It may be the world's most asked question: "What color is that?" I take it as a compliment. People all over the world see photos of the work we have done and ask the same question. It is wonderful that the general population "likes" the colors used on our properties. Yet, do they see what I see? Let's ponder that thought for a bit.
When someone asks that question, it is most often after viewing a photo. Colors when viewed in photographs can appear quite differently than they appear in real life. If you like what you see, it may be best to try to emulate that color in reality rather than just following a color code from say, Sherwin Williams. Not only what one sees may be different than what another sees ( i see warm gray but you see tan) but does that color appear ONLINE like what it does in REALITY?
When one is looking for inspiration that is all it really is. It is "inspiration" and not "the final word". I love sharing and I feel when others share with me, I learn. So, I share and others can learn also. But, my color may not be your color. It may be close to what you want or even see, but maybe not the actual color you need. What many forget to address is the fact that the space, the furnishings and of course the natural and artificial light in a room affect the color greatly. What may appear purple with one kind of lighting may appear brown with another. We are also in a transition of light bulb styles but that is well, for another time.
How to select the right color for YOU.
1. Check online and other sources for your inspiration. Is it a light color you are looking for? Gray? Blue? Something new? Whatever it be, just start somewhere. It's sorta like that commercial for saving for your future or the one for buying your next car… you have to START.
2. Then, take that inspiration and find other places to see it IN PERSON. In person helps you understand how it works in larger spaces, smaller spaces and in different lighting situations. While you like a dark color, will it be right for your small bath? (I often think yes!)
3. Go to a store and get color swatches and maybe even inspiration books. Seeing a color on a swatch is quite different than online.
4. Take swatches to where the color will be… but don't over think it! If you think you can see the entire color in the entire space exactly how you see the color on the chip you are a crazy person in need of an evaluation. BUT… you can surely start to see how the color will react with the surroundings.
5. Get an entire wall painted. YES! An entire wall!!!! That of course is if you have that opportunity.
6. TRUST YOUR DESIGNER. If you actually budget in the designer fee and pay someone to help, well, you must must trust them and not keep second guessing. It is like short hand key strokes on a keyboard or texting without looking… the more you do it the better you become. It is the same for a designer.. the more they do the better they become. Things just become second nature. And… the designer can make that quick decision so you can get to painting and then onto enjoying the final space.
Behr has an interesting page talking about colors for 2015. For fun… check it out below. But for goodness sake don't take the colors for what you see… get a swatch. or….