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Putting some color back in your life...

Painting and staining in Gilboa New YorkAs we began this year, we decided to focus on a marketing message to help you to "Put some color back in your life". This was an important message for us not only because we want to gain more painting business, but also because it is a reminder that this life is short in the face of eternity and we must remember to spend our time in pursuit of those things that really matter.

So far, this year we have been extremely busy travelling all over Greene, Columbia, Albany, and Rensallaer counties here in upstate New York.

How to Choose Colors: Segment 5

Segment 5: My Own Experience With Light

As we discover how to choose colors for our space and we learn the importance of considering lighting, I thought I would share an experience I had with color.

Last summer we were painting the interior of a house in Loudonville, a suburb of Albany, NY, and the master bedroom was Glidden Stone 806, a light gray color. As I was painting, I noticed the color seemed purple. Knowing the client was adamant about wanting a soothing neutral color, I was a bit worried as well as perplexed.

Choosing Colors

Segment 4: Types of Light

Did you know that the type of lighting in your house can have a great effect on how colors will look when painted on a wall? Here are 3 types of lighting and how they effect colors:

Direct Sunlight: Considered the ideal light source, natural sunlight maintains a neutral balance between the warm (yellow cast) and cool (blue cast) ends of the light spectrum. Northern light is the coolest, while light from a southern exposure is most intense. Direct sunlight provides the truest rendition of colors within a room.

How to Choose colors for Your space: Part 3

"How to Choose Colors for Your House"
Segment 3: Color - A Function of Light

Have you ever seen a paint chip or color that you absolutely loved in a store but found it looked completely different when you took it home? You've just experienced "metamerism," a phenomenon whereby colors seem to change when viewed under different light sources. It's always best to view color swatches in the actual space and lighting conditions in which they'll be used. Some colors are particularly prone to metamerism, including tans, taupes, grays, grayed-blues, mauves, lilacs and grayed yellow-greens.

Segment 2: Create Your Palette

Segment 2: Create Your Palette
  • Once you have gathered your paint color ideas, take a look at your collection and see which design elements stand out. Are there specific colors, styles, or other elements that attract you?
  • Group paint colors to see which ones most appeal to you.
  • View all paint samples together in the rooms where they will be used. You will then see what your choices will look like with existing elements and in actual lighting conditions.
      (We will discuss why this is important in our next segment.

How to put colors together in your living space in 5 steps!

How to put colors together in your living space in 5 steps!
Do you need help putting colors together or are you looking for ways to use color to revamp your living spaces? Over the next few weeks we will be showing you, with the assistance of Benjamin Moore, how to choose colors for your new redesigned space. Benjamin Moore is our paint of choice. We have used just so many brands but find only the best performance and quality in Ben Moore products. Lawlor Family Painting highly recommends using Ben Moore for your next painting project!

Choose a Wall Color to be a Backdrop

Putting some color back in your life doesn't  necessarily mean painting your walls in some outrageously bold colors. In fact, your walls are a backdrop and should serve to put the spotlight on the things in your room such as furnishings, wall hangings, and your family and friends. In the picture below you see a room that we painted for a bed & breakfast in Hudson, NY using Benjamin Moore Regal Select in a flat sheen so that it would be understated. The client, a wonderful interior designer, chose a custom color which was designed to maximize attention to the colorful wall hangings and furnishings.