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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.

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.

Inspiration for Your Next Renovation Projects

Dot & Bo is a great site that I use to find color ideas and inspiration for painting projects. Check out their ideas for 2015 renovation project to get inspired for your own. It's 2015. Time to put some color in your life!

What to ask when hiring a painter / contractor

Let's face it: hiring a painting contractor can be scary work if you are not used to it. With your hard-earned money on the line, how do you know you are getting a great painter who will do a great paint job for a great price? 

While it is important to keep in mind that no one is perfect, there are some questions you should ask a potential painting contractor from the start to ease your nerves. You shouldn't feel strange about asking a lot of a potential painter in the beginning. If he or she is a professional (only deal with professionals), they won't mind answering all of your questions and putting your mind at ease.

Put some color in your life!

Are you looking to put some color back in your life or remodel your home? Painting is a low cost alternative that can transform your home while giving you the ultimate bang for your buck. Check out Benjamin Moore's Color Trends for 2015 and get ahead of the game. Then call Lawlor Family Painting to find out what we can do to help you save effort, time, and money while getting a high quality finish. 


See what we can do for you!

    Let Lawlor Family Painting make your memories brighter. We removed 5 layers of wallpaper and painted this house for a great couple and their family. Special thanks to Lisa Jaeger of Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty for the great pics. If you are looking to buy or sell a house, give her a call today @ 518-734-4200.
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Well, it has been a VERY busy year so far! I haven't done my job of updating this blog regularly, however we have lots of great pictures we are editing and will be posting very soon. Check back again!