Did you know that 40% of the paint sold in the United States is to correct PREVIOUS color mistakes? Yep. It’s true. A common error people make is selecting the paint color first and then making decisions about the remainder of the room. Although I ALWAYS recommend paint color last, this isn’t always possible. For example, new homeowners frequently want to have the entire house painted BEFORE they move in and furnish the home. Based upon the amount of light and the mood of the room, I have mastered the art of selecting no-fail neutrals that work with just about anything. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few examples.
During a Paint Consultation, two years ago, the home owner told me that he would furnish the house over time using antiques discovered at auctions and vintage stores. This was tricky because it meant my color palette would have to work with a variety of colors. The client did not have a ‘theme’ or a piece to use for inspiration and it also meant that furniture of different colors, textures and patterns could potentially live in the same room. My client is on ‘Phase Two’ and recently invited me back to design custom window treatments. I was delighted to see that the original colors, which I selected, worked perfectly with a gorgeous antique oriental rug that commands the room.
A ski condo I designed and furnished for a client in Killington, Vermont, had a similar need. While the design process allowed us to select all the furniture and fabrics for the main spaces and kitchen, the upstairs bedrooms were left for Phase Two. I selected a serene green-gray. When we completed the bedroom eight months later, the colors worked beautifully.
I’m currently working on a very large barn renovation outside of Ludlow, Vermont, and the builder requested paint colors long before we were in the ‘Furniture Planning’ stage. So I had to select a whole-house color palette that would work FOR us, not AGAINST us, when it came time to select the furniture fabrics. As you can see, the colors worked wonderfully with the fabrics I specified for our Miles Talbot furniture order.
If you’d like to download my list of TOP 10 Paint Colors (be warned – these are my current favorites and are NOT paint color recommendations) just follow the link HERE.
Photo Credit: Rutland Interior Designer, Rutland, Vermont