When hiring a professional color consultant you can assume one thing.They do not travel lightly to their in-home appointments!
The Professional Color Consultant
“I have tons of space in my car trunk for groceries or a spur of the moment shopping spree,” said no professional color consultant EVER. No, a professional color consultant’s job requires a “tool set” that most likely fills the entire back-end of their car.
While not every color consultation will utilize every tool, having each of these tools on hand helps ensure a successful appointment. My professional color consultant “tool set” has evolved over the years. In fact, the experience I’ve gleaned from previous color consultations has added to the tools I carry now. So, let’s take a look into the trunk of my Santa Fe.
The Major Tools
- Benjamin Moore Paint Color Fan Decks – Fan decks are my color “life lines”. In fact, they are the first things I turn to when selecting paint colors. They allow me to quickly separate probable hues from those that most certainly will not work. I have a special technique for utilizing my decks which makes the initial stages of the consultation a breeze.
- Benjamin Moore Paint Chips – While the 1″ x 2″ color samples in my fan decks are helpful, they by know means seal the deal. Thankfully, Benjamin Moore has provided me with larger color chips of their entire collection of colors. This makes narrowing down the choices I set aside from my fan decks as simple as 1, 2, 3.
- Painted Sample Boards – Sometimes nothing but an extra large painted sample will do when making a final decision. For this reason, I’ve had my co-workers at Bloomington Paint & Wallpaper paint color sample boards in all of the most popular colors. We continually add to this list, so my collection of paint color sample boards is always growing by leaps and bounds.
- Flooring Samples – Many of my clients need help choosing their cabinet, counter top, window covering, furniture fabric, bedding, and flooring colors. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for me to travel with these selections in my car. The most important, in my color system, is the flooring. If the walls and floors are not compatible, no amount of gorgeous or expensive furniture can remedy this mistake.
The Tools You Don’t See
- Benjamin Moore’s 3 Ring Binder of Paint Colors – When choosing colors for my clients, the first thing I take into account is their color loves, and dislikes. Even if I know one of their color dislikes would be awesome in their space, I know that it’s not right for THEM. For those that have difficulty conveying what they love and dislike, this 3 ring binder is key. I’m able to flip through the binder quickly, and effortlessly, gauging what type of color makes my clients light up. Then I apply these colors to what will actually work in their space.
- Paint Sheen Sticks – Once again, I’ve utilized my co-workers to paint paint stir sticks with each of Benjamin Moore’s paint sheens. This is SO important. Paint sheen affects the way you perceive color, in addition to the way it will perform for you. For this reason, I find it imperative to carry these sticks with me at all times.
- Frog Tape – I take Frog Tape along on every color consultation I perform. The reason is that it holds my painted sample boards to the wall, while not marring the paint that’s currently on the wall. Frequently my clients want validation for a color choice. With Frog Tape, I’m able to hang my painted sample boards to the wall knowing I won’t mar the paint, nor will the sample fall off the wall. This allows me to walk away and take into consideration how the paint sample interacts with everything else in the room.
- Grid paper – Sometimes my work requires me to draw out a room. Grid paper makes this task SO much easier.
- Architect Ruler – This ruler allows me to draw spaces to scale.
- 25′ Tape Measure – My 25′ tape measure comes in handy frequently. When I need to measure a room in order to draw it out on grid paper, the tape measure helps me draw the room’s dimensions accurately.
- Children’s scissors – I carry a small scissor with me at all times. Not only are they invaluable for cutting my Frog Tape when needed, they also cut samples of the paint color chips we collaboratively decided upon in our consultation. Because they are so small they take up little room, and their rounded edges assure they won’t poke through the fabric of the bag I carry them (and other tools) in.
Light Traveling Color Consultants
If you contract with a color consultant that doesn’t arrive with at least as many pieces of the “tool set” as I have, question them. How do they plan on helping you navigate the many paint colors of the world if they don’t have each of these tools? What samples will they leave behind for you? How will they help you determine the best paint sheen for your project? And, lastly, how can you be sure they exhausted all of the paint color choices if they don’t arrive with a full spectrum of tools?