Over the years, I’ve visited plenty of homes where the paint colors theoretically worked with the client’s furnishings, yet were wrong for the client. Good color cannot be chosen by theory alone, but through theory and the thoughtful discernment of ones likes, dislikes, wants, and needs.
During my initial consultation with a client, I ask two seemingly simple, yet very important, questions. I start with, “What colors are you interested in using?” The second, “What colors do you like and dislike?” Far too often I’m met with a blank stare, which is a shame. Clients that arrive prepared with an idea of how they’d like their space to look, as well as their likes and dislikes, find the process of selecting new colors far less stressful.
More frequently than I care to admit, I’m asked to select new colors I “know” will look good. When a client wishes to absolve himself of all responsibility in selecting new colors, I know there’s a high probability he’ll walk away dissatisfied. Why? Because without answers to my first two questions, I’m operating at a great disadvantage.
Many clients BELIEVE they want someone else to make all of the decisions, but a color consultant worth their weight in gold will ask probing questions. They will then filter the answers they receive through the their own knowledge and expertise to arrive at the perfect color solution for the project, and client. A thorough knowledge of color theory, and a trained eye, will solve only a portion of the “perfect color” equation. The other portion requires help from YOU.
For example, study the wallpaper sample and paint daubs above. Any one of the paint colors would work beautifully in tandem with the wallpaper, but it’s unlikely that all three would be your perfect color. This is because you probably don’t like each of the colors, or don’t like them equally well. When you know your color preferences, the decision process becomes much easier because it naturally eliminates choices.
So, what must you absolutely do prior to your paint color consultation? As obvious as it may sound, you must get clear on these aspects of color:
- What colors do you like, and dislike?
- How light, or dark, do you wish the color to be?
- Do you prefer clean, clear colors or soft, muted ones?
- How will you use the room?
- How do you want to feel in the room?
- Do you prefer the highest concentration of color in your room to be on the walls, or in your accessories?
In closing, the ability to convey your thoughts on color will ensure you the best possible consultation. Not only can I then select colors I know you like, but you can be assured they will work beautifully with both your taste and home furnishings. Remember, a color is only perfect if it complements the elements of your room and if you love it.
** I’ve created multiple Pinterest boards to help you visually determine what type of color pleases you. **
The featured wallpaper pattern is from Seabrook’s Richmond Heights book. The Benjamin Moore paint colors are from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection. Gold ~ Gamboge CW-285, Red-Orange ~ Dragons Breath CW-320, Blue-Green ~ Buffett Green CW-535.