I know it’s been a while so I hope you’ve all been enjoying your summer. I’ve been very busy with lots of design projects and updating my Lorrie Browne Interiors website, which are the things I normally juggle. But you know what really keeping me busy? Dog Rescue work! We adopted our dog, Roxie, from Big Dog Ranch Rescue last year and I loved the group so much I started doing some fundraising. One thing led to another and now I am helping them with their website, fundraising and I have a foster dog named Brewster sitting in my office! But that’s how life goes sometimes and as I get older, I am learning that rolling with it is not only a more healthy attitude but more fun too! So I knew you wouldn’t mind if I took a little summer vacation from My Design Secrets. But now I am back so let’s talk about Paint!
Selecting multiple paint colors can be pretty tricky if you have a home with an open floor plan or many rooms close together. Some of you are willing to take your time and do your homework and that’s why I wrote my Paint Primer post a while back. But I know that many people are overwhelmed enough to shelf the project and go have a fruity drink (which is also a very good option, but it won’t get any closer to you goal!) So since it’s a quick weekend project and the makeover potential is awesome, I’ll share some tricks to get you on the fast track to coloring your world.
Easy but Effective Approaches to Selecting Paint Colors
Same Color, Many Shades - Living and Dining areas with an open floor plan are a good place for this method. I know many people are tempted to choose 2 complementary colors but that can really chop up the space and make it look smaller. Architectural details (columns, moldings, corners) allow you a logical place to transition from one shade to the next.
The Easy Way to find these colors? The Benjamin Moore Classic Colors. When choosing your colors, I would skip a shade or two in between. For example: 482 and 480.
You probably learned this in art class when you were young. If you keep adding white to any color, you get lighter and lighter shades which eventually lead you to a pastel tone.
Different Colors, Same Family - One of the best ways to paint closely located rooms but add a little drama is go with a color family. Use the darkest color in the brightest space and the lightest color in the low light areas. It helps even things out. For example: My living room has 2 full walls of French doors so I went bold with a medium brown on the two remaining walls. But my powder room, which is very small with one window, is a buff color which opens it up a bit. It’s a simple to way to get a designer palette without the stress of choosing multiple colors.
The Easy Way to Find These Colors? -The Benjamin Moore Historical Colors. You will see more of a distinct change from color to color unlike the classic colors that offer subtle steps of color.
If you want to go a little bolder, the Historical Colors allow you to find complementary colors but each still has a distinct tone.
Wall color is a critical element in a well designed room but I think many times, homeowners take things a bit too far. The terms “Bold” and “Fun” are warning signs and it’s easy to grow tired of these colors quickly. Don’t lose sight of your original goal: to pull together all of the furnishings in the room. The walls should not take center stage but rather provide a lovely backdrop.
Whether you gravitate toward blue, brown or pink there’s a world of color that will get you where you are going and leave room for colorful accessories and most importantly, some updates down the line. I hope these tips help you choose wisely!