Now, What Color is Your Parachute?

As I write this article, I just drove home from a consultation.  Majority of the discussion was regarding color.  Since color is great way to enhance a room and impacts your mood let’s learn more about color.  If you elect to do nothing new to a room but need a change, change the color.  Any design article you read, will state the best way to enhance a room is to change the color.  If you do not like it, you can always paint over it. If you learn how to select paint you should not have to repaint the room, if you are not sure of the colors you selected hire a professional.

Now, let me share a few things.  Watch your hues or base color when selecting color in adjoining spaces.   Adjoining areas do not have to match.  Create flow through similarities in wood, style, color, fabrics, patterns, and more.  Below you will find some great tips for determining color for a room or room(s).

  1. Do not let a room happen. Choose a theme or item that you love to help you determine a color(s) you can ultimately live with long term, i.e. bed linen to drive the color for a master bedroom.
  2. Evaluate your paint choice in the morning and evening and near a light source and away from one. Finalize color during the room’s natural light and typically during the day when there is more natural light.
  3. When visualizing paint color from a small chip, look at it vertically, the way it will appear on the wall. Order large swatches from the manufacturer by visiting their website.  Typically you receive the large swatches in 2 to 3 days.
  4. Do not rely on the lighting mechanisms at the home and garden stores, the light sources are not the best choices when selecting color for your house. Key word your house, the light will be different because of the natural light, cabinets, carpet/flooring, furniture and more.
  5. Spread color and pattern 360 degrees around the room from floor to ceiling. Repeat a color at least 3 to 5 times in a room but do not over do it.
  6. Remember the 5th wall when painting, according to Christopher Loyll. Adding color to the ceiling in a dining room and/or master bedroom tray can add drama and intimacy.
  7. Accent walls are not for every room in the house. I know, you saw it on HGTV.  Be careful, if the wall contains a fireplace and several windows, why do you need to accent the wall.  The wall will stand out by itself so  just add color to the room or accent a different wall that will force your eye around the room.
  8. Stumped for a coordinating color? Look around at how nature, food or advertisements do it!
  9. Yes, woods can be mixed, contrary to popular beliefs. You mix colors, don’t you?  Remember the color of a room will change with different colors of wood.  Furniture with more red tones looks great with yellow and/or gold paint.  Dark mahogany furniture looks great with grey, blue, red and/or taupe paint.
  10. If decorating styles conflict, compromise on common ground: color, style, mood, or texture.


You should understand that color will not jump out of the can and onto the walls.  You will need to take a leap of faith and make it happen.  Only you can determine the color of your parachute or the color that moves you.  Inspired but still overwhelmed? Mutter no more! Call if you need help.