Decisions, decisions. Tips on picking a color.

Decisions, decisions. Tips on picking a color.

Hello and welcome to the new website! This is the first website that has been designed specifically for Seneca Painting to address the needs of our customers and showcase the services we have to offer. I encourage you to take a look at all the pages, especially the portfolio. I hope you like it as much as I do!

For my first blog I decided to talk about a subject that relates to every painting project, picking a color. This task comes easy for some people while others labor over it for hours or even days. Careful consideration should go into choosing a color, since it is something that you will see everyday. I’m sure anyone who has done this is familiar with the swatches you can get from a paint or home improvement store. In my opinion, it is hard to tell what a color will look like in a room from a 2 x 2 inch square. I recommend picking two or three colors then getting a sample jar of paint for each color. Sample jars can be purchased for about $5 or you can ask your painter if he or she can provide them for you. Keep in mind that darker colors will make a room appear smaller while lighter ones will open them up. Lighting can have a very dramatic effect on a color, so be sure to do color samples on more than one wall or room. This holds true with exterior painting too. A color may look different in a shaded area compared to one that gets a lot of sun.

Another alternative is to seek some outside help. Ask your painter for his or her opinion or suggestions. Most of the major paint manufacturers websites have the ability for you to visualize a color better than a swatch. These tools will even suggest an accent and trim color to complement the main color. Free in-store color consultation is available from a few select companies, usually by appointment only. Hiring an interior designer or decorator is another option, if it’s in your budget. No matter how you go about picking a color, have fun with it and try not to put too much pressure on yourself.

1 Comment

  1. Ned Earley says:

    Excellent suggestions. Ideas I would not have thought of.

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