Choosing the right paint color for a given space is overwhelming. Period. We have all been there; the unintentional victim of a previous owner or tenant's perfect maroon or yellow gloss walls, the powder green kitchen that makes you queasy while you drink your morning coffee, the red dining room that someone promised would "warm things up" only to leave you feeling...well, not warm, and on and on. Color is personal, I am not going to argue that, but color is also universal. It should be intentional, it should be harmonious, it should contribute to and play with the landscape or story of the particular space in which it is used.
-Things to consider: Anything that is permanent and or non negotiable. This can be anything from the flooring and trim (painted or wood), to expensive pieces such as a sofa, rugs, bedroom furniture, dining room set, china/dishes etc. You may also want to consider any favorite (expensive) bedding as well (coming from a self admitted duvet hoarder). These things are meant to last for a while so choose wisely when it's time to shop!
-When possible, I like to clear all the contents of the room except for the main pieces that will be used before picking the color(s). If you are changing an existing color I realize this isn't always possible, but follow the other steps as best you can.
-Clear the clutter off all surfaces.
-Get as much natural light as possible. The best time to look at colors, (for me) is after 12pm and before 4pm.
I'm like the reverse-vampire-color-picker.
-Turn off the artificial light. Call me crazy, but this is one of my "things". Light bulbs can really mess up my mojo when casting yellow or blue shadows. I use clear light bulbs on all projects when permitted.
-Step back and survey the space. What are the main two colors that are present? Which one recedes? Which one progresses? This is the magical time when you are ready to pick your color...
-Select a color that marries the prominent existing colors.
While it may seem like a limiting, simple, or on the other hand, a totally complicated solution--I promise it is not. Unless you have an empty home, don't own a single thing and are building from the ground up, you are already living with fixed colors and tones that more or less dictate the direction you should go in.
Still overwhelmed? Drop me a line and schedule a consultation. I am located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Color consultations are billed at $125 for the first hour and $75 thereafter. The majority of color consultations are completed within one hour.