All posts tagged: do’s and don’t of picking paint colors


Choosing Paint Colors for Open Floor Plan–Like Finding Jeans that Fit

  The question I get asked the most is what color should I paint my walls when the walls merge into 17 other spaces aka an open floor plan. People always want me to give them a magic answer that does not include the word beige. I get it. I’m not a fan of “beige” either. Open floor plans equal several walls that you see simultaneously–that means lots of square footage. This is not the opportunity to show your individuality and your love of color. Go neutral, you don’t have to call it “beige”–call it “Moonlit Mushroom” or “Hint of Chocolate”. You showcase your personality in other ways–accent chairs, a kitchen island, pillows, a wallpapered accent wall, rugs. And if you really want some diversity with the neutral color take the whole paint card and choose a few of the shades off the card for the surrounding opening rooms.   If in doubt about which neutral shade to go with–go lighter instead of darker. The color always intensifies and looks brighter once it goes on …

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How To Not Screw Up Paint Colors

I get asked all the time really specific questions about paint colors. “I have an open floor plan, with this color floor, and this color furniture, and the pillows are this color—-so what color should I paint the bathroom?” I really don’t know.  I’m not in your house.  But I can tell you what NOT to do. IF you are super challenged with these type of things then here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts. If you are Candace Olsen or Nate Berkus (read Professionals or someone with a great eye for design) then you can disregard this post and do what you want…you’ll figure out a way to make it all work. Otherwise. If you want a yellow room, don’t pick a yellow. Do pick a white with a tint of yellow.  Same goes with all the other colors.  Blue? Pick a white with a hint of blue.   How do you do this?  Go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up one of the “Whites” pamphlets. There’s like 70 “Whites” all …