(From Country Home, March ’08)
Someone requested that I do a post on choosing paint colors, so I went out there to do some research, so we could all be a little more informed on things. I don’t have a color wheel, but I think I need to get one. Remember these? They do help somewhat in envisioning paint colors and how they work with each other. I don’t conciously look at a color wheel when I’m choosing paints, but I guess those rules factor in when we put a room together. I’m not very scientific about how I do things, it would seem!
And, as they talked about above, you have to decide if you are a warm or cool person. Me? I’m definitely a warm person, in that I love warmer colors and that’s the colors I want to surround myself with. And many times, choosing colors can just be downright frustrating trying to get it right. Believe me, I’ve been through SO many test quarts myself! That’s one of my first recommendations. Go get test quarts and try them out in your house, in your light before you ever commit to a color. Lighting can also wreak havoc on a paint color. What is perfect in someone else’s home may not work like you envisioned in your own home. That’s why it’s so important to try it out first before you commit to those 3 gallons of paint!
- Golds with brick reds and soft, earthy colors in the livingroom
- Gold with deep blue in our masterbedroom and bath
- Gold with olive green and reds in the kitchen
- Gold with black and brick red in the diningroom
- The 2 guestrooms have some gold with greens, blacks, tans, and garnet
- And hubby’s office only has deep blue for the most part.
Olive Branch – 2143-30 (sage)
Terri and Bob says
Rhoda, wow, what great information! You are the master of color! My paint mixer just passed away on Friday of last week.. he was a genius at it.
Thanks for the information!
Loved your post on paint colors. I’m pretty good at picking out paint colors and always go with what I love. I think there is a school of thought to look at your wardrobe to see what colors you should use. My wardrobe consists of white, black, khaki and denim. BUT my house is golds, reds and chocolates. I also love certain greens. I always have black for accents.
Glad ya’ll did have any bad weather in B’Ham on Sunday….Shane and his family waited here at home before going home.
Leaving on Friday for Savannah/Charleston so I’ll talk to ya when I return.
Hugs – Judy
Good post Rhoda!
It will be so helpful for people.
That’s what I always say, it’s only paint, and if you don’t like it you can paint over it.
Isn’t paint wonderful? It is so much better than wallpaper without a doubt. Your information is timely as we have been working on our house quite a bit of late. The latest project is a chocolate and red master bed and bath. You home and its color scheme is just beautiful! I hope that you have had a fabulous week.
please,please show more pictures. Some of us are just more visual. I would love to see more pictures of rooms with colors.
Great post!! I always need all the help I can get :^)
The color that I need to know about is that living room that you posted at the beginning of your blog entry…maybe Country Home…I have the red dining room, but would love the khaki color for the kitchen and LR. Would you have any idea about what it is??? Essentially I need a green based khaki like that!
Sincere thanks for any info!
Lisa Hartigan says
I love BM Providence Olive and want to use it in my Foyer, dining room, and upstairs hallway. The problem is I have chair rail in my dining room, and 3 very large trimmed out rectangles on my foyer walls (decorative feature), that will need a different color. What color would look nice with Providence Olive?
HI, Lisa, I always like white below the chair rail. Is that what you mean? I’m not sure I would paint rectangles that are on upper walls a different color, I’d treat them the same as the wall.