(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)
DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ says
Thanks Rhoda, A timely post for sure….I’m getting ready to repaint my main bath. I painted it blue & it’s just not working for me…LOL.
I have decided I don’t like it because it’s blue & I’m a green person! I’m going to try a very soft green/blue this time. I have all my accessories & am all ready to redecorate….just need the right paint color. Today I’m making the decision on paint so THANK YOU for the suggestions!
PS, I’m sending you an email.
The Nester says
Wow,I bet you are tired after writing all that! I love how you explain about undertones–that really can make or brake a color and I think most people have a hard time with that!
Great ideas Rhoda!
I want to do a blue room, not sure the shade, yet. Not sure the room, but I’m thinking the studio could use a little TLC, so that might be a good place to try blue.
LOVE IT!! RO!! very good!
Wow, Rhoda…when someone asks you a question you give us your all! I just let my girls pick out their own paint colors for their bedrooms (which I am going to eventually post when they are done) and you know what? They picked out colors I never would have and they look great! Hmm–kids knew better than me! I am actually thinking of redoing our livingroom and will keep a tab on this post so i can use it when the time comes! Super post!
The Feathered Nest says
Picking paint is a frustrating experience since not all the paint lines carry sample pots and you really can’t go by those paint chips! One of my neighbors has painted EVERY room in her house a different color. Not something I would do or recommend but she really loves it!
Your recipe binder came out really cute! I like the green binder with the papers!
Rhoda amazing ideas – thanks so much!
Terry's Croppin Tales says
Funny that you should talk about paint today. I have enjoyed reading your blog for sometime now and love your decorating ideas.
We are painting our dining room, hallway and living room as we speak!
My question for you is where did you find Ralph Lauren Turret Stairs Satin? I have some end tables that are in need of a new color and I love your results.
Thanks again for the inspiration!
Central Point, OR
That was very interesting and I learned a few things. I always take so much time picking out paint. Thanks for all the great tips.
Ruth Welter says
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Classic Charm says
What a great post. Funny I have a lot of these colors in my home.
My kitchen is SW Blonde, Living/Dining rooms are BM Lenox Tan, Foyer and staircase and landing is SW Whole Wheat. My bedroom in our last home was Shelbourne Buff. I guess we have similar taste. Ha!
Sher's Creative Expressions says
Rhoda, do you want to know my little secret to picking out paint colors? I take about 8 of those little sample chips (same color). Tape them together on the backside and then tape them on the wall I am considering painting that color. I will have have a nice “chunk” size of paint to see. I will have many different choices when I begin and check the wall at different times during the day and night to get the light right. Then when I paint the walls, I’m not surprised!!
I believe this little tip came from Lynette Jennings. Remember her? I believe Lynette was from Canada. I used to watch her show way before HGTV and DIY cable networks hit the airwaves/cablewaves.
Francie of The Scented Cottage says
LOL…that’s what I always say “it’s only paint”. I have several color chips taped to my walls right now.
Since my wood work isn’t painted (I am sooo waffling over that) I look at those chips for days (weeks, months LOL).
Wow, girl, that was such an informative post! Picking a color is what scares most people. I have friends who need an “advisor” (moi) and then after looking at a million colors and we pick one, we are so tired we must “do” lunch!:)
Sandi McBride says
You know I never think about a color wheel either…If I see a color I like that I think would look good on a wall, I just take it to my local Lowe’s and have them match it…sometimes they work it out, sometimes I just stuck with a hideous colour! Great info for us all, good thing you are retired and have time to do all this research for us, darling Rhoda…thanking you from my heart!
The Nester had a great post about her favorite paint. All very interesting.
Great explanation of the color wheel, Rhoda! We use that in watercolor also. Your home is gorgeous!
Jen r. says
Great post… I love the historical colors and have Powell buff in my LR and Lenox tan in my girls’ room…You are right, you just can’t go wrong…It is funny how colors all come back around though in some form.
The French Nest says
Great ideas, Rhoda! Love the picture you posted at the beginning of your post…the colours are so classic and tasteful.
Oh so many wonderful facts and ideas! I am definitely a warm person. I can remember when orange and brown were the big colors!
Thanks for sharing all the info!