Over the past few months, we’ve been working on creating a partnership with Benjamin Moore paints. Well, this past week, we’ve officially become affiliated! Last Friday, Benjamin Moore sent out one of their best representatives to teach our Design Consultants all about color—how to decorate with color, how to choose the right paint color in contrast to a sofa, and how to tell red-oranges from orange-reds. Here are the 4 most important tips I learned from Benjamin Moore so far:
1. Don’t Add White to “Tone Down” a Color
Seems odd, I know. My 1st grade art teacher once told my class that if the color your painting is too bright, just add a little bit of white to it to tone it down. That’s pretty much stuck with me ever since, so I was just as confused as you are when I was told not to add white to bright colors.
Instead, you’re supposed to add a small amount of a color that’s opposite on the color from the one you’re using. So if you have a pink that’s too bright, add a little bit of green to soften it. If you add white to a bright pink, what you’ll end up with is just a lighter really bright pink.
Even if you want to paint your room right now and don’t think you can wait another day to do it, it may be worth it to wait. The standard paint chip size is only about 3”x5”, and when you put that up against the wall in your house, you can still hardly even tell what it will look like once it’s covering your entire wall. If you go on Benjamin Moore’s website, you can actually order 8”x8” paint chips!
I'll even share with you my secret: it’s even better if you take four 8”x8” chips and tape them together and then tape them onto the wall. That’s probably the best way you’ll be able to tell what the color will look like without going through all that work of actually painting!
3. Always Ask for Fabric Swatches
If you know that you’re going to repaint the room that your new piece of furniture will be going in but just aren’t sure in what color, ask for a fabric swatch of the furniture’s fabric. If you take the swatch to just about any paint store, they’ll be able to help by giving you associative colors that would look great next to that piece. And now, since our Design Consultants are trained on color, you can ask anyone in our store and they’ll be able to do the same.
4. Worry about Paint Color Last
Seriously. A gallon of paint will cost you pocket change compared to what you’re paying for new furniture. So which would you rather replace—the $50 wall color or the $1,500 couch that doesn’t go just right with the color of your wall?
Each of our Design Consultants has the ability to guide you in the right direction of paint color after you choose your furniture color. Do you want your wall color to be an accent or within the same value of your furniture? Even if you don’t know the answer to that question just yet, our Design Consultants can bring out examples and show you what each color would look like next to the color of your furniture.
So now that you know the most important design tips from a pro, let's get to decorating!
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