CD: There are SO many paint colors available, how do you recommend getting started on choosing without feeling completely overwhelmed?
BA: I always like to ask clients if there are colors they have strong aversions to or absolutely love. For example, I had a client who was green/red color blind so anything with green in it looked brown and boring to him. So, no green! Most people have some association with a color whether they really know it or not. Color subconsciously connects or evokes a mode or feeling. Understanding where a person gravitates on the color wheel lets me create a complimentary palette for them that has a rhythm and subtle repeats throughout the home. This makes things very harmonious and puts their own personal stamp on their home.
CD: Any tips on how to best test colors you think might work?
BA: Color boards! I carry around main paint decks but then we create paint boards so you can move them around the house and see which color suits the light best. You may love a color but you can find its not great in a north facing space… not try the south side of the house! Permanently painted samples make that hard.
CD: Ideas around being a bit creative with paint like the stripes we did on the kids ceilings?!
BA: Paint is the easiest way to update a space.
Idea #1- never neglect the ceiling
Idea #2- never hurts to do stripes or something fun with pattern and layout of color with paint.
I also like a gradation of color, or 1/3-2/3 sections of color, lastly you can paint a wainscot height of color. So many choices!
Idea #3 repeat color throughout a house. If you paint the front door navy, repeat it on the kitchen island or a mantel and then you can top it off with the accents. Rhythm in color is key: its like art.
CD: Any complete no-no’s with paint?!
BA: The thing with paint is knowing the fundamental rules but also knowing when rules are meant to be broken. Using similar tones in paint is key. You can add great color anywhere but keep the all tones warm or cool is important as well as not jumping or dark to light around a house. It can feel a bit unbalanced. Another simple rule of thumb is stopping paint on inside its one rule I abide by 95% of the time. Paint should follow the architecture.
CD: Do you have any go-to colors/ole faithfuls you’d like to share?
Classic Gray Benjamin Moore OC-23, it’s the best light/warm gray and it any color looks good with it
White Dove- Benjamin Moore, great warm white, also very versatile
Templeton Gray BM, for a bold and sophisticated look
Revere Pewter BM, easy neutral with anything
Newburg Green BM, for a bit a drama