Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
It’s mid-March and you know what that means!
Painting season is upon us.
Therefore, in addition to helping you with your palettes and colors…
I want to warn you about some common hideous painting mistakes.
In all fairness. I know that these are hideous painting mistakes, because well… I’ve made a lot of ’em myself. And I want to save you the pain, heartache and subsequent humiliation. It doesn’t have to be that way.
- Not testing the paint up the wazoo before painting.
Yes, the color looked fabulous in your friend’s home, in the store, on TV or in a magazine. You absolutely have to look at a large sample in the space its going to be in and that is your home. No two rooms have the exact same lighting. And believe me when I tell you that I’ve seen some wacky things!
For more info about the proper way to test paint colors, please look here. Some of these tips are also on the other post but most of these are new tips.
- Not looking at the paint chip in any direction except flat up against the wall. Not down on the paint, not propped up against the wall, but FLAT against the wall.
And you are not going to ever do this, right?
Oh, I do feel their pain.But this? Oh my word! white over bright green!? You cannot tell a bloody thing here!
And to further make my point. Here’s the proof.
But the wall is where it’s going, so why not paint it on the wall Laurel? And which one is “right?”
Well, in this case, probably neither. The sample needs to be FLAT against the wall. And you need to make it two coats. And it should be against a white background. At least, they made the poster board.
That’s what you should do. You make large samples like this and put them flat against the wall. Then, you need to move the sample around because…
You could put your sample right on top of a reflection from a green tree and think that you’re getting a nice warm gray, when in reality, what you’re going to be getting over-all is a nice cool purple. You need to look at the colors on all the walls and high, low and in between. And please… no lights— at first. Then, you can turn on the lights.
- You’re worried that the color is too intense and then you order it at 50% or some other percentage.
The thinking here is that the color will be half as “strong?” No. It’ll be another color. Now, it might be a nice color. But why drive yourself
even more nuts? I would try to find another color first.
- Painting the trim “WHITE.”
Sounds easy, right? Here’s the problem. The color that Benjamin Moore calls “white” is actually a very, very pale gray in some lights. In a north facing room it’s going to look dingy and drab. North facing rooms do better with medium to darker shades with warm undertones. Or for white trim, one with warm undertones, like OC-122 Cotton Balls.
I won’t kid you, north facing rooms are not easy and there can be other factors, so my best advice is to experiment if you’re not getting the color that you want.
- Believing that to “brighten” a dark room, you should paint it as white as possible.
See above. :]
- Painting the ceiling— “ceiling white”
I never specify that color because again, it’s gray and usually the ceiling looks grayer than the walls to begin with. That is… unless you want it to be a pale gray.
How dramatic is this? It’s a beach house with a black ceiling. Sounds hideous except it’s anything but. Don’t be afraid to play up your room’s features. And by the way, painting a ceiling darker will make it appear higher.
- Not considering the color of the floors in relation to the walls.
Do your floors have orange, yellow, red undertones. That’s something to consider.
- Not considering what your furniture is going to look like.
I’m sure that’s obvious except that sometimes we forget to look at the big picture.
- Not doing an adequate prep job.
- Not paying attention to the color as it relates to the rooms around it.
One room is electric blue. The next one is purple, then orange then greige. Next thing ya know… out comes the plastic table-cloth. haha!
- finding an expensive paint and thinking that you can just go to Off-Brand paint store and get a perfect match.
NO COMPUTER MATCHING!
Buy the paint from the company that manufacturers it. PLEASE. Computer matching is a crap shoot at best. And I don’t care what your painter says. He’s going to try to tell you how fabulous it is and that it really works. Well, sorry; it doesn’t really work. If he’s still insisting and won’t back down, I’d be very suspicious. Chances are, he’s going to use an off-brand and sell it to you at a premium price. It does happen. :[
- Just going with the same old, same old. White trim. White ceiling. linen white walls.
Have you ever considered painting the room all one color? It’s an amazing look. In fact, with sloping ceilings especially, I love to use one color everywhere, like in this charming attic room that would be perfect for a boy or a guest room.
I love how serene and quite these rooms are. There is no need for the trim to “pop.” I’m not even sure why anyone would want it to “pop.” Of course, it can contrast, but it doesn’t have to. That’s my point.
More green coming up. I was so thrilled to hear from so many of you that you also love green! I am working on bringing you some wonderful green shades of paint very soon. And some other goodies too!