H O W TO AV O I D C O LO R PA R A LY S I S By Nikki Luttmann, Designer at Seven Bee Interiors for Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets
t’s the time of year when I look out the frosty window and start daydreaming about spring. Like many of you, I’m sure, my husband and I have lots of plans for home improvement once the weather finally improves. And, also like many of you, painting is one of the first things on our list. Of all the things we can do for our homes, often the least expensive and the most rewarding is adding a coat of fresh paint. However, choosing a new color can be daunting, to say the least. For the last few years, it seems, we have been stuck in a rut of white and gray, but, this year I’m happy to say, color is finally on an upward trend again. But, for many of us, that opens the door for color-paralysis— there are simply too many options to choose from! The following are my top five tips for selecting colors that I’ve picked up over the years, from painters, art and design school and, simply, experience.
• Consider the other finishes in your home. Cabinetry, flooring, carpet and even furniture can all affect the look of the finished product. If you have primarily one hue for your flooring, cabinetry and trim, opt for a little contrast with your paint color. For example, a rich cherry wood trim calls for green or blue paint, which are opposite from red on the color wheel. • Always, always paint swatches. My rule of thumb is to paint a large swatch of color on each wall and wait a full 24 hours before committing to the color. Light from windows, time of day and even the type of light bulbs you use can all influence the way the color looks on your walls. Alternately, paint a large piece of cardboard with your chosen color and make sure you view it in different locations throughout the day. • Neutrals are never simply neutrals! Every color—even white—has a base color that will show through once you
March 2019 Coeur d'Alene Living Local