The Excitement is Building…

February 24, 2014

The excitement is building…

As your search for a new home starts to come to a conclusion, you quickly find out that you are only in the beginning of stages of completing and creating your dream home. I can remember the many nights lying in bed thinking and planning. After living in the hotel for five weeks we were eager to get into our new place. We were fortunate enough to find the perfect space for our Florida transition. But, before we were to even schedule the movers it was important to complete a few minor updates to our new home. I have learned over the years that it is essential to paint and prime prior to anything arriving to your home. It might seem overwhelming at first but it truly will make your life so much simpler. I wanted to share a few tips on selecting paint colors and the paint. Here goes…

1. Find a home improvement store near you. Go early in the morning and go with a open and clear mind. I am not saying you must buy your paint at Lowe’s or Home Depot but just go along with me…

2. Take a list of the rooms that you will need paint/prime.

3. Stand before this overwhelming wall of color swatches/fans and think about the impact or subtly you are looking for.

4. Pull multiple shades and colors for each room. Make certain you leave with options. Example: If you are looking at beige select options that have red undertones and some that have more blue…

5. Leave the store…do not stop and look at anything else…it will only get you thinking about other projects and overwhelm you more.

6. Many times you may not have the opportunity to have access to your new home (we did not-luckily I had great notes about light source, size of rooms) my suggestion is find a room that has neutrality either in your home, hotel, office, etc. Look at the colors separately…that means cutting up the swatch strips and separating the color chips. Quickly eliminate the colors you do not feel a connection too. Make certain you also connect with your fabric choices as well.

7. Tape the contenders on the neutral wall (I narrow down to 3 colors per room). Leave them on the wall. Visit the colors throughout the day from early morning to night. Notice how the color appears darker as the day progresses and shadows occur. Now-Eliminate.

8. After you have selected what you think might be the best option, take your color chips with you to your paint source store.

9. Ask the specialist to mix you an 8oz or pint of the color or colors you selected…now the key…”also mix one shade lighter” and take it with you too…

Stay tuned for more in next week’s blog…

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design

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