Monday, August 27, 2007

Paint Chips, Don't Repeat My Mistakes

Hi all, gosh I am struggling the balancing act of blogging, homemaking and working again. Yikes, I want more time in the day. Or better yet, better time management. All in good time, I hope.

I've done a lot of painting over the years. I've selected paint colors I love and some not so much...

This post relates back to my red door. We gutted and moved into our home in less than a month and a half. I don't recommend this! At that time, I made some very quick paint sellections at the store. Some turned out and some did not. Those are the ones I am now correcting. Here's my tip; take the time to go to the store of your choice and pick out paint chips. Choose as many as you like in the hue your are considering. Hang them in the area, you plan to paint. Some will be obvious "dont's" and others will be possibilities. Look at them in different lights, and eliminate as you go for several days. Chances are you will end up with a color you like. Any time I have taken the time to do this, I've been very happy with the color. When I've made a split decision, I am not always so pleased. Please keep in mind, paint colors all have a base color to them, red, blue, green, yellow, gray ect. Those base colors make a big difference in different lights. That's where the mistake of a poor color choose will usually come from.

Lowes, Valspar paint happens to be my favorite. It has great coverage and a low odor.


Kari said...

Now I KNOW you know what you're talking about - Valspar is my all time favorite paint, too! I may have mentioned before, but I have horrible, horrible color sense (I'm thinking your base color advice might help me with that, though). However, that hasn't stopped me from painting every room in my house! I love color on my walls. And Valspar is THE best paint, as far as I'm concerned. I refuse to use Behr paint - it's like painting with glue, if you ask me. I always recommend Valspar to anybody who asks. Good to know someone else feels that way, too. And thanks for the base color advice. Like I said, I think it'll really help me with my future color selections.

Carmen said...

I may need to give it a try one of these days. First some rest for me for a while.
I miss you too.

the feathered nest said...

I don't think I've ever used Valspar. I usually use Benajamin Moore's Eco Spec - low VOCs and low odor.


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