Color has a more profound effect in our lives than most people pay attention to. It's not only the wall color in our favorite restaurant but color also plays a key role in product packaging, our appetites (hence the food dyes), as well as in nature. Although there are few of us who pay that close attention to color, the effects of color in a space can play a significant role in our lives. Years ago, McDonalds only used primary colors (red and yellow) in their decor because they didn't want people to hang out in their lobbies. That has obviously changed. Coffee shops use muted shades of color or beige to create a cozy atmosphere that will keep you coming in. The colors we choose in our homes have the same impact. Will guests enjoy staying for an evening or will they be uneasy? And more importantly, will you want to stay or will you be uneasy? Here are a few tips!
If you are starting from a blank palette (new flooring, furniture, window treatments, etc.), it is still best to gather samples or fabrics, flooring, countertops, and rugs to help choose a color. If you know you want a neutral color, it is still best to wait until you've made a decision. It's a lot easier to select a color from infinite source of paint colors than choose a couch fabric based on the the greige that you've already selected for your walls.
Or you can skip all of these steps and set up a consultation for help. I provide you with paint samples that are 8 1/2 x 11 to post up on your wall (as pictured above) and my fee is normally the savings of a gallon of paint or the paint samples you will purchase.
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Lisa Laker is an interior designer who has been in the design business since 2001. She earned her FIDER accredited Interior Design Degree from IADT in Tampa, Fl and graduated at the top of her class.