How to Choose a Paint Colour

Picking a Paint Colour?

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How to Choose a Paint Colour

I don’t like hearing this

An expression that I do not like to hear during an initial consultation meeting or when presenting plans to clients is the response, “That would do.”

No! That’ means something is not good enough and doesn’t excite you! And that does not sit well with me.

Whether you are working with an Interior Designer or doing a project on your own, never settle for something that is just ‘okay’ or that does not inspire you.

Living Room Custom Drapery Bold Artwork Balboa Mist Benjamin Moore
Living room design inspired by this gorgeous piece of art. Design by Claire Jefford Inc. Photo by Stephani Buchman.

(PSST – More to come soon on our recently photographed Oakville project shown above!)

I mean sure, there are times when you don’t necessarily have to love every single piece in a room if it works well with the overall design.

But for the majority of the finishes and furnishings, we want you to love the pieces you are investing in. Our goal is to find you the BEST paint colour. The BEST sofa style. The BEST fabric. The BEST wallpaper.

You see what I’m saying?

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Three examples with paint colour

Watch my video below to see one of my biggest pet peeves when people are looking for a paint colour, and even interior designers are guilty of making this mistake!

Plus, I show you three examples of determining the BEST colour to pair with finishes.

Which was the BEST?

In the video I walk your through a few different examples of ‘good -better-best’ scenarios.

One example is which green paint colour by Benjamin Moore is the BEST for a sweet dotted fabric we used in this client’s home, for their guest bedroom window treatment.

You can see the 3 green options of my large painted Benjamin Moore boards that I paired with the fabric below.

Benjamin Moore Green Paint

Which one do you think that I chose as the BEST?

Option #1 -HC -120 Van Alen Green

Benjamin Moore Van Alen Green

Option #2 – 2147-40 Dill Pickle

Benjamin Moore Dill Pickle

Option #3 – 543 Woodland Hills Green

Benjamin Moore Woodland Hills Green

You will have to watch the video to see!

Just kidding. But you should watch it 😉

I chose Woodland Hills Green. The other two aren’t terribly wrong, but I always want to be choosing the BEST paint colour.

There are two other examples that I share with you in the video.

One is where I show you how I chose the BEST of the 3 gray paint colours by Benjamin Moore shown below to work with a Caesarstone counter that we used in my sister’s Bungalow renovation.

Benjamin Moore Gray Paint Colors
Classic Gray / Edgecomb Gray / November Rain

Did I choose Classic GrayEdgecomb Gray or November Rain?

I also show you the best dark blue-green to use with the wallpaper shown in the image below.

Benjamin Moore Marthas Vineyard Dragonfly

To see those two examples, you will have to watch the video because I don’t have photos of them to share with you here on the blog!

You may also want to take a look at this past blog post with even more helpful tips for choosing paint colours.

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Check out this past blog post for even more tips on how to choose paint colours

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