Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Few Tips from a Colour Expert

Guess who is now a Certified True Colour Expert?  ME!

The past three days I have been in an intense color course in Vancouver, British Columbia, taught by Maria Killam.  There is soo much to learn about choosing color, it's ridiculous!  It has honestly changed the way I see everything, whether that is a blessing or a curse. 
Now, let me share with you a few tips I have learned over the past few days. Afterall, I am the expert. Hahahaha.... ok, not that funny. 

1. To test colors, you CANNOT tell what color will work by using a small paint chip. You have to make a larger sample, at least 8 by 11.


2. Do not start painting a room or house just because you 'like' the color. How does it tie in with the room? Does it relate to your furnishings? Does it tie in with your art and decor? What are the fixed elements in the room that you have to live with?
If you do this, your house may end up looking like this...and most likely regret it.

3. How many times have you seen people compare colors on the wall...or done this yourself?

If you see this happen, now you know this is a 'what not to do'. And if you do this yourself, STOP. Let me tell you why... When you have various paint samples slopped on the walls next to each other, you are comparing the colors to each other, not to the space.  Always have a piece of white paper behind a sample or if needed, paint the area white and paint the sample color inside the white.

4.  After paint is applied, the appearance is twice as bright and and lighter compared to what it looks like on a paint chip!


What color tips would you like to share?


Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope you had a great time and are loving your new Colour knowledge. I made a recent faux pas, doing just what you said. My should-have-been cobalt front door is turquoise. :) I think I'm gonna have to repaint.

Cortneyloo said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooh advice from a colour expert! I didn't even know those existed before this post lol I'm proud to know I haven't been committing these mistakes :D

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said... Best Blogger Tips

When choosing a paint color, I paint a piece of sheetrock cut to 2ft square or paint a large piece of poster board. Then I put that sample up on various walls,and see how it looks in the room.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment!

The DIY Show Off said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on being a color expert! Now I know who to go to! ;) You may have wanted to keep it a secret! lol

Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to seeing some expert examples! :)


a Bug and Bird said... Best Blogger Tips

i just had a giggle because the picture of the colored houses match your bridesmaids' dresses in the earlier post!

thank you so much for sharing these tips, i will definitely use them hwen picking out paint and larger furniture pieces in the future.

and thanks for noticing my new banner if i haven't thanked you already. i'm really trying to figure these things out... slowly

mrsben said... Best Blogger Tips


What is my tip? I'm far from a Colour Expert but what I've learned vie 'trial and error' a colour can look totally differnt in natural and artificial lighting. So test it before you paint. -Brenda-