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Paint color used to be my nemesis. As an interior decorator, it’s my lease favorite thing, but one of the least expensive changes one can incorporate within their space. It can make or break a room. Let me give you one piece of advice, even if you don’t take all my other tips, this is the one you need to listen to. Put the paintbrush down.
Yup, You heard me. Nine times out of ten the first thing my clients tell me is that they need to paint or they need my help because they have already painted. If you want a pro-tip, it’s this, paint last. Yup, you heard that right. I know it may sound counterintuitive, but let me tell you it will make your process a million times easier.
You may be wondering how or why. Many people think they need to paint before they do anything else. Let me tell you why. Picking the paint color before you pick out anything else limits your options dramatically. Not only does it limit your options, it makes your job (err, mine) harder.
It is harder to pick out textiles, accents, window treatments, etc…Let me explain. Have you ever brought a paint sample to the store with you while you’re trying to decide on pillows? If you can imagine yourself doing that, you can already see many options start to dwindle away. Not only will you have less options, the color of your paint sample and how it looks on your walls (and with your lighting) is going to be completely different. So say you get lucky and you find this beautiful rug that goes perfectly with your paint sample only to realize after you haul it home that it clashes with your paint color. Don’t say I didn’t tell ya so.
Prime your walls and get them prepped. Clean, fresh, white walls will give you that blank canvas for fresh ideas and let you realize what colors you’re craving. If you’re completely re-decorating, take off all the artwork that you don’t love anymore as it can distract you from what you really want. Then, you can start picking out your inspirational piece and utilize that inspirational piece as the anchor for the rest of your items (such as rug, pillows, window treatments, accessories, etc…)
After everything is picked out, you can then get those paint samples up on the wall. This will let you see what it looks like during different times of the day with your decor. Is it working with or against your decor? Do you need to go lighter or darker? You will know as soon as it’s up on the wall and you can see how it plays with your decor.
You may end up keeping the white paint…
… keeping it light and airy
Or go with wallpaper…
or add brick/wood planks…
The options are endless.
Just remember, it’s easier to match paint colors with accessories than it is to match accessories with a paint color. You will give yourself so many more options.