Is This Your Final Answer?

When decorating a room you are met with dozens of choices that must be made all at once. Some choices even hinge on what other choices you are making, for instance; if you get the brown sofa then your chairs need to be something that coordinates with that shade of brown.

You can go crazy trying to make all the choices by memory and that is why I highly recommend the Project Book to keep your selections easily organized. see post on Project BookFurniture Shop

**remember your floor plan and furniture size requirements need to be completed before you concern yourself with style see post  Floor Plans Made Easy

Solve Decorating Overwhelm by Having a Virtual Shopping Day:

  1. Start by reviewing your local stores on-line to determine who is most likely to carry your style – for instance my area has IKEA and Layne Bryant furniture stores and they carry very different style choices.
  2. Once you find stores that carry the style that is “you” narrow your selection to no more than three store possibilities. You can do this by checking their prices and how far you have to drive to visit them.
  3. Grab your camera and your small notebook and head to the stores. Be sure to carry water and schedule breaks between shopping tours. As you look over items be sure to photograph the items that are possibilities as well as jot down the cost, the color, manufacturer etc.
  4. Make contact with a sales rep and if they treat you well get their business card for future reference.
  5. Once you see an item of furniture that catches your eye, you MUST “try it on” by using it as you would at home. Relax in a recliner or sofa, sit at a dining room table. Imagine your family or guests using these pieces as well. If it is a table it is important to sit at it in the chair you will use or one that is the same height.
  6. Check the tag on the furniture – it should have the size so be sure to write it down exactly as it is written. It is common for measurements in decorating to be listed as width x depth x height so always make a note of “W” “D” or “H” after your numbers for accuracy.
  7. If you are choosing accessories, be sure to measure them as well and jot down where you think they will fit best in your room.

You can’t take too many notes while on this investigative search so take your time and have fun!!

  1. Once you are home from your virtual shopping day you will want to upload your photos and narrow down your choices.
  2. Try to get down to no more than 4-5 choices per furniture item.
  3. Print up photos of your final choices in black and white unless the showroom sample is the color you want. Then on your photo post a paint chip or a swatch of color that is the one you want.
  4. Glue your pictures to poster board and hang them in the room. This is actually what a designer does for her clients and it’s called a “Color Board”
  5. Give it a few days, ask those that live in the home with you what is their favorite but remember to go with what feels best to YOU.
  6. Remove the extra posters or items you are eliminating and leave up your “final choice” – the board with your chosen selection on it
  7. “Live” with this for about a week to be sure you like your selection.

Now that you have “your final answer” you are ready to make your purchases. The color board and photos will help you to be patient while you wait for the orders you place to arrive. Remember custom tends to take 6 – 8 weeks from order date to delivery. You can use this time and your color board to choose accessories if you want.

I hope this helps you take the overwhelm out of choosing new decor for your home. Enjoy the process as much as you can and this energy will transfer over into your home energy as well.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

Floor Plans Made Easy

Decorating an entire home or even just one room involves coordinating way too many details to keep in your head. A good plan is crucial to the success of your project. Planning as much as you can on paper will save time and trouble, and floor plans are the best way to plot your strategy. They don’t have to be complex, even a simple floor plan on graph paper will help you greatly, and the time involved will save you overall. Floor plan graph paper

How a Floor Plan Works:

  • Having a floor plan is like having a map. Once you have your map you can take all the time you need to complete your project.
  • A floor plan “map” will tell you where you are now: the size of the room, the size of any pieces you already own, and what sizes you need to find to make it all work together.
  • Your floor plan will tell you how much space you have for walking around, what size of table will work and where your outlets and windows are so that you don’t make the mistake of putting things where they won’t function correctly.

Case in point: I have a tiny townhouse and my living room window which is covered in shutters takes up one whole wall of my space and I only have two walls! So I made a “mistake” on purpose with the help of my floor plan which showed me that the chairs and table I wanted would keep me from being able to open my shutter slats and window. So I made a Personal Space judgement call and went with the plan I loved anyway and choose to add the accessory of a lovely 18” acrylic wand I keep on the table to prop open my shutter slats. Instead of opening the window for fresh air I open the screened front door which is on the same wall.  But I must tell you I really puzzled over this a while before I purchased my new pieces. Luckily I had the floor plan to do this with before I invested thousands of dollars in new furniture.

Super Simple Floor Plan Creation:

  • Graph paper is your best friend. That plus a clip board, pencil with a good eraser and of course a steel tape measure is all you need. Each square of the paper can equal what you want but generally it is a 1 foot measure. If you want a larger sketch you can make it a 2 foot measure. Just jot down at the top of your floor plan “map” what measurement you went with.
  • When you use the graph paper to outline the space of your room (only one room per page unless they are connected like a Great Room) and you count the squares to equal the feet, you can guess as to the inches. Half a square is 6” and so on but be sure to write along the margins what the exact measurements are.
  • Decorating the wall space with items like book cases or wall units requires a few more details; you need to consider the door molding and window opening and the outlets location because each inch counts with these items of furniture.
  • Leave 3’ (36 inches) of space for the main traffic path. Draw a line to show where you expect your traffic flow to occur such as moving from room to room. Usually you can tell what this will be by connecting the entrances to your rooms with a traffic line you draw on your map.
  • Leave 15-18” of space between the sofa or chairs and the coffee table in front of them so you can get in and sit down.
  • The dining room chairs need 3′ (36”) behind them so you can scoot in and out. Measure your selected table and add the 3′ all around your table size and you will know if you have the best size.
  • Remember the amount of space you leave between your furniture is just as vital to the whole room working correctly as the items you fill your room with.

I hope these little tips help. If you want more check out this link to my website.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Energetic Design Tips: Getting Organized

A room can be a big project to decorate and a whole house a major ordeal to complete which is why designers and architects are masters at organization. We are also skilled at creating a miniature version of our vision. It’s impossible to cart around all the items we want for the space we are decorating so the use of notebooks, samples, file folders and a camera are essential tools if you want the job to be successful.

Tips for Organizing Your Decorating Project

Create a Color Board: you might have seen an example of a Color Board (one of many organization tools we use) on display at a corporate office or resort that is undergoing remodeling. The purpose is to show the board of directors or the public what changes are coming and what the general design theme will be. For custom homes, color boards are often done to coordinate all the colors and textures going into the project to ensure that they work well together – and to give a record of what you have ordered to compare with the items when they are delivered. For my personal home I made a mini Color Board which fit perfectly in my 3-ring binder project book. Work in Progress

Create a Project Book: For a home or room project a mini color board will do the trick. I will create a project book with pages of samples on boards instead of one cumbersome large board. I use 8 ½ by 11 sheets of poster board (or you can use any kind of thick cardboard) and glue mini samples of paint chips, carpet, wallpaper, counter laminate. It isn’t easy to make the entire background of the board in the color of your walls but if you can that is awesome for your walls are usually the largest example of color in a room. Do not glue anything down until you are certain they are the exact selection you are choosing. You can add plastic sleeve pockets to your binder which will hold the loose samples until you are ready to glue them down.

Take Good Notes: keeping a record of all the samples you love can be overwhelming so this is what I recommend. Choose your own style for organizing your work; you might like just keeping everything in one of those accordion file folders with the Velcro tabs ready to go in your car. Or you might like the 3-ring binder with pockets that I use. Whatever plan you use be sure to make notes on everything you collect: write down where you saw the item, where you can buy it, color, style name, sizes, bar code, cost anything at all that you might need to know if you decide to return and purchase this item.

Take Pictures: use your handy cell phone when you see what you like take a snap of it and make a note in your phone of where you saw it etc. (see step above) Then once a week print up the pictures, transfer your notes and place them in your file under the correct room.

Review and Compare: Once a day or week depending on how fast you are moving through this process, open up your folder and review what you’ve collected. If you still like the item then decide which room you would like it in and if this is all for one room then skip this step and go to the next. If you are sure you want this item for your current decorating project then either three hold punch it to fit in your three ring binder or add it to your accordion file under the correct room.

Before you know it you will have your entire room or home completely “decorated” miniature style and all you have to do is begin purchasing when you are ready to proceed.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Drop me a note and let me know how your decorating project is going.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

Consumer Tips

When purchasing a new item for your home whether it be décor or appliance in nature you will often find that the company selling the item will list all the features and benefits of their product. What they never tell you is what you “won’t get” or what you will need to “give up.” This type of sales is all about distraction. It’s a “look here, see this, isn’t’ this great” and don’t ask questions and don’t notice what is missing.

Steel Tape MeasurerAs a designer I often spell out for my customers what the pros AND cons of a choice are because there is nothing worse than getting that new item home only to discover the down side to the selection. Life is full of give-and-take and for most of my life I rebelled at this. I wanted to have it ALL! But maturity has shown me that a space can only hold so much before the overload ruins what is in that space. So I have learned to weigh the value of a decision and remind myself I can choose again if what I got wasn’t all that I wanted. Sometimes we just don’t know how valuable something is to us until it is gone. Life is a process, never ending and always evolving so relax and do your best and choose again if needed. Meanwhile here are some tips I have used to help my customers make the best selection in the moment.

Trouble Preventing Tips

Flexible Tape Measure – you will want one of these handy both at home and when you shop. Measure what you have in your home and write it down. Ask yourself if you want that new chair or sofa or table to be the same size – smaller or larger? Write down the size you would like. Take this with you as you shop. Just like chopping down a Christmas tree in the forest, furniture will look to be a different size in the large showroom then in your home. Always measure!!

Take Color With You: This is extremely important if you are not working with a Shop-at-Home decorator who will bring the samples to your house. Find color swatches that match the fabric of your new item. If they don’t give you a sample, find color samples that match from the paint store, fabric store or any other source you have handy – like a wash cloth. Be sure to carry it whenever you shop for other items to coordinate the colors.

Good-Bad-Ugly – with this tip you will want to look at what you are letting go of and first list all the benefits it provided that you want to keep such as “this sofa seated 4 people.” Then when you shop make sure the new item seats 4 people. Write down all the Bad things about what you own now and next to this the solution you want to find such as “this sofa shows too much lint and has too much static electricity.” This way when you shop you can tell the sales rep you need a non-static fabric. And last you want to list the Ugly which you may not be able to solve. These are the sacrifices you are willing to put up with in order to get most of what you want. For instance when I was redecorating my living room I couldn’t find a black fabric anywhere because the current style was brown in the stores at this time so I had to make a concession to this one thing while I was able to get 95% of what I did like achieved.

We will never get everything perfect- there is no such thing. Achieve all your “must haves” or “deal breaker” items and you will be happy overall with the results.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Color and Pattern Design Basics

To give visual interest to any room it’s a good idea to include some items that have an interesting pattern or texture. You can do this with the fabric on pillows or the weave of a basket. The crucial thing to remember here is to choose what you love and what is in keeping with your color scheme – and remember a little bit goes a long way! As you shop it helps to carry your colors with you in whatever form you have been able to collect them such as fabric samples, paint chips or small items that are easy to carry. Don’t try to match your color scheme using photos because the color won’t be true in your photo. Pattern Fabric

Pattern Selection

When looking through fabric pattern selections remember that you are viewing them from a small sample and are not getting the overall affect. For instance your sample might feature more blue than is actually in the overall pattern. The design of fabric has a “repeat cycle” where the picture or pattern repeats in shape and color. The repeat can vary from as little as every 1/4″ inch to as much as 36″ inches or more. You can imagine if you wanted to make an 18″ pillow out of a design that repeated at 36″ you would be missing some of the design and the same goes when it is used to cover a sofa. So choose a design with a repeat that fits your project while making sure it is the right color scheme and something you really love. The swatch you look at is only about 12 to 15 inches square so a small print that looks great on this size may look tiny and resemble dots on a large sofa. It is best to see a photo of the finished product or an example in the showroom you can take a picture of. This way you will know how the pattern looks on the item you are placing it on. What you like “up close” you may not like “far away.”

Choosing Upholstery Colors

Upholstery color is often the dominate factor in the décor of the room you are using it in. Sometimes an area rug will be the focal point and you will choose upholstery to show it off but unless you have an area rug or strong wall art in mind it is best to look at fabric for your sofa and chairs first and evolve the room colors around what you select here. The colors for flooring, walls and drapery tend to be solid background colors designed to enhance other print designs in the room so they can be chosen next.  When you find something you really love use it as your anchor for the room. This could be a piece you already own or something you discover during the dream phase of your project. It might be a painting, an area rug, a pillow design, fabric pattern or even a theme. I once did a room around the theme of desert palm trees. When you have your anchor piece then the rest of the color selections simply fall into place. If you don’t have an anchor piece to lead the way, then start with the fabric you will use on your large pieces of furniture and go on from there.

If you are not interested in fabric with a print or pattern then choosing the main color will be your first step. I have done many rooms where only solid color fabrics were chosen and the visual interest for the room came in the form of texture found in art pieces and moldings. If you have a wood paneled wall, stone work, any other pattern you bring into the room such as fabric on a sofa, it all needs to coordinate together. So start your room plan by choosing your dominate item and use it’s color or pattern to direct your next choice. If you have items you already own and are keeping you will want to be sure to coordinate them with anything new you are adding to the rest of the room.

I hope these tips are helpful to you as you work through your decorating project. Feel free to write me with your questions.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

What Temperature Is Your Color Scheme?

In last Tuesday’s post I mentioned that every color comes in both cool and warm tones. You may not have noticed this but I assure you the affect has influenced you. To keep it simple I will use a color wheel to demonstrate this affect.

The Color Wheel

iphone pics 6 119Fun Fact: every color that we see with our human eyes is actually the one that is missing. Yep. When you see “green” it is green that is absent in that item. We see color because the vibration of white light is broken or refracted and the effect isolates the vibration so that the one missing creates the hue we see. We see this affect when we view a rainbow. The water crystals refract and separate the vibrating colors in the light of the sun. Each color we see in the rainbow is the vibration that has been separated out.

Another Fun Fact is that there are only three colors! Yep. It is from these three colors that all other colors are created. These three colors are called Primary Colors and they are Red – Blue – Yellow. As you can see on the color wheel picture; it is from these three that we get orange – green – violet. As we continue to mix and blend we get more versions of the basic three.

So what temperature are the Big Three? Yellow and Red are warm and Blue is cool…except when blue is added to yellow or red then they become cool versions of these shades. When mixing colors the amount matters. If you have 2/3 blue mixed with red it will be a blue-red or a cool red. If you mix 2/3 red with blue it will be a red-blue or a cool red.

Color “temperature”

Now that you have a general idea of what colors you naturally gravitate toward I want you to notice what “temperature” your colors are. As you select items with color it’s not enough to say I am going with blue, or red, or gray. All color comes in one of three “temperatures” they are either warm colors, cool colors or neutral. Generally speaking you will want to choose all cool versions OR all warm versions of your color scheme or your color scheme will feel inharmonious.

It is important when selecting  colors for your home that you choose them all in the same kind of light. Remember color is a vibration so it will look different in various sources of light.  Incandescent light (what most homes have) is warm/yellow and fluorescent light (what most stores have) is cool/blue and they will add this temperature effect to your selections. You will want to use the same kind of lighting that you have for the room you are decorating when making your color choices and if you can make your final selections in this room all the better. Some companies will let you borrow their samples so you can see them in your home and others will send out shop-at-home sales reps with their samples.

You will notice as you look at a collection of hues that not all yellows, or blues or greens go together well. This is because some are on the warm side of the color wheel and some on the cool side. Cool colors work together and warm work together and rarely are they mixed with good affect.

To see this affect in full force go visit a paint store or paint department of a home improvement store and look at the wall of paint chips. Stand at a distance and you can tell where the cool versions of a color are and the warm versions are. Now pick one card of each of the same color, say green which is naturally cool and hold them together. Can you see and even feel how they clash? Clashing colors give off discordant energy and make us feel poorly. So stay all warm or all cool in your color scheme or a mix of one with neutral will work as well.

If you live in a cold part of the world you might find you gravitate toward warm color schemes and if you live in a hot part of the world like I do in Arizona you might find you prefer cool color schemes.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Color Scheme Basics

Deciding on what colors to use in your home can be a bit overwhelming but here are a few tips that will guide you during your decorating project.

Think in Three’s: For the overall home it is best to choose three colors (hues) that coordinate together  and that are are used throughout the home. Back in the 60’s when carpeted floors took over wood flooring many designers cheered because having the same color of carpet throughout the house helped create a cohesive whole to the home décor.  Paint Chip collection (2)

If you have a different color scheme and theme in each room the house can feel fragmented and choppy. Sometimes this is just what you want to create to give distanced to the members who live there. But if you want the group of people who live together to come together and live in harmony something needs to tie all the rooms together. Using the same hue of color for flooring will do this as well as choosing a color scheme using 3 harmonious colors.

For instance say you want tile flooring in the kitchen and dining room but carpet elsewhere, if the colors are the same or a good blend then you have your “tie-in.” If they are not, then the colors of the walls and furniture need to do the trick and bring harmony to the home. You can do a lot with a limited palate by using the different shades or tones of each color as well; for instance the deep version for the pillows and the lighter version for the sofa fabric.

If you picked green, blue and yellow for your three colors it would be important to use the same version of each color in every room, but you could still make one room more green than yellow or blue and another room more yellow than blue and green. Just don’t go mixing lemon yellow with school bus yellow because these are two versions of yellow and do not blend well together and the clash of colors drains our energy. You can go from light to dark of the same version of color but don’t swap hues. Paint chips are great at showing you versions of the same hue in different values.

Another color tip is if a particular room belongs to or is used most by one person, choose the color of the three that looks best on that person as the dominate one for that room. We all feel much better in rooms that have the colors we look good wearing and might even have in our wardrobe.

Remember to use “non” colors such as white, brown, black and grey as needed but you don’t need to count them in your color scheme unless you are doing a monochromatic theme. However there is an exception here…if you are using the warm hue version of a color then you need to use the warm hue version of grey, while, brown and black. All colors come in either warm or cool temperatures (more next week on this.)

Monochromatic theme: Another way to bring cohesion to the home is to downplay color on purpose and use mostly the “non” colors of black, grey and white and one color as accent. The focus here is taking just one color in varying shades and using it throughout your home. Frequently an accent color will be added to give an energetic pop to the room. For instance a living room done in shades of grey and black might use bright red pillows and candles to give the room some energy. Monochromatic tends to be “boring” to some and soothing to others.

How To Choose Color: How can you know what three colors to choose? Take a look in your closet and the closet of those you live with. Find what colors dominate there and use them as a guide. Or you can find a piece you love like an area rug, painting or an upholstery fabric and design around this. Visit a home improvement or paint store and gather all the paint samples that appeal to you. Take them home and lay them out on a table for a few days and rate them every day as to what ones you like the most. As you eliminate some and keep others, your color scheme will become obvious and make you feel happy. Next show your selection to those you live with and get their vote. Once you have your three colors carry the samples with you as you go shopping to be sure you find what works with the scheme you have chosen.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

 

What Do You “Say” To A Naked Room? Part Two

Today we continue “What Do You Say to a Naked Room” decorating tips blog…

  1. Now, having discovered the “bones” of your “naked room” you want to decide where you will to put the main item of your room’s purpose, such as the bed in a bedroom or a TV in an entertainment room. Check to be sure you have outlets where you need them and the doorway access and window access are not blocked. This is where a simple and easy floor plan will be great help to you. (** Check other Blog Posts about Floor Plans)
  2. Once you have your main furniture item located in the room you will find the rest of it goes together fairly easily because everything else tends to “serve” the main furniture item.  Using a notebook or a floor plan layout draw in all the other pieces you want to add and list the size that will fit best using length, width and height.
  3. The next topic to consider is style. How do you create and reveal you own unique style? By picking colors, textures and shapes that really “sing” Kitchen Private Spotto you. They blend all together to create the feel of the room which becomes your personal style. You start with something you absolutely love. This might be a favorite color throw blanket or a pillow design or a painting. If you can find just one thing you feel good about this will represent your theme/style.  The room can be coordinated around this. I once did a whole room based on a piece of cobalt blue glass. I wanted more pieces and started with a pair of votive candle holders and choose my colors and furniture pieces around them. I made sure there were other free spaces for the other pieces in my “wish list” and before long they showed up. Sunny yellow and light tan wood really show off the dark blue of the cobalt and so I incorporated them in my design plan. It’s important to note here that you don’t have to own everything already in order to create a design plan. You can use pictures and color boards to complete your plan and fill in the rest of the room as time allows and the various items are acquired. A room that is a “work in progress”  can be a very fun room to live with because each time you find a piece that fits it’s like giving yourself a present!

Last you will want to go “exploring” with the intent to buy or not. No pressure and keep it fun. Window shopping with a camera is best so you can take pictures to refer to later. You can also “window shop” online but you do miss getting to feel the items and see the colors up close.

I hope these tips help you to feel more relaxed about decorating a “naked room.” Having a step by step plan can really smooth out any worries. Let me know how your project is going.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

 

What Do You “Say” To A Naked Room? – Part One

For some the prospect of having to decorate an empty or “naked” room is more daunting than to redecorate one they already live in. This is especially so if you are just starting out creating your first home and you don’t have any previous furniture items to work with. What you will find is that once you get past your fear it is much easier and more fun than re-decorating an older space. One of the reasons for this is that you don’t have the work of choosing which of the old furniture pieces you want to let go of and what stays. That process alone can bring even the sanest person to their knees.

Naked RoomSo, you are starting out fresh. Perhaps this is a dorm room at college or you have moved across the country and didn’t want to pay the expense of moving furniture with you. In any case there are a number of “starter” approaches you can choose from.

  1. If you are doing more than one room, walk through each of the rooms and get a feel for them with the idea of choosing one of them to work with first. Quite often this is the sleeping room for you need that to function first and then next might be the kitchen. It could even be your TV room if that is most important to you and you are fine sleeping on the floor as long as you have your sport shows or sitcoms ready for the end of your work day to relax with. In any case pick a room to start with.
  2. Give this room a name and by that I mean define its purpose (and you thought names like kitchen, bedroom, bathroom were just automatic-ha!) you might have a guest room/office or an entertainment room/bedroom which is quite common in studio apartments where the bed is a fold out of some kind. The main point to remember here is that this is YOUR space and you get to call the shots. There are no right or wrong room purposes or names for them. You want this place to be your refuge when you come home from your day of dealing with the world. Or if you work from home you want this to be a dual purpose space, one of functional work and one of rest after you decide to quit work for the day. I highly recommend you stick to “working” in one room only, and if that is not possible then have the space set up to “close” when you are done for the day.
  3. Once you have your room and its purpose decided upon, walk around it and begin to notice its “bones.” No this is not a haunted house we are creating, but just like you have a skeleton so does your home/room.
  • Where the air or heat vents are located and are they adjustable?
  • How many electrical sockets do you have and where they are located
  • How many door openings to closets, cabinets or entryways and which way do they open (in/out)
  • Are the windows (if you have any) high on the wall so furniture can fit underneath them or are they low and there might be a challenge putting furniture in front of them?
  • Do the windows open?
  • What kind of flooring do you have?
  • Is it finished with wall – to – wall carpet or is it hard flooring that will require a rug for warmth and acoustics?

Take notes as you tour your rooms and photos so you will have a before and after record (you’ll be glad you did!)

Next Tuesday Tips we will complete our task of decorating a “naked room”

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

 

Colorful Wall Tips

Choosing paint for your home is now easier than ever. Most people shy away from using color on their walls fearing that they will go to all that work only to find they don’t like the color. But actually color in the form of paint is one of the least expensive decor treatments to try out. To make this process less painful and more successful I have compiled a list of tricks I use when deciding to add color to my walls. I hope they help you to find your courage and give color a chance – you will be amazed at how much energy color can add to your home environment.

Wall Color Tips

  • Head to your local paint or hardware store and bring with you an item from the room you are going to add color to. This will help you color “match” or coordinate with what you have at home. If you are just starting out then simply collect all the color swatches that appeal to you in the store. Once you are home, lay them out in the room you are painting and try to narrow it down to no more than 5  choices.
  • The home improvement stores now carry small sample cans of paint that you can purchase to try out a color on your wall. This can be a great way to check out a color before you invest all the time and money in doing the whole room.
  • If you don’t want to pay for the sample can of paint you can try this trick I have used for years. Gather a half dozen paint chips all in the same shade you are thinking of. At home cut and tape them together to form a large square of the same color at least 6″ or larger. Then tape the color on your wall in the room and leave it for a day or two. Move it around to see if you like it on the whole wall or on additional walls.
  • Take a paint chip of the shade you like shopping with you. Head to the fabric store and see if you can find an inexpensive piece of fabric that matches. When you get home place it on the wall for a better feel of how this color will enhance your room (or not) If you like the color you now have a piece of fabric to use for a pillow cover or throw. If you don’t like it then donate it to your local Goodwill.
  • I have also done this with towels which work especially well when you are painting a bathroom. It helps to go with a color that you can find coordinating linens for as well.
  • Turning on lights in the room at night will also give you an idea of how this sample color will change. All light bulbs have color and will alter your wall color when lit. Standard incandescent bulbs shine yellow, florescent bulbs shine blue. Most stores use florescent bulbs and most homes use incandescent and this is why it is extremely important to bring samples home and see them in the lighting you use there.
  •  You will also want to try out the color on more than one wall because the same can of paint will “change” colors depending on which wall it is on. No, the paint is not fickle; it’s due to the lighting changes in the room. For instance the window wall will be one shade of the color you choose and the opposite wall which gets all the light from the window will be a lighter shade.
  • If you paint all four walls of your room the same shade, this will intensive the value of the color in the area overall. So a good rule of thumb is to pick your color and then go two shades lighter if you intend to paint all four walls, otherwise it might end up being more intense than you had hoped for.
  • If you are not sure you love the color once you are done, just leave it up for a few days without putting the room back in order. This way if you want to make a change the room won’t have to be prepped for painting again.

Good luck and happy painting!

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©