I know you have heard this advice many times, but I had a color consultation this morning that addresses an issue perfectly and I wanted to share with you as a reminder when selecting colors. The homeowner’s own a beautiful lake house where they are building on a large addition and needed help choosing wall colors for a new kitchen, dining room, den and master bathroom.
When I went for the appointment, the owner’s had a sample of the new cabinets for the kitchen which are going to be a natural cherry. So my next question was, what are you going to use for the countertops?
They told me they decided that they definitely wanted granite so I asked to see a sample of what they chose. They did not have a sample but showed me one on the computer that they liked.
So guess what I said next? “You can not buy a granite countertop just by looking at pictures on the computer!” Not only will all the colors in the granite look much different in real life, you must bring a sample into your home with your lighting and that is the true test if you will like it or not. Then after you find the countertop you love, then we will select a wall color to work with the granite.
The same rules apply with choosing the backsplash. Select your countertop first and then select a backsplash color:
A good way to remember- always start your color choices for your room with the most expensive item (countertops, flooring or large furnishings such as your sofa) and leave your wall color choices for last. There are so many paint colors to choose from.
Follow the same steps for the bathroom. The homeowner’s had selected a tile floor, which is thankfully very neutral, but did not know which color granite they were going to choose for their countertops yet. Again I had to tell them to find the granite they love and we will select the wall colors from the countertop they choose.
The lesson of this story? Remember to choose your large, fixed (expensive) surfaces first and then begin selecting a wall color. It is much easier to choose one of the thousands of paint colors available than the other way around. Don’t you agree?
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