Sunday, July 22, 2007

Choosing paint colours.

This is my daughters bathroom, it is perfect for two small girls, why not go for it , its just paint.

Colour or color how ever you spell it from your neck of the woods, it is the most difficult choice for most , what color should the walls be the sofa, the wood floors the tile, it is a huge decision , you can choose subdued , or vibrant it really is a matter of taste, when the correct colour is chosen for a room it effects the mood, most often times the colour should come along in the process and is not the first decision, using something like fabric to choose is helpful as jumping off point, but no matter how much you love a colour when it is to be used on the walls , sampling is always worth the cost of the small tins of paint, you never know how a rooms light will effect a paint colour , it can actually change it , that is why you can love your friends walls but in your house the same shade can look awful so consider your exposure, for instance my daughter had a lovely shade called lilac by Martha Stewart ,but since her room only gets early morning light the room was dingy, we recently changed it to a vibrant yellow based green by CIL called Farm Life and the room is cheery and happy. In my living dining room I wanted a soft blue robin's egg blue, so tried and tried again it took three colours, the first too light the second too dingy dark the middle of the two just right. CIL Souvenier , which is not at all robin's egg blue which turns out would have been obnoxious, I have not tired of it in over 4 years, when you spend the time to get it right you can live with it for a little longer, although not too long , rooms should evolve and not become stagnant. There is nothing like colour to let you know if its right , you will know when it isn't,but it is not a costly change to make, it is so personal, don't fret for what your friend or neighbour likes, live in colour, enjoy, the choices.practice makes perfect?
This lovely green kitchen is from , where I would like to get my sopastone counters from at some point.

These interior shots are from Cottage Chic a great resource for inspiration for fellow colour lovers alike.

I recently discovered that CIL Dulux at Home Depot sells enormous paint chips, yes sells, you will have to put some money down but much less than the pints , so that is a fantastic turn of events .


Stephanie said...

Your daughter's bathroom is really cute! I love the pink & purple with the green shelf!I am in the process of painting the cabinets in my daughter's bathroom right now.
It drives my hubby a little bonkers, all the paint chips I have. Every time we go to HD or Lowe's, I always grab more!Now he just smiles and shakes his head.
I have been wondering what color you used in your family room? Could you share that one as well?
Thanks, Stephanie

chriskauf said...

Thanks, Stephanie, the girls cupboard was going to be white then green , but when I had left over purple from my daughters room , I figured just try and see. You should get a ring from a business supply store for your paint chips, to keep them all together.
The family room is PONGEE a Martha Stewart color which we no longer have here in Canada, I don't know if it is still available to anyone else, the color is the same as 'Richmond Gray' benjamin moore HC-96 . When I put it up I was suprised how green it was , I had thought it looked tan, but it is the perfect shade, it works with lots of accents, blues reds,greens.

Stephanie said...

Thanks, Chris.
It looks tan with a slight green undertone on my computer. I thought it might be "rice grain' from Sherwin Williams, which I have used. We have Martha Stewart paint colors at Lowe's now. We used to until recently at Sherwin Williams. Pongee sounds vaguely familiar. I would be happy to mail you some paint chips if there are any colors you are curious about but don't have in Canada.

Krista said...

I found your site recently while searching for the paint color "PONGEE." My girlfriend has this color in her house, although it is about 6 years old, and she doesn't have any of the paint left for me to get a match made of it. It's the exact color I've been wanting to paint in my living room. Do you have any other info as to how I can get my hands on this "PONGEE" paint color? I checked with Sherwin Williams and was told they don't have it. Is this 'Richmond Gray' from Benjamin More a perfect match? I'm dying to get my hands on this PONGEE color and am having no luck. Please help! Thanks!