Last weekend I met with the sweetest couple. They had just purchased a new home and were looking to put their own stamp on it. The problem? They couldn’t make a decision on a color palette. As I walked into the family room and glanced at the wall, I had to smile. Here is what I saw:
Please notice the seven different color samples painted on the wall. As an Atlanta color consultant I see this sort of thing on a regular (almost daily) basis. I asked, “Do you mind if I take a few photos and post a blog on your color samplings?” The homeowner replied, “Oh, you’ll have lots of photo ops in this home. Feel free!” She was right. I had hit the jackpot. The family room was just the beginning.
I can’t tell you how often I go into homes and see an array of paint colors sampled on the walls.
Notice the poor little “cone-head” doggie. He had an injury on his leg. “Mom & dad” had to put him in a cone to prevent him from aggravating the wound. I think even he is confused by all the colors on the walls.
Here is what normally happens. The homeowners decide to paint. They hire a painter. The painter hands them a fan deck and says, “Let me know when you’ve decided which colors you want to use.” (The painters have learned NOT to get involved in helping their clients make color selections. It is a tedious process than can eat up way too much of their time — plus, they don’t want to be held responsible.) So the homeowners start pouring over the fan deck. They see some things they “think” they like, then start buying samples of the colors to throw on the walls. The more they put up, the more confused they become. Finally, they throw up their hands and declare, “We don’t know what we are doing. Where can we find an Atlanta color consultant? We need professional help!”
The main problem I’ve found is that people simply don’t know where to start in making their selections. In this case, we began in the kitchen working from the existing flooring and tile which was not going to change. From there, we methodically worked our way from room to room making sure we were creating a good flow of color. When I go back to help with the decorating, I will take “after” photos and post them for you.
I want to thank these homeowners for letting me share photos of their home to make a point. If you can’t decide which paint colors to use, call Patsy Overton Interiors BEFORE you spend a fortune on sample cans of paint. A recent client said, “For what I spent on sample cans, I could’ve paid your fee!” That’s the idea.
If you want your home to glow, the colors to flow and the clutter to go, call Patsy Overton Interiors. 770-843-2307 Accredited, Licensed, Insured.