Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Choose the Right Color and Prepare to Paint

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Choose the Right Color and Prepare to Paint

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WHEN IT COMES to choosing colors for decorating, I have always been inspired by nature and my favorite things.

Flowers, plants, water, pottery, food, fabrics and even my pets have influenced my choices. When I paint the rooms of my home in these hues, I feel as though I am being surrounded by old friends.

Beautiful color is a luxury we all deserve to live with. Here are some suggestions to help you pick colors with confidence - plus tips for prepping a room for paint: Picking Colors When you find a color you'd like to live with, have it computer-matched to a paint color. If possible, bring the object that inspired you, such as a leaf, flower or teacup, to the paint store. The room itself can help you decide on the color. A small room, such as a library, becomes cozy when painted in a darker shade. Bold, bright colors will work well in a small space where you don't spend too much time, such as an entrance hall or powder room. Lighter colors make a big room feel even more spacious and open. Lighting and reflections can have a dramatic effect on the way a color looks. The natural light in a room is very different in the morning, afternoon and evening. Northern exposures make colors appear cooler and bluer than southern exposures. Lampshades, light bulbs, floors and furniture also have influence. All of this means that a color won't look exactly the same on your walls as it does in the store. If you take paint chips home and look at them where they'll be used, you'll get a better idea of the result. But the best way to judge a color is by trying it out. Buy a quart of each color you're considering and paint 2-foot-square swatches on the walls. Apply them in several places, such as near a window and in a corner. Look at them at different times of the day before you make your decision. …

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