15 March 2011

someone to swatch over me...

so here we are, at it again, swatching our little hearts out in the search for the perfect wall color!

it looks like pandemonium from the picture, but it's not- we always tell our clients never to worry about wall color because it is the one thing that can be quickly, easily, and (relatively) inexpensively changed. you've got one shot at picking the right fabric for a sofa, but paint? swatch until your heart's content! also, because paint colors are truly infinite, we pick our carpet and fabrics first, and paint color last. if you can't find a color that works in the thousand options of a fan deck, you can always start custom mixing to come up with the perfect color of your dreams.  and if the color of your dreams turns into an icky nightmare, you can always break out the brushes and start over! not so much with a 10 grand sofa...

we currently have 10 colors up on the walls, and we've applied the swatches to three walls (one not shown) because light hits every wall differently, and in rooms with limited windows, or windows on just one wall, that means some areas on the opposite side of the room, paticularly corners, will always be darker, so we have to make sure the color works everywhere. the first 6 swatches we placed to get our client's reaction, then, when we had a handle on the direction we'd like to go, we added 3 more, and today, because none of those three were quite right, we put up our first custom mix, attempting to hit the sweet spot between benjamin moore bridgewater tan #1096 and oakwood manor #1095 (far left, bottom). this process consumes a bit of time, but very little money, and is totally worth it to find the color we think will make the room sing.

we'll have to return once more to find out how our custom mix looks after it's dried and settled, but we think we are on the right track- we'll keep you posted!  (last note: paint can continue to lighten/and or darken, for up to 48 hours after it is applied, so don't panic if you put it up, and it's not what you expected. wait a day or two, then make up your mind).

now here's some mood music to paint by- the incomparable miss sarah vaughn, singing "someone to swatch over me":


Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Great post, Christian.
Painting is a scary thing at times. This coming from someone who painted a room sunny yellow and it turned out green!
Have a nice evening.

Layers and Layers said...

great advice, great pics, great music and a little humour ... goes a long way in my books. happy colouring :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Isn't it weird how the perfect color is always in between two colors?

maison21 said...

teresa- don't feel bad- yellows are the hardest color to pick from. with yellow, you have to not only swatch, but pretty much paint a whole wall to get a feel for what it will look like in a room! even then, it has the potential to surprise!

thank you, sharon!

nita- it does seem to happen frequently. i think i drive my paint supplier mad with my request for custom mixed quarts.

jones said...

Love that warm swatch at lower right. Mary

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

This may be a trend...just paint every shade of the color you want on the

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Claudia Juestel said...

Wow, that is a lot of tan. But I agree, it is important to look at all the options and get it just right. Thankfully my clients understand that it may take a little time to get just the right shade.

Some may think that beige or tan would be easier than red or yellow for instance. But i think the same rules apply to all colors. That beige or tan may appear a little too green or too pink. Who wants their walls to look like a bandaid for example.

I love that you also mix custom colors, and I am happy to see how much effort you put into a neutral.



Fauxology said...

Might I say I love your title? :) We once went through 13 different colors (and painted on different walls, of course) to find the right shade for our client. Such a small task for something that pays such big dividends. Totally agree on picking paint last - there are endless possibilities and something good will always be found. :)

kmack said...

why not just use oxford stone by farrow and ball?

A said...

Hi Christian,

My first time here- love your sense of humor and style!

Funny, I just posted about our kitchen makeover today and totally agree with you about the paint process. Ironically, it took me way longer for my own home than it does for clients!