Picking the perfect colors for your home.


I get a good deal of color consultation requests. Some people don’t need complete design plans but just a little guidance with color selection.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer you may have run into this problem before. You go to a paint store and are  overwhelmed with all of the choices. Second, you pick out a color you just know is going to be beautiful so you buy 5 gallons. Then, you take it home only to find out that it’s not at all the color you expected. Gersh, you may have even painted half a room before you discover its not the color you thought (like my color consult yesterday had done. Lisa, if you’re reading this, it’s still a beautiful color so you lucked out!)

There are several reasons why the color you loved in the paint store doesn’t translate well in your home. Lighting is the most important factor, of course. While in the store you’re looking at these colors under fluorescent lights. The other colors in your home also play an big role. For example, if you have a tile with multiple colors, depending on what paint color you choose, it can pull an undesired color. I choose to go with the most neutral form of whatever color we’re working with. This way, you can always change out furniture, draperies, accessories, etc. without having to repaint an entire room.

I know a lot of designers use Sherwin Williams but because my painter prefers Pittsburgh Paints, I’m VERY familiar with their colors and have used a good deal of them and can vouch for them. This is really important. I usually recommend Behr for my do-it-yourselfers because it’s easy to buy and use. I’ve also been known to go back and forth between the two decks.

Here is a list of colors I really like to use from Pittsburgh Paints: Olive Gray, Dusty Trail, Prairie Dust, Light Sage, Tabu, Pickling Spice and Safari (I won’t try uploading the colors as it’s really difficult to get the real color because of monitor settings). These colors are tried and true.

Every now and then I’ll get a request for a color that even I am unsure about. Here is a color that my client chose while looking through the decks (I was terrified):

Pittsburgh Paint-Color Subdued

Look how beautifully it turned out:




So the moral of this story is research, experiment and understand how colors work together so as to save yourself a lot of time, money and frustration. Or you can always call Adentro Designs!


About adentrodesigns

Adentro Designs a full-service interiors firm serving the Greater Austin, TX area. We pride ourselves on offering affordable design and can work with almost any budget. Whether you need some pointers to get your decorating project moving in the right direction, full-service design, color consultations, home staging or remodeling, we're your team. No job is too large or small. We welcome you to our blog and hope you enjoy it!

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