A fresh color looks beautiful on a wall, but the true power of color lies in what it can do for a mood. For more than 150 years, the color experts at Sherwin-Williams have inspired us all to create a more meaningful connection to color—one that evokes emotion and transforms the places we call home.
Today, the company is a global leader in the development of colorful coatings. Sherwin-Williams is proud to partner with Robin in helping her clients use color to make the most of their spaces—because the power of color can make cold spaces feel warm, cramped spaces feel cozy, dark kitchens feel bright, and every room a better reflection of who we are. When we create a palette, or bring a project or product to life with color, we create meaning.
CHOOSE A STARTING POINT
Think of a favorite rug or fabric you own. Often these objects are your favorites because they feature all the colors you like. Use the combinations as a guide to choosing colors for your rooms and walls.
USE THE TWO SHADES TRICK
For a smooth transition between spaces, try choosing a color for one room and paint the adjacent space two shades away, lighter or darker, using tones from the same color chip.
CREATE DEPTH WITH COLOR
Using shades of the same color creates depth and interest. Paint below the chair rail a deeper shade of the existing wall, or choose textured curtains from the same color family.
LET A LITTLE GO A LONG WAY
It doesn't take much color to punch up a space. Create a feature wall with a contrasting or complimentary color. A new office space, nook, or window bay can be great candidates for feature walls.
CONSIDER YOUR LIGHTING
Put your color through the lighting test. The presence or absence of lighting in a room can dramatically change the way a color appears, so it’s important to make sure you love the color you’ve chosen in every light setting from natural to artificial. While a color chip is great for getting initial inspiration, painting a swatch on the wall you’re updating gives you the truest sense of how a color looks throughout the day.
WEAVE A COMMON THREAD
When you’re layering on throw pillows, accessories, and fabrics, stick with your palette. In the end, it will serve as the glue that binds all the different design elements together.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHEEN
Picking a sheen is just as important as selecting your color. Sheens include gloss, semi-gloss, satin, matte and flat. A gloss finish is perfect for areas you want to highlight like doors and cabinets. Semi-gloss finishes are washable, making them great for rooms like bathrooms and kitchens. Satin finishes are able to hide imperfections in high-traffic areas prone to scuffs and nicks. Matte and flat finishes hide surface imperfections because they soak up light instead of reflecting it—best for low-traffic areas that don’t require a lot of cleaning.
INVEST IN THE PREP
A little prep work goes a long way. Once you’ve moved furniture and décor out of the way, wash your walls to remove any build-up that could prevent your paint from adhering properly. Fill small holes or cracks with a spackling or patching compound, and give your patches a few hours to dry before sanding.
TAPE OFF THE AREA
A careful application of painter’s tape will help you achieve crisp, clean lines. Try using longer strips of tape instead of multiple shorter strips—you’re less likely to see paint leak through.
PLAN FOR ACCIDENTS
Use a drop cloth to protect your floor from any paint spills. If you’re using a paper or plastic drop cloth, you can tape the edges to the floor with painter’s tape to keep it from sliding around while you work.
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