Repainting: Survival Tips

Picking New Paint Colors: A Daunting Task.

You see it in your mind.  The perfect color for each room.  Rooms you’ve seen in magazines can simply show up in your home, right?  Not quite.

Recently, we took on this task.  We looked around our house and decided it was time to freshen up.  In thinking about colors, we decided to lighten up.  Move away from the rich golds, browns and reds and honor our love of water and the colors of the beach. We learned a few things along the way and thought we’d share some tips.

First, start a Vision Book.  This is a sort of mood book.  Collect pictures of what you love – my non-digital version of Pinterest.  In our book we collect shells (look at a shell closely and you’ll see so many different colors), articles and images. We include final paint selections by sticking a duplicate paint label to a sheet of paper.  This allows us to have the color formula for future reference.  The same label is on a can, but can tend to fade.  So, we play it safe by asking for a duplicate sticker for our files.

Decide on your palette.  Sample paints are very handy.  As you can see from the images below, we tried many samples during our journey.

Because we had such similar colors, organization was a must.  So we gathered a Sharpie, paper plate and painters’ tape to label the color swatches on the walls.

Again, because our colors we so similar, I labeled each plate with the sample color. The small sample rollers are perfect for this exercise. And, I labeled the swatches with tape (I was afraid I’d forget what was what).

Start early.  You’ll want to see the color at various times of the day.  We learned so much during this exercise.  Color changes dramatically throughout the day.

Very important to put your colors in different areas of the house.  And, if colors are going to meet up, make sure you do that as well.  It is amazing how different one color can look so different on various walls – paint corners, near molding, near windows, hallways.  We went through so many colors because one color looked so nice on one wall, but not so much on another. It’s all about the light.

Also remember to paint near your appliances.

Live with it for awhile.  While your house may look like a painter’s palette, it’s important to live with it.  I for one was so convinced that one color worked and that was it.  Then, a few days later, I decided against it. Patience is hard for me.  But, so necessary.

Ultimately, we did decide on a palette that easily transitions from one room to the next.  I still look at some portions of the wall and question of that’s the color we chose – because it changes so often.  It’s a lighter environment, and a work in progress.  Because as Beth stated, we’ve only just begun.  Furniture, lighting and fabrics are next.  But, we have a great foundation.  An exercise well worth the effort – and patience.


Combining his love of food and communications, Rod is a marketing guru with extensive experience in the healthcare, restaurant and luxury services industry. Rod’s special talent is cooking. He makes magic in the kitchen by relying on fresh foods and unique flavors. He is married to Beth, and together they have two little girls. Rod and Beth have the perfect Live Pretty partnership: he cooks fabulous dishes and she creates the beautiful ambiance that combines to make their events special and unforgettable.

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