What is a color consultation?
When customers need help finding colors to match their decor, floor, rugs, and furniture, we offer a free, one-hour color consultation with an interior designer. If it’s a small project it can be routinely solved within the hour, but more extensive needs are worked out between the consultant and the client.
What should I bring to a color consultation? How will the consultant help me?
Our color consultant assigns homework before the on-site appointment. She asks clients to have what they plan to keep already in the room: from rugs, to pillows, to sofas or other furniture. Then she builds off that. If it’s an overall neutral space, she’ll ask what colors they typically wear, what colors make them happy, or what they want to get of the room (i.e., a peaceful bedroom, an active gym, etc.). If she feels a color is likely to be “too much,” like a very strong purple or turquoise, she may recommend neutralizing the wall colors and encouraging the use of art, pillows, or bedding to capture the accent color. “You don’t want to be swimming in a strong color,” she says. “A small presence can be a big presence.”
Are there any differences between color trends for interior vs. exterior paint?
Exterior paint preferences don’t change nearly as much as interior preferences do. A house still has to sit in the neighborhood, not stand out too much, so homeowners are safer with home exterior color choices, and more adventurous with interior colors. The exception is with front doors – there is an opportunity to play with a lot of color there.
How do color trends shift over the years/seasons?
Everyone seems to be into the grays – but this is trend that has already been around for a few years, and will likely start to go away, especially as people realize they’re living in a “cold” environment. The changes tend to be dictated by the large paint suppliers (like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams), whose color predictions tend to influence the industry directly, but no matter what, every year, colors and design change a bit. For example, even beyond paint colors, hardware colors are changing: brass is coming back, just in a more modernized version, as more of an oiled bronze, not as shiny as in past years.
What if I have trouble choosing a color?
Our color consultant will start with suggestions on what’s popular or hip, and then feed off the style of décor in the home. For example, she looks for cues (like traditional lace curtains); or she’ll lean toward their own personal style and personalities. She says of color consultation clients, “You need the color to fit them.”
Would you like to schedule a color consultation with our team at Emerald Decorating? Contact us to make your appointment!