Decision-making can be pretty tough. This is especially true when it comes to the aesthetic or visual qualities surrounding one’s property. As we have discussed previously factors such as light and colour can make a significant difference towards the general appeal of a residence, things which can arguably justify that indecisiveness that for example, a landlord, may face when choosing to paint their building in order to entice new renters. We here at Atlas Painting & Restorations Ltd. continue to establish ground as the lower mainland’s most trusted civic restoration team by understanding the internal conflicts that many of our clients face when it comes to selecting which paints work best for them. As this is the case, we have put together a few handy tips for those who are seeking to re-furbish their property in colourful and exciting ways yet lack the decision-making prowess to do so.
1.) Go Digital: People have a tendency to overlook the spectacular array of options that modern technology has gifted us when it comes to paint projects. Many large paint brands, such as Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, offer options on their websites for digital colour application. If you have access to a smart phone or even a computer with some sort of camera, then you should be able to use these technology enabled design tools. Most of the applications can take a regular digital image of a space and apply whichever colours the inquirer wishes to check out. The best thing about digital paint jobs is that there is no mess to clean up after! Also, if there are a number of colour options on the table, all of them can be examined prior to a decision being made.
2.) Context Is Key: When choosing the scheme that works best for you, always remember that what looks one way while isolated may appear entirely different when paired alongside other colours. Always remember that the items that surround the area in question may have some sort of overall impact, so take caution before diving right into your project. We usually recommend looking at the style and shade of a room’s flooring as a starting point when tackling interior paint jobs, before moving onwards to furniture and any other tchotchkes that may be present. Exterior ventures are typically handled in a similar fashion, albeit with a new set of factors including natural elements such as plants and rocks, as well as textures mostly reserved for the outdoors, such as stained wood and landscape add-ons.
3.) When In Doubt Try It Out!: In some cases, the best thing you can do is simply try out the paint colour that you are considering. Many manufacturers will offers small sample sizes of their paints, allowing you to apply them in small doses so as to properly assess lighting, matching, and any other environmental factors. With more extensive projects, mock-ups can be used, where certain colour palates are placed side by side in a fashion that replicates the area in question. Large paint projects equal large investments of both time and money, so doing things on a small scale may be the best option for those wishing to play things safe.
With companies such as PPG and Sherwin Williams continuously releasing new hues and shades such as ‘Violet Verbana’ and ‘Poised Taupe’, it is no wonder that many people are left baffled when it comes to picking the colour that suits them best. By following the aforementioned processes, and always remembering that caution and careful planning always ousts hasty decision making, we are confident that the process of narrowing down the best paint scheme will become much easier. Summer is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to launch a restoration project that will compliment the beautiful weather! If you have any questions, would like some paint advice, or are inquiring about a free quote, then don’t hesitate to give us a call or reach out via our website.