Picky, picky, picky

February 10, 2008 at 11:20 am 2 comments

I should have known that it wouldn’t be magic but I hoped for better with the Behr Color Smart. I know I’m being super picky (color geek that I am). Admittedly, it does give a better idea than a paint chip. This is a before photo of my future sewing room in the new house.

Here’s the palette I chose and the after.

Both walls are supposedly the same color. It’s called “Haze” and my current living room is painted this color so I know what it really looks like. Maybe it’s trying to simulating lighting and shadow. I think the wall over the fireplace is brighter and peachier than it should be. Overall, I’ve found I have to choose a color several shades darker than I want in order to approximate the color I’m actually looking for.

Here’s a before photo from my in-laws new house. It’s been completely renovated so the walls are freshly plastered. I hoped this would work better.

This is the after.
The picture above is a slightly cooler green than the color in the palette but you certainly get the picture. As I’m writing this post, I have to admit that it doesn’t really look all that bad.
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  • 1. High Desert Diva  |  February 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Choosing paint color is definitely tricky, even with all the new computer software that allows you to do what you’ve done here. The advice I usually give my clients is to either paint a large swatch of the color on the wall or a piece of poster board (most paint companies now sell small paint pouches for $3-$4) and live with the color for at least a week. Pay attention to how the color looks at various times of the day as it certainly changes with the light.

    No matter what, paint is one the cheapest things a person can do to change the look of an entire room.

    Good luck!

  • 2. chris  |  February 10, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I’m a sucker for green… those walls look like the color I put in my living room. I painted them gray first! Dunno why… like, a gray living room? I am so not an interior decorator, but like to admire other’s efforts.

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