Some people are born with a gift of knowing color and style. They sense instinctively what would look perfect in this space or that, what color would add a pop of visual interest, what neutrals work best in what lighting. Thankfully, for the rest of us who don’t have that innate knowledge, there’s help.
Color expert Belinda Dietrich recommends that homeowners think about specific areas they want to focus on so that they can best use their time effectively. They should spend some time visualizing the mood they want the space to imbue—cozy and intimate, bright and energetic, luxurious or elegant. Find one thing they love in their space as an inspiration or focal point.
The process of selecting new colors begins by gathering information about the colors of the fixed components in the space, and make a list of colors you love or hate.
It can help to ask for an outside perspective. Other people and experts like Dietrich may see things that someone living in the space on a daily basis doesn’t.
Also keep in mind the lighting in a space, which can dramatically change a color’s hue and tone. Have you decided on a color and by nightfall, you’re regretting your decision? There’s a word for that: metamerism. Metamerism means that colors seem to change under different light conditions. That’s why testing is key!
Simply put, light affects the way colors look. It can appear one way in natural light and slightly different under the glare of artificial light. The direction of the light, from East to West, can change what you see based on the surroundings. This is why you need to look at the light in all the possible scenarios of sunshine and flash that the room may get. Look at it in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The color can change quite a bit from morning sunshine to nighttime with the glow of lamps. The position of the rooms puts this all at play. Northern light is cooler, while Southern light is warmer.
The takeaway: always look at your color within the space you will actually be painting to achieve the right appearance.
Well, how you can fix at least one of your paint problems anyway.
A true do-it-yourselfer knows that not every project goes according to plan. Painting is no exception. Coalescence void is a common problem occurring when paint doesn’t form a continuous film.
Coalescence void happens usually when a surface temperature is too cold, below 50 degrees. Don’t leave this problem unfixed. There are ways to avoid this unfortunate result.
Coalescence void can be avoided by NOT painting interior or exterior surfaces when the temperatures are too cold. Late afternoon painting in unheated areas are vulnerable because the temperature will continue to decrease during the night and prevent proper paint film formation.
Heating the freshly painted surface causes the paint to properly spread before it dries if paint coalescence has already occurred.
Priming is essential for better adhesion, sheen uniformity, mildew control and durability. Select a top quality interior paint in the color and sheen of your choice.
~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings. As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.