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Color Advice

Picking the shade that will cover a room can be a daunting task — just where do you begin when staring at wall of dozens of shades? To help you approach the paint store with confidence, I’ve listed some blunders DIY decoraters make most often.

You choose a hue by only looking at the paint chip.
Those little buggers can be misleading. The absolute best way is to get a little bit of paint on each wall that will be painted to see how lighting changes it throughout the day.

We try to provide examples of what the shade will look like in different lights, but you need to take it home to truly see what works in your space.

You don’t consider how you will “feel” with the color day in and day out.

Try living with it for a few weeks. Give yourself a little time to allow yourself to resonate with the color and the feeling it brings to your environment.

You don’t have a plan for the rest of the room.
If you’re redecorating a space from scratch, it’s helpful to have a vision in mind from the get-go. luxe

It’s important to remember that you have nearly every paint color in the rainbow at your disposal, but are often more limited when it comes to furnishings and fabrics.

You don’t consider the furnishings that are in the room that may affect the paint color.
We’re all for going bold on your walls, but you shouldn’t necessarily choose a super-intense color to make an impact.

Often someone will choose a bold red, but not think about the navy sofa they are purchasing and how that combination might not turn out ideally.

You don’t break the “rules.”
We have all heard not to paint small spaces with dark colors because of the “closed in” or “claustrophobic” feeling it will cause. But what about how cozy it can make it feel? It could be just the perfect shade to give your reading nook that quiet cozy ambience.

You live with a color you don’t love.
Sure, it’s a pain to repaint a room when the shade doesn’t quite work, but it’s actually one of the cheapest and easiest things to correct.

Surround yourself with what you love… especially color. It’s amazing the effect it has!


Forget the old adage that small rooms need to be painted a light shade. White reflects light, making it the go-to color of choice, but what other hues can make a room appear larger? White most definitely isn’t the only answer. Be bold and paint a small room with your favorite dark shade.

Painting Tips for Small Rooms

  • Commit to color. Use one color on the walls, on the moldings, on the cabinets, even on the floor. By using one tone so completely, it makes the different planes all blend into each other. The boundaries are obsolete as the completeness of color unifies the room.
  • Use a gloss finish. A semi-gloss is the perfect selection in the kitchen or bath, but choose more subdued eggshell and satin finishes for the living room or bedroom.
  • Play up perception. Don’t run from shadow, embrace it. Using a dark color can actually camouflage a claustrophobic room. A deep blue provides depth. The corners will be cast in shadow and you’re not quite sure where they are, emulating the vastness of an expansive cavern.
  • Embrace your inner diva. A dark shade brings an element of drama and grandiose to a seemingly quaint room. A deep purple partnered with grey or metallics makes a room feel regal.
  • Make your walls recede. Try using a slightly darker shade on the wall opposite the door. This will make the wall appear to recede, leaving the room feeling spacious.

Transform your small living space into a welcoming environment with the power of paint. No need to shy away from your favorite dark shades and hues, let them serve as  your inspiration!

~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.

Here is a cozy color combination to inspire your fall decorating!




Hey all of you folks in or around Bend, Oregon! There is a color show tonight, that you don’t want to miss! If you are searching for the right color, or want to know how to apply it to your current scheme, you’ll want to be at the Denfeld Miller Paint in Bend tonight! You’ll get insight, advice and a personal color consultation if you wish! Here is the info you’ll need. See you there!

color show





Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon for more beautiful ColorEvolution color combinations.


Sometimes inspiration is right on the breakfast table…




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.

Blond Woman with Brush

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.



Here is the first in a series of color combinations I have put together that feature our newest color collection COLOREVOLUTION.  Some will have suggestions on how to use the colors in your home or on the outside of your home.  They are merely ideas and suggestions, and can be tweaked however you may prefer.  Either way, the colors work together beautifully.  I have named my feature “In the Garden of Color” so I thought I would start off with a combination fittingly named “Garden State”.  Enjoy!  ~mg

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Add Some Pop to Your Exterior By Painting Your Door

Change the feel of the approach to your home by adding a simple change of color to your front door. The trend of today is to do a deep red on your front door. In order to make YOUR house stand out among the rest, you can use a vibrant purple or a navy blue that will give your house the little something extra that makes it special. Of course you will want a color that goes with the rest of your house so that is where we come in. Bring in the colors to your nearest Miller Paint location, that are currently on your house and any one of our sales associates will gladly help you pick the perfect color to give your house that extra ‘pop’ it needs.

Of course you want to make sure that the colors you have selected are going to work, so remember to get a sample quart to make sure the ‘pop’ of color that you have picked out works with everything else around the door.  Or try making your house stand out by painting the trim around the door a bold color and leave the door a simple black.  This is very striking and noticeable.