• What a great time to refresh your space during National Painting Week (May 23 to May 30). Don’t be intimated.  Here are a few steps to help you on your way.

    Color – to go bold or neutral that is your choice.  Let your personality come through in the color you choose. 

    Start small.  Go to the paint store and bring home swatches and tape them to the wall you are considering painting.  When you pick a shade or two from the swatches we suggest getting small samples of one or two choices and paint it on a large white board and then hang it on the wall.  This way you are sure it’s the color you want and the existing paint color in the room is not affecting the color you have chosen.  It’s a small investment and it will save you from wasting a gallon of paint.  You can also use it as your touch up paint in years to come rather than opening the big can of paint leftover.

    As you select a color, consider the mood of a room. Do you want your bedroom restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals will produce a softer feeling, while stronger colors are for drama.

    Do you want your dining room to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.

    The only rooms you may what to consciously keep in a subtler hue are the children’s bedrooms. Bright intense colors can lead to unrest and irritability in some young children.  You can still bring in a pop of bright color in an accessory.

    Color reacts to light.  What does the space you are considering painting look like in natural sunlight? And what does it look like with the lights on at night.  Painting a larger sample really helps you see how the color will look in the day and at night.

    Use the color wheel to help you pick colors that will complement your main color choice.  Or if you prefer a monochromatic room, a color wheel will help you pick the right tone to accent your main color.

    For more information go to the experts at Sherwin Williams and scroll through and click each color family to see how easily color can change everything at: http://bit.ly/1U7kJgQ.