When I was a child, one of my favorite aspects in creating artwork was color mixing. I’m sure you’re shocked to hear that :)
There is a deeper understanding that develops when you mix color on a paint palette. Especially oil paint because of it’s translucency. You can see the layers and how adding a little red to green for example (complimentary color) gives you a rich olive tone.
My mother is an artist and she also sees color in sort of a different way, so I believe there’s a genetic link as well. There are actually people who have more color receptive cones in their eyes. We’re probably in this group. My husband always laughs that we are “offbeat creative types” with unusual brains.
For years before I started Color Zen, I noticed people sighing in the paint department. Some honestly looked like they wanted to cry when 500 shades of tan sat silently on the wall before them. I couldn’t get past the overwhelming urge to help everyone. So I turned this into a business.
Paint color is really difficult. It still challenges me and I stare at color all day. There is chemistry involved. It reminds me of perfume- you smell the most wonderful scent but when you spray it on, it may or may not work on your skin. This is exactly what happens on walls. Every home’s lighting and such is 100% unique. It takes some tinkering.
The most frequent question I get regarding color consults is “What is your process?”. So here goes- I meet with you on location or start with a phone call if you’re remote. And we talk… We talk about your space, your style, your likes and dislikes, how you want the space to feel, whether you’re a risk-taker or someone who likes understatement. We work to incorporate furnishings or if the space is blank we choose colors that are versatile. Next we move into sampling options for each room.
The key to creating a space that feels well-designed is good flow. Color balance… Sometimes it’s challenging to explain how taupe, cream and coral will work together in your space but it’s all in the specific shades. Some people just can’t visualize so it takes a little leap of faith.
Clients are often surprised by ideas I present. I hear “I wouldn’t have thought of that in a million years- but I love it.” I notice a little spark in someone’s eye when they’re pushed a little. That moment is a real highlight of my job. Paint color consulting is the core of our work. It builds relationships that lead in many different directions. It’s a specialty and a real labor of love.
Contact us anytime with questions or color related projects!
(p.s. paint swatch image by portolapaints.com)