What Color is that? An update on how to choose colors for your home.

I love Houzz.com, Pinterest, Instagram and the internet in general for the inspirational images shared. I love to showcase our work on all these sites as well.

While the goal is to inspire and be hired …more than anything else it elicits demands for the exact color on the wall.

I wrote about this back in 2012 …however, the word is still not out. So instead of words, I am going to demonstrate with some pictures….as they are worth so much more here.

A picture is worth a thousand words … a magazine tear with the color noted in the room along with the actual color chip shown on my duel screens.

A picture is worth a thousand words … a magazine tear with the color noted in the room along with the actual color chip shown on my duel screens.

Clients of ours brought in an image from a magazine…yes a magazine last month. They really loved the color in the magazine and wanted to paint their interior spaces this color. In a quick demonstration, I showed them that the actual color was not the same as it appeared in print. This lead me to show you here, that not only are printed materials difficult to control but images on different computer screens render the color differently.

Benjamin Moore Ice Mist PT-280 The color behind the computer screens above. Taken with I Phone Camera

Benjamin Moore Ice Mist PT-280 The color behind the computer screens above. Taken with I Phone Camera

To further demonstrate that colors need to be selected on site and not from an image on the internet, I noticed that the blue metallic wall behind my computer screen photographed what looks like yellow to me. When in real life, it is a metallic blue.

So …moral of the story…if you like what you are seeing on your screen, first grab a paint fan deck and match the color you are seeing. Then get a sample and paint it on the walls in the space and look at it in different light throughout the day. Also note that the light bulbs in your light fixtures will also alter the color you selected.

Light bulbs that are 2700 Kelvin will be the closest to natural daylight.

Please also note that different wall and ceiling planes make a difference in how the color looks. I have painted the same color in two different rooms and been surprised myself how different it looks.

The other thing that will have a huge impact on the color you see in the room will be the other colors …like the couch or flooring. The colors will look different in every situation.

Good luck and as always if you need help with all this ….call on your local professionals. The investment in their experience could save you from the dreaded experience of coming home to find the painter has painted the wall in exactly the color he was given and the results are not even close to what you were looking for….aka do not demand that you be given the exact paint color you see in an image on the internet.