HOW TO AVOID PAINT DISASTERS

I haven't had many paint disasters, except this one, luckily it was on my own home.  For clients homes, I specify and it works.  I don't even do wall swatches.

Whether you're choosing paint colors on your own or with a designer here are some tips for making sure that you avoid a disaster.

1. Good quality primer, paint, and tools.  Bad brushes can leave strokes or bristles in the paint.  Bad paint and primer won't cover properly.

2. Two coats of paint, if the color seems right after one, fine, but usually it takes two.

3. Careful of color matches.  Some places are better than others.  If you're a stickler, it's better to stick with the same manufacturer for color & paint.  Meaning, if you select a Benjamin Moore color, use Benjamin Moore paint.

4. Alright, you can do swatches.  Choose no more than 4-5 paints to swatch.  More than that and you'll drive yourself crazy.  At least 2' x 2', two coats, and on a few different walls.  If you have a strong base color it can affect your samples, maybe prime first in that case.  If you are going to do swatches, it should be on the wall.  Yes, you could do it on another board or paper, but the texture of the walls makes a big difference to how light is reflected and how the color looks.

5. If the painter puts the color up and you feel it is wrong, ask them to stop.  Request that they complete one wall with two coats and sit on it.  Put your blinders on (so you can't see the other walls) and look.  Either the color is wrong or it could be fine and you're reacting to the change or the interaction with the unpainted walls, or two coats are not up yet.  The good news is paint is inexpensive.

What about you?  Any paint disasters?  Any tips on avoiding disaster?

PS: Here are some guides to help:

Exterior House Painting New Exterior Paint Combinations Painting Concrete Best Interior Paint Colors: Dark Blue Paint Guide: Best Reds Paint Guide: Best Pastels Best Interior Paint Colors

BEST PAINT COLORS FOR CEILINGS

Best Paint Colors for Ceilings by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design About half the time I paint the ceiling the same color as the walls.  There are times when a room needs to be enveloped in the same color and the ceiling lines need to go away and not be displayed.  More and more I prefer this seamless look.  I repainted my studio a few weeks ago Decorators White and covered all surfaces in it.  What is more perfect than an Interior Design office than Decorator's White?  I knew it needed to be white - when selecting for other people I can't have my walls casting any color on my choices.  The following choices will work well on the ceiling alone or on the ceiling and the walls.

BENJAMIN MOORE CLOUD WHITE 967

I used this in my list of favorite interior paint colors, but it is equally as great on a ceiling.  How could a color called Cloud White not be great on the ceiling?

BENJAMIN MOORE CALM OC-22

A bluish-white with a hint of lavender to make it feel not so cold.

Cape Cod by Foley & Cox Interiors Photographs by Bruce Buck

BENJAMIN MOORE WINTER WHITE OC-21

For when you want a pure white on the blue side.

Myra Hoefer in House Beautiful photo by Francesco Lagnese

FARROW & BALL WIMBORNE WHITE No. 239

A very "white" white.  This has just a touch of cream it in to not feel too stark.

a+b kasha designs

BENJAMIN MOORE ALABSTER OC-129

The slightest hint of pink makes this a universally flattering tone.

Charlotte Moss Kips Bay Showhouse in House Beautiful

NEW EXTERIOR PAINT COMBINATIONS

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Today I thought I would share some of my favorite exterior paint combinations with you.  If you are ready to paint your house, this is a good time to walk through different neighborhoods and take note of the combinations that you like.  Paint Specifications clockwise from top right: front door, trim, walls.

PAINTED CONCRETE FLOORS

I have a poured concrete patio, what color would you recommend painting it? - Vicki, GA

all colors Benjamin Moore

If you have a nondescript concrete patio, paint is a great way to add character and interest without spending much money.  Keep in mind that the paint will wear and age much quicker out in the elements than it would inside, but that is part of the charm.  If you want to DIY this, read here.

I'd stay within colors you find in great quantities in nature, blues, greens, terra cotta.  Saturated colors will work best since they will fade.  Use a color that is complementary to your house & trim paint.

While more laborious, a painted pattern will add character, check these out from Finnish blogger Liivian Talossa on Apartment Therapy.

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