Friday, April 29, 2011

Free Advice Friday

Since Salvage Savvy is not yet one week old, I think it’s safe to say that it’s still in the “building phase.” Therefore, when I inform you that there were no questions submitted for today’s Free Advice Friday post, no one will be terribly shocked, right?! However, the simple fact that no one asked me a question rarely stops me from dishing out my advice [just ask my super hero husband] so, I shall continue on undeterred!

Btw, I refuse to make up a question from some make-believe follower and fool my faithful [of 4 days] readers [I’m saving that for next week if no one responds].
Instead, I am going to write about a common question- how to choose a [non ugly] paint color.






We’ve all done it…you get the first coat of paint on the walls and think, “It’ll be better with two coats.” [Deep, deep down you already know that it won’t; nonetheless, pride, denial and hope all converge forcing you to press on]. Once the second coat goes up you think, “It’ll dry to the perfect shade that I chose at the hardware store.” Then, once it dries… it looks worse. You immediately rush over to the paint can thinking, “They mixed this color wrong, I should’ve waited for the old guy who knows what he’s doing- that teenager who helped me looked like he was high.” Finally, you hold your selected paint swatch up against the wall and… it’s a perfect match. D’oh.

Here is a simple, stress-free way to [hopefully] avoid that situation. First, never ever, ever [ever] begin your hunt for a paint color at the hardware store [ever]. Always begin at home, standing [I guess you could sit too] in the room that will be painted. If you have already begun the decorating process, then find an item in the room that has colors you love [a favorite pillow, rug, curtain, vase- you get the idea]. If you are starting the room from scratch, then you can find anything in the whole world that has colors you love [a favorite shirt, purse, your dog…]. Once you have your item, decide if you want it to stand-out in your room or blend into the room. If you want it to stand out, then select a color from it that is used sparingly [meaning one of the accent colors]. If you want it to blend in [meaning that you want the entire room to “feel” like that item] then select the main color from it to “pull” for your paint color.

Once you’ve chosen the color to “pull,” take the item to the hardware store [don’t say, “I think I’ll remember the shade.” You must bring it – because you won’t remember]. While at the hardware store pull all of the colors that seem to match your item and then [this is important] follow the color you’ve chosen down to the darkest shade and make sure you like that shade.



For example, what looks like a light brown could have some serious mauve undertones and end up looking pink on your walls [been there, done that]. Lastly, if you have plenty of patience, time & money it’s a good idea to purchase a little sample can of your color and paint it on your walls to make sure you like it in your room.




Honestly, I never do that- I’m too excited at that point. I just grab the swatch and sprint to the paint counter where there’s usually a teenager working who looks a little high…then I say to myself, “it’ll be fine, I’ve got to get home and PAINT!”



*Need a specific example?? Check out my follow-up post entitled As Requested!!


19 comments:

  1. First of all, you need to stop talking about me! ;-) Second... I literally laughed 'til I cried!

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  2. This post is too funny and too true! Great advice.

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  3. I have to admit -I love a paint sample pot, i think they has saved me a lot of money. I usually end up choosing one shade lighter than the one I like initially. great advice- thanks

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  4. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I am a big FAIL at picking out wall paint colors... It's awful! I will totally remember these tricks!

    Cindy

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  5. Cute Blog. Found you via Pinterest. I'm the same way: I just plunge into painting head first. No sample sections for me. Love your ideas here. Thanks!

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  6. This is such great advice. I never know where to start! And I never thought about following the color down the darkest shade...seems so simple but I never knew that little trick! Thank you!

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  7. I just came upon your blog and LOVE IT! We're buying our first (non-condo) home and I need to paint every wall, and then some! GREAT ADVICE... all the paint chips on my table may have to go in the trash... hmmmm

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  8. You are hilarious!!!! That part about the teenager who looks high had me laughing out loud...I think I woke up my baby! Thanks for the great advice! :)

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  9. You have a great sense of humor and give great advise!
    Recently I had taken the wall paper off of my kitchen and dining room walls, boy was that a lot of work,then I painted a lovely color of green and ragged off a little darker shade. After all that work I'm not crazy about it but would never tell my husband ha.I hate making those kinds of decisions.

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  10. Oh! I've needed this advice so many times! This is great! Thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie @ Ladywiththeredrocker.wordpress.com

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  11. Can you just move in for a couple weeks! Ha - picking paint can me an ordeal for me! Thanks for the help. Love your blog.

    New follower from Whims Wednesday - hope you'll come by for a visit and follow back.

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  12. I HAVE actually made the comment about the teenager who looked high! Great advice.

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  13. Very funny post and great advise too! Thanks for linking up at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  14. hilarious! yet very informative. i love your creations!

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  15. Good advice. I do like the sample paint can because I have a limited budget and can't afford to re-buy paint. To save some work, I paint the sample colors on poster boards (cheap), and then attach those to the wall. Then I can look at the color at different times of the day in different light. I keep a piece of the chosen color board in my purse if I am still decorating and need the color when shopping.

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  16. So true! I was doing pretty well choosing colors for our house until it came time to paint my daughter's room green. Her room before (super dark and shady) had also been green so I thought I could translate the shade to her new (bright and sunny) room. So wrong! We went apple/lime/neon/olive/grass until finally I said we were trying one more and then we were just painting it blue like the nursery! We finally found it (Potpourri Green from BM) but my goodness, I could have used this advice then!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  17. Thanks for a great post on wall paint. I found this post while surfing the web for Thanks for sharing this article.

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  18. i could use a little more info on the "pull" part? i understand accent........does making the room "feel" like the color mean use it on all walls? You are so humorous and i totally enjoyed your article and i too laughed out loud and shocked my hubby when i got to the part about the teenager~! lol....that is exactly what they seem like all too often.....a kind of questioning and blank look! lol........thank you!

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    1. Hmmm, let's see: "Pull" in that particular sentence refers to the color that you've selected to put onto your walls- and yes, making the room "feel" like that color means putting it onto your walls. Walls are by far the largest surface in the room, so whatever color you select for them will add to your room's "feel." So, let's say you have a pillow that has a neutral background and then red and yellow pattern. If you want the room to "feel" like the pillow then you'd select the neutral background color for your walls and add yellow and red accents (curtains, pillows, furniture, etc.). Does that help?! I hope! Glad you enjoyed reading this post- thanks so much!

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