Choosing paint colors can be overwhelming. It seems nice and easy and exciting… until the paint crew is about to arrive and you still haven’t chosen the exact shade of blue that you want for the accent wall in your bedroom (maybe green would look better?), or which one of the hundreds of options of whites you want for your main color (why does this one look yellow in the hallway, but white in the living room?), you haven’t even thought about the trim (oh my god, we need to paint the trim!), and then your best friend arrives to find you sitting sans pants on your kitchen floor, surrounded by paint samples and cry-laughing into your third glass of wine while you google the difference between satin and eggshell sheens.
Put your pants back on! It doesn’t have to be that overwhelming. Hiring a Certified Color Consultant can save you time, money, and stress, and can help keep your best friend out of therapy.
A color consultant is a certified, accredited professional who is trained and experienced in color psychology, human relationships to architectural spaces, and color theory. Together you’ll go room by room through your space while you explain your design goals and preferences, and your color expert will help you choose hues that bring your walls to life, compliment and provide balance, and bring your design to the forefront. The process generally takes 1.5- 2 hours, depending on the size of your space, which is considerably less than the amount of time it takes to make yourself feel like a crazy person for suddenly not knowing what colors you even like.
Not all consultants are created equal, however. Certification and accreditation can make all the difference between I like my space and I LOVE my space. It’s always important that you love your space, but since we’re all spending a lot more time in our homes for the foreseeable future, it’s especially important right now that it’s a place you feel comfortable and happy. When choosing a color expert, look for training from an accredited color program like IACC-NA (International Association of Color Consultants – North America). There are dozens of certification programs out there, but the vast majority of them lack accreditation. Certification is an assurance of the conformity of a product or service, while accreditation is the formal recognition from an authoritative body of one’s competence and qualification to perform that service. Since the IACC-NA is the authoritative body for color consultants, so hiring a consultant with their accreditation is the equivalent of hiring a Harvard Law-educated attorney so you don’t go to color jail for crimes against design.
Color is one of the biggest differences you can make in a space. A fresh color palette can completely transform a wall, a room, or an entire house on as little as a shoestring budget, which makes it a pretty powerful weapon in the fight against insipid, tired spaces. Working with an expert can help you feel prepared for when the paint crew arrives by providing you with a layout of the exact colors and sheens you’ve chosen, so you can sit back and relax while your house gets Cinderella-ed. Invite your best friend over for a (socially distanced, for now) glass of that wine you’ve been saving, she deserves it.
If you’re interested in a color consultation for your home or business, send us a smoke signal! If you’d rather stay in your jammies or are just plain uncomfortable with a stranger being in your space right now, head over to our Virtual Services page to book a Virtual Color Consultation with our IACC-NA Certified Color Consultant. Consultations for commercial projects and community plans are available upon request.