After looking at the scuff marks and chipped paint on my basement walls I am considering re-painting, though it seems a bit futile considering my third grade boy will continue to play knee hockey and indoor baseball, basketball, and football with his friends over the winter. I used to dread picking out paint colors — I would agonize over different shades and have a dozen paint samples scattered over the walls. I don’t feel that sense of dread anymore. Over the years I have found my ‘color family’ that I like and I tend to stay within.
I remember when I was decorating my first house in California and my designer advised me to pick paint colors that match the color scheme in my closet — that the colors I wore the most would be the colors I would most likely want to surround myself with. That worked to an extent — I know I like paint colors in the natural color scheme versus the bolder primary colors. What I found more important is knowing how much energy you derive from your living space. I painted my first living room in a beautiful sage color. While it was pretty and complemented my furniture nicely, I found it to be too drab for me — like a constant cloudy day. I must say, my husband has been very understanding with the many painting re-dos I’ve had over the years!
Once I determined I liked the tan family I then discovered there were many different shades of tan. When we moved here to Minnesota, I painted my living room in a beige color. What I learned is that I picked a paint that had a grey undertone. It wasn’t until I laid out many tan paint cards that I started to recognize the ones with gold undertones, beige undertones and grey undertones. This when I combined my need for a color with uplifting energy with the tan color wheel. I quickly realized I liked a tan with gold undertones. Perfect!! I use the advice of the decorators by accessorizing in my favorite “closet colors” to complete the picture.
I love all the seasons of the Minnesota weather as well as decorating for each of the holidays. I have found that having a wall color that transitions nicely through the seasons and compliments my holiday decorations varying from orange to red to green works really well.
I have since had to pick out pinks, apple green and orange for my daughters’ bedrooms. Now that I understand that after I have narrowed down a color, all I need to do is lay out many shades to compare the different hues, the undertones just pop out at me and I feel much more confident in choosing a color! If that doesn’t work or is too time-consuming for you, you can have one of Hirshfield’s color consultants come to your home and help select the perfect shade.
Alas, what color to paint the basement?