{paint selection tip: choose a color family}

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! Read the rest of this entry »

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