Color IQ: Makeover Options for The Perfect Palette
I am so thrilled to see all the spectacular experiences and color ideas that many of you shared here, on facebook, and twitter in response to Meredith's Interesting Question on Color (Color IQ). Altering colors in your home can change a room from status quo to extraordinary. Adding the right combination of paint and color is one of the smartest and most cost effective design tricks out there when you're looking for a way to give your home a facelift.
So when one of our readers, Meredith, challenged us to come up with the perfect palette for her already "magazine ready" room, many of you pulled out those fan decks and shared your favorites! As a result, here are some combinations that add just the right amount of color to upgrade her style and complete the look. I used Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer to upload Meredith's photos and try many, many color options!
Option One: Classic Sophisticate. This palette is perfect if you're looking for colors that will stand the test of time. Using two colors from our Historic Collection, I created a combination that is subtle and achieves just the look we were after. Many votes came in for both colors from all of our readers!
Stonington Gray HC-170 is a popular light gray with cool undertones and works well with Silver Satin OC-26 on the ceiling to keep the overall look cool and subtle.
Palladian Blue, HC-144 is a classic color choice for the Dining Room
Cape Hatteras Sand AC-34 is a warm taupe gray that can bring out the warmth of the wood and stone. It's paired with Cloud White OC-130, a balanced white for the ceiling that works with many colors
Gray Horse 2140-50 is a green toned gray and will accent the stone hearth well while also highlighting the great amount of nature outside of the windows. Vanilla Milkshake OC-59 is a warm white on the ceiling.
And I didn't forget about trim. To keep it simple, I found that Chantilly Lace OC-65 works beautifully for the trim with all three combinations. I would suggest using the same color for trim throughout the open areas to help with flow and continuity.
Just remember that colors are always so different on our computer screens than on our walls, so make sure to check out samples of each of these colors to really see the nuance and beauty of each one!
Meredith also mentioned that the previous owner was a smoker and left behind some lingering odors. Carpet (and carpet pad) are one of the usual suspects when it comes to this problem in a house, but since we're working with hardwood floors, that can't be the source of the odor. One of our readers, Donna Frasca, had a great suggestion to clean the walls first with "trisodium phosphate". This is a great cleaning agent to get walls ready to prep. Make sure to be cautious and follow safety guidelines if you decide to use this or any other cleaner on your walls, of course!
To minimize the odor after cleaning, Benjamin Moore recommends priming and sealing the walls with a product called Fresh Start Alkyd Primer 024. The advantage of this Alkyd Primer over others is that it's lower in VOC or volatile organic compounds than competitor's alkyd primers. VOC's are the chemical and subsequent odor that's left in the air from many sources every day like painting, getting your nails done, or even spraying air freshener! Some VOCs are more noticeable than others, of course. But it's always a good idea to consider using low or zero VOC paints whenever possible. My suggestion is to pair the Fresh Start Alkyd Primer 024 with a zero VOC paint that's available in limitless colors, like Natura. This combination allows you to create the look you're after and still be able to breathe easy knowing that you have a high quality paint that will last and leave little impact on the environment. (Note: If you don't have these specific concerns that Meredith is dealing with, stick with Natura Interior Waterborne Paint Primer, otherwise known as Product 511. Like Natura, it's also zero VOC!)
Meredith was kind enough to invite us into her home and so we've all raised our Color IQ's a bit. I have a feeling we'd all like to know what Meredith will do next! Meredith, I hope you'll share what you think and some "after" shots, too.