Many people ask me how my Online Color service works…and if it even works at all. Well, I’m always happy to explain the process and say, “Yep, it really works!”
To see how it all comes together, take a look at this color design that I created for Angela, who lives in Pittsburgh (250 miles from me). This project is also very timely, because it includes a fabulous fall color scheme.
Angela contacted me because she was having difficulty choosing paint colors for the main floor of her home. She had already worked with a local designer, who helped her select fabrics, but Angela wasn’t too happy with the color advice she was getting. The designer was suggesting pale, neutral paint colors but Angela wanted hues that were a bit more adventurous.
Angela sent me photos of her home and fabrics, and she completed an online design questionnaire. We also had a phone consultation — a very important step in the process because listening to my clients is huge for me. I want to hear my clients explain what they envision for their space. If I can’t physically be in the room, then careful listening is a must. I pick up so much just by hearing someone’s tone and the words they use. Most people give me a short story, which can be very informative. In turn, I want them to know that they are working with real person.
In Angela’s home, the sunroom, kitchen and family room are all open to each other, but using just one color for the entire area would have been not-so-adventurous. So, I pulled two colors from the fabric; making sure the hues were somewhat muted so the space wouldn’t feel overwhelming. Here’s the original plan:
Using paint colors along with ‘lively’ fabrics can be challenging. The trick is to paint the walls with colors that are not too dull or too overpowering.
For the foyer I selected a warm gray, and I chose chocolate brown for an optional accent wall:
Angela was happy with the color scheme, but she was also a little hesitant — which is normal, especially with people who are going from white walls to multiple colors. After testing paint samples and trading a few more emails with me, Angela decided to go for it. But she made one change: she used Anjou Pear in the family room instead of the sunroom. Here are some AFTER photos:
Angela was patient with the process and as a result, she and her family are loving their ‘warm and inviting’ fall colors. That’s how Online Design works. If you’d like to know how it can work for you, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.