Picking Colors For Your New Home

Dated: 02/27/2013

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As a certified amateur interior designer, I find that picking room colors is one of the biggest challenges facing my buyers when they move into their new home.

Recently, I offered to loan out my Benjamin Moore satchel with hundreds of color samples to my client who just purchased a mid-sized Colonial in New City.  Not sure I am doing her a favor...bigger selection...bigger confusion?

Pottery Barn figured this out a few years ago when they started issuing a selection of a dozen Benjamin Moore color swatches at the start of each season to help their customers make that tough selection.

Recently, I was reading in House Beautiful magazine an interview with a well known interior designer who admitted...shock, horror!!! that he found picking colors the hardest part of his job!  Who knew?    

Years ago as I repainted the formal dining room of my house in Palisades for the third time...trying to find the right buttery yellow...I remembered that Ralph Lauren often painted a wall 10 or 12 times before deciding on a color!  Maybe that's why the Belgian designer, tastemaker, Axel Vervoordt, sticks to the neutrals?

Speaking of neutrals...check out the blogspot, Belgian Pearls written by designer, Greet LeFevre.  Her interior photos of Belgian homes are sublime and photos of the Belgian countryside superb!

I also like to search on the HOUZZ website...although that can be a bit overwhelming, but you can fine tune your search and still come up with literally hundreds of photos.  I recently searched red bathrooms (lavatory size) adjacent to white kitchens...400 examples?  In this case, I did the research...picked out 4 or 5 nice photos...and emailed them to my client in South Nyack.  

A good source book for color selection is Color Palettes written by Donald Kaufman.  I have two copies and loan it out on a regular basis.  Of all the books on color I have in my possession, I find this one to be the most helpful. If you can't find it at your local bookstore, go to Amazon...will probably cost less than the postage!

So, dear reader, be not afraid!  Slap those colors up on the wall, watch them in different light...give yourself some time to live with the color...and then once the room is fully painted...be prepared to change the color.

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Deborah Ragasto

Deborah comes to Wright Bros. Real Estate with a strong business sense and creative background. Previously a Marketing Art Director for publications, Elle Decor and Metropolitan Home Magazine, she bri....

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