The first question a client is likely to ask me when starting a redecoration project is, “What color are we going to paint the walls?”  I understand why — paint is an easy concept to grasp and, on the surface, seems like a good starting point.  Just about everyone has done some kind of painting, making it a process people are comfortable and confident with.

The deep blue wall color was selected to contrast with the light values in the antique Chinese rug.

The deep blue wall color was selected to contrast with the light values in the antique Chinese rug.

You might be surprised to learn that the paint color is actually the last thing on the redesign to-do list!  So many elements of a space must be selected first, from furniture and window treatments to area rugs and throw pillows.  I prefer to select and coordinate each of these items first, according to the client’s tastes and lifestyle, before even thinking about breaking out the paint chips and color wheels!

Once the lush silk and chenille chair fabric was chosen, the paint color was an easy decision.

Once the lush silk and chenille chair fabric was chosen, the paint color was an easy decision.

My client fell in love with the cheerful yellow fabric which we used for the chairs. Cornflower blue paint is a gorgeous complement to the yellow.

My client fell in love with the cheerful yellow fabric which we used for the chairs. Cornflower blue paint is a gorgeous complement to the yellow.

Only after the fabrics, floor coverings, and other details are settled on do I turn my attention to paint.  Paint is one of the easiest things to change — much simpler than reupholstering sofas or replacing flooring.  This is why I firmly believe paint should come last!

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