Why should I hire a Color Consultant?
We all know how the colors we love make us feel great...and the wrong color just hurts. I believe that when we surround ourselves with color that feels just right it shifts our lives for the better. We are certainly happier, probably healthier and generally more productive when our surroundings feel like the right fit with who we are and how we live.
If you’ve ever made a mistake choosing a color, you know the pain of having to repaint, either paying a painter for a do-over, or doing it yourself. To me, the highest price one can pay is having to live with a color mistake, day in day out, for years to come. Purchasing sample pots of paint can add up fast and it doesn’t necessarily get you any closer to color you’ll love. Investing in professional color advice will probably save you money and will certainly save you pain and frustration.
I‘ll help you unravel your own relationship to color and create a color plan that’s unique to you. I promise the process will be fast, fun and fascinating.
When should I call you?
I generally have a 3-5 week lead time for new clients, so if you are thinking about painting in the next month or so, calling me now would be a very good idea. Once you are an established client, I will do every thing I can to squeeze you in on shorter notice if you need me.
If you are building or remodeling, I strongly suggest we chat well before you begin to make the big, expensive decisions on things like cabinets, counters and flooring. I have never worked on a build or remodel where I didn't save my client from some kind of expensive misstep -- the wrong kitchen counters, a mistake in the architectural plans, incorrect lighting placement. Contractors are human too, and you deserve a second set of experienced eyes on your plans!
What if I don't live in New England?
In some cases, I will refer you to a trusted color professional in your area. When that is not possible, I offer Virtual Color & Design Consulting to clients across the county. I have worked with homeowners and businesses to create successful color plans for both interiors and exteriors. We won’t get the instant gratification of working together face-to-face, but you will get a color scheme that works for you, without any confusion or mistakes.
How can a Virtual Consultation be successful?
The best outcomes for Virtual Consults happen when the client is actively involved in the design process. My skills involve helping you refine your vision and getting you where you need to be with color. Good color is partly the result of having a good eye, but listening skills pay an equally important role. It may take a few conversations and a couple sets of sample colors to review, but with your enthusiastic participation we can quickly zero in on a color scheme that will make your home look and feel exactly like you want it to.
I will ask you for photos of your home, a set of inspiration photos noting likes and dislikes, fabric swatches if you have them and a floor plan. We’ll talk through your design goals by phone for an hour or so, then I will send you color samples to audition, based on all of the information you have shared with me. In most cases, we’ll have found the right colors on the first pass. But, I am always happy to refine a color once you’ve seen it in person.
How does an on-site Color Consultation work?
We will meet in your home and choose colors together, based on the things you already own - your furnishings and fixed elements like countertops and floor colors – as well as the architectural style of your home and your lighting, but most importantly the mood & feeling you are looking to create. I will bring large color chips with me and we will select at least one color for each room, sometimes a few colors to choose from.
I will then have giant sample chips of the colors we’ve selected sent directly to you so that you can “audition” your colors on a larger scale without having to spend any money on sample pots of actual paint. I can also create a written specification for your project so that you'll only need to hand a piece of paper to your contractor, knowing that every color for every room is spelled out clearly.
After our meeting, basic follow up by phone or email is included at no additional charge. If you'd like further design assistance with things like fabrics or window treatments, we can either schedule another meeting or I can assist you from my office at an hourly rate.
What if my home has not been built yet?
I regularly work with clients who are building new homes and I have the skills to read your blueprints and virtually walk you through your new rooms to choose colors and materials. In addition to working with paint colors, many of my clients ask me to help them navigate color selections for their kitchens & baths. Every choice you need to make will be better with an eye to color -- from cabinetry to countertops to tile.
I can help you make those big investment decisions with ease and confidence.
How long will it take?
A lot depends on you and your project. If we’re picking new paint colors for an average sized home, we’ll probably only need a few hours. Most building and remodeling projects, including consultations on kitchen & bath materials, usually come in at 10-20 hours. Large scale projects, where I offer assistance on everything – paint color, flooring, kitchen & bath materials, plumbing, lighting, window treatments, furniture, floor plans, etc. – can take 20-50 hours, depending on the complexity of the project.