Paint 101

Guess what year it was....

Beverly Hills Cop.  Cyndi Lauper.  Cabbage Patch Kids.  Where’s The Beef?  Ronald Reagan.  Naugles.

I was a Paint Specialist at Frazee Paint in Santa Ana.  Being good with color and able to lift 5 gallon paint buckets, I demonstrated all the necessary job skills and soon became the first female to work in the paint department.  These were the days of no computers, all formulas handwritten and paint pigment was added to the can like vanilla to cake batter.  Sounds difficult but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I learned so much about color, value, saturation and intensity by not relying on the push of a button to magically produce the perfect can of paint. And by the way, the Frazee Family were the nicest people I’ve ever worked for.  

Trying to fit all I want to tell you about selecting a paint color in one blog is virtually impossible.  Let’s narrow it down to 5 tips to help you get started.

  1. PICK YOUR PAINT COLOR LAST-Let’s put it this way, since there’s an endless number of paint colors to choose from but a limited amount of fabrics and other decorative items. Trust me, pick your paint color last.
  2. PAY ATTENTION TO LIGHTING-Natural daylight shows the truest color, incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows while fluorescent lighting casts a blue tone.
  3. TEST YOUR COLORS-Poster board and sponge brushes will be your best friends.  Look at the colors at different times of the day, different places in the room and during sunny vs cloudy weather.
  4. MOOD CHECK-What type of mood are you trying to achieve in the room?  Typically, cool colors are calming and warm colors energize a room. Red increases the appetite, Yellow stimulates the nerves and Orange increases energy levels.  
  5. DON’T STRESS OUT-Paint is the least expensive way to make the biggest impact on your environment.  Have fun with it!  

If you need more help picking your paint color, call me for an in-home paint consultation at 714 425-2525 and we’ll get it figured out. 

Oh...and the year was 1984!