My husband, Tommy, and I were getting ready to leave for a trip to Florida this past winter. While dreaming of the sunshine and packing our bags, we were eagerly picking out paint colors so that we could have a couple rooms in our house painted while we were out of town. The mistake: selecting colors without seeing them in natural light. When selecting paint colors with my clients, I meet them during the day to review colors. We look at the colors in the natural light (whether the sun is out or not) to see what true colors “shine” through. Natural light provides an “unbiased” spectrum of light that is very different than light from CFL, incandescent, and LED bulbs. I know better than to make the mistake I made. Without having to re-do the bronze tile all over the bathroom, change the counter and the cabinet, we selected a color that we thought “modernized” the tile and fit well with our 1970’s home. This color felt more comfortable than the beige color currently on the walls. It is the main bathroom for our guests and son, so we wanted to make it a comfortable space. After returning from vacation, we were shocked to find that the bronze tile looked absolutely horrible with the Benjamin Moore “Elephant Grey” color that we selected, which turned out to be a shade of purple that can only be described as “wrong” when compared to the bronze tile on the floor and walls of the bathroom. The photo I attached validates this. Today, we selected a new color and will proceed by selecting all other colors using these three checkpoints:
- Review the color selected in daylight
- Review the color selected in the evening (with only manufactured light)
- Paint a sample on various walls to verify the color before painting the entire space
I am sure “Elephant Grey” has a perfect place somewhere. Let me know if it finds its home in yours!