Which Yellow Do I Choose?

Last week we finished up a project in Prineville that is worth talking about.  When we showed up my crew began to do the prep work.  Things like removing peeling paint, priming, and caulking.  While this was going on I began to talk with the home owner about what colors she had chosen for the house.  We took a look at the samples she had painted on the house and as we talked I could tell she wasn't very confident in the color she had chosen.  

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For me this is a big red flag.  I want the owner to love the way there house looks, this means we don't settle for a color that is just ok.  I noticed that the yellows she chose for the body color where green based.  So I asked her "It looks you are choosing yellows that are green based, is that what you are going for?"  She said "no, I want a yellow that is buttery."  That is what I needed hear in order to help her choose the perfect color.  She chose a Pittsburgh Paint Color called "Sausalito".  This yellow was more golden and buttery.  

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Can We Make This Ceiling White?

I would like to say I am always up for a challenge, but when I saw this project I was tempted to walk away.  All the owner wanted was a white ceiling.  The only problem was her ceiling was made of tongue and groove paneling and large rough sawn log beams.

As you can see we took the job and began the process of masking and preparing the wood to be painted.  In order to fill the large cracks in the logs we used "Great Stuff Big Gap Filler".  It is a spray foam that expands inside the crack.

After the foam dried we cut off the extra. Next we sprayed and back brushed one coat of stain blocking primer onto the entire ceiling.  It is important to use an oil based stain blocking primer because the tannin in the wood will bleed through the paint.  After the primer dried we could see all the little cracks in the logs that needed to be filled. We used a product called Pro Stretch which is an acrylic urethane caulk in all the cracks.  We even caulked over the top of the foam in the large cracks.

We let the caulking dry overnight then we were ready to paint.  We applied two coats of Miller Premium paint to the ceiling and here is the finished project.

Choosing The Right Color - Part 1

Over the years I have spent hundreds of hours with customers who are on the verge of having their home painted but can't decide what color is right for them.  In these situations I have discovered that color is very personal.  Everyone sees color differently and this is what makes the science of color selection so fascinating.  In some ways it is a study in phycology.

For example the color Yellow for some people evokes a feeling of tension and agitation.  For other people the color yellow reminds them of the beautiful beach house they stayed in last summer.  For them yellow is the color of happiness and optimism.

As I talk with potential customers about their project my goal is not to decide on a color for them but to ask the right questions.  I want to partner with them in their discovery process.  It's no secret that color can either make or break the way your home makes you feel, but luckily, neither is finding out how to choose the perfect color palette for you.

When the color's right, it can:

  • Enhance feelings of health and wellbeing
  • Modify perceived temperature — make your space feel warmer or cooler
  • Transform perceived space — make your space feel larger, or more cozy and intimate
  • Illuminate dark areas
  • Create mystery and romance in dull areas
  • Energize static areas