Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Painting Progress

You hear it time and time again, painting is the easiest and least expensive way to make a big change in your home decor. It's so true!

My parents have decided to make some updates and this is where we started...


Isn't that a nice change? We haven't even touched accessories yet and it already feels like a brand new room.

Prepare yourself, I'm climbing upon my soapbox...Ready?

If you have ever even half-way thought about hiring a decorator, I say it's definitely worth the money when it comes to picking a paint color. Let me prove my point...

Does this scenario ring a bell? 
Go to Home Depot, bring home 20 paint swatches, tape them all over the house, ask every neighbor their opinion, still can't decide so it's back to Home Depot, pick out 20 more swatches and repeat. Okay, you've narrowed it down to your top 3. Time to buy the little samples and paint sections on your wall. You spend days looking at them all and still can't decide. You get sick of looking at them so you just pick one and go with it. Aww darn, that's not what you thought it'd look like! Now what?

The Solution? Hire a decorator for a color consultation.
Most people don't even realized you can hire someone just to offer color selections. Design help doesn't have to look like an Extreme Makeover Home Edition episode. While that would be nice, it's not practical in the real world. You can find designers/decorators that charge an hourly rate. A person with a trained eye can come in, evaluate the surroundings and tell you the best colors for your space in no time. You could knock out a paint consultation in 1 to 2 hours tops. Wouldn't that be worth the money? You would walk away with confidence that someone who "knows their stuff" led you in the right direction. That's worth a lot, my friends!

What should you expect to spend? Most likely you can expect to be charged $50 - $100. Remember, friends, you just spent that much on paint samples and gas, driving back and forth to Home Depot a million times. Think of the time and headaches this saves as well...so worth it!

Putting things into perspective: If you had a plumbing problem you would call a plumber, right? And what do they charge hourly? At least $100. Do you even think twice about calling him? No, because he knows his stuff and he can fix your problem. So, if you're not good with colors then hire someone who is and be confident that they can fix your problems too.

Whew, I'm climbing down now! If you're still reading, thanks for hanging in there.

We're off to Dallas today for one more CHRISTmas celebration. Not sure how much time I'll have for blogging so if you check in for the weekly RAK challenges, it may not show up until next week. That doesn't mean you can't spread some kindness of your own though!

If you're looking to make some fabulous progress in your own home, but need a little help, contact me.

5 comments:

pam {simple details} said...

Nice choice, love the fresh updated look. Can't wait to see your touches with the accessories!

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Paint is my favorite tool in the design belt :), it makes such a dramatic impact and is inexpensive like you said. I love the new color, it is beautiful against the warm brown tones.

Happy New Year!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow, yes! what a difference paint makes!

Holly said...

How true, how true! And what a HUGE difference the paint makes in your parents home. The new color gives such a big lift to that room and doesn't make it look as heavy as it was before. What color is that anyway?

Full House said...

i love your "does this scenario ring a bell"...so true and funny.

That color change makes a huge difference. Love it!

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