SEE: 5 tips for picking perfect paint

Thinking about painting this year? Read this first! Pro tips from our painter, Sara Morlock, owner of CertaPro Painters – SW Metro. 

Sara says:

We’ve all been there.

You decide to paint a room and weeks later your walls are a crazy quilt of paint swatches. You’ve flipped through rooms on Houzz and Pinterest and virtually painted your room online. You’ve asked your friends and even your plumber for their opinions. You’re still afraid to make the wrong choice.

It’s okay.

Most of our customers try 3 to 5 colors before they make their final decision. Some even more!

You’re becoming an artist of your own environment! You shouldn’t be afraid to adjust and tweak your colors.

Of course there are many places to find help with your color selections, such as online tools and apps, designers and color consultants.

Each year, the top paint companies select a “Color of the Year” based on trends they have seen with customers. The chart below shows the 2017 colors by manufacturer. It’s interesting to see the broad spectrum of colors. Each company has its own story to tell about why the color was selected. You can read more about these colors on

I work with many of our customers to help select colors for their homes and businesses. The most important part of my color consults is listening!  My goal is always for our customers to love the colors they have chosen.

Through my years working with customers, I’ve run across some very simple tips for color selection.

1.) Choose your paint color last. Select your flooring, fabrics and window treatments first. Then, coordinate your paint color from there.

2.) Look at your wardrobe. Completely unsure where to start? Take a look inside your closet. The combinations you pick for your clothing can help steer you in the right direction for the paints on your walls.

3.) Don’t hold paint chips to your wall. Instead, hold color choices next to your furniture, flooring and other room choices. It’s a better way to see how the color will coordinate with what is in the room you are painting.

4.) Invest in paint samples. The best way to see the integrity of your paint colors is to put them on the walls of your home. The hues will change from one wall to the next. Sky conditions and time of day will also affect how the paint looks in your room. If you don’t want to put paint directly on your walls, get a piece of poster board or even a shirt gift box and paint on that. This makes it easier to move your color choices to different areas of your home.

5.) Accent walls aren’t just for the dining room. And they don’t have to be red! We accent areas or pieces where it makes sense to highlight an architectural feature. Here we accented just the fireplace.

Another color trend I see (and we paint often) is to do the entire main level in one neutral shade – a tan, gray or creamy shade. Then, pick one or two rooms on the floor to introduce an accent color. When decorating, that accent color is pulled into the rooms with the neutral color to coordinate the whole house.

For example, we painted the main floor of a home in a sophisticated warm gray (Sherwin Williams SW 7015 Repose Gray). When I asked our customer what one of her favorite colors was, she said navy. So we added navy in the main floor bathroom and the interior of the front doors using Sherwin Williams shade SW 6244 Naval. Beautiful!

No matter what color you choose, new paint (both interior & exterior) adds vibrancy, freshness and value to your home!

Happy painting!


Sara Morlock, owner of CertaPro Painters – SW Metro

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