Paint’s Biggest Myths

Just about every interior decorating project involves picking a paint color. Recently I received a new color specification kit from Sherwin Williams, and I am loving using it. Finding the perfect color is easy because of the way they have grouped the colors along with the kit’s large 4 x 4 swatches.

paint color specification tools by sherwin-williams
Color specification kit

But selecting the perfect color is only part of finding the perfect paint. You also have to pick the finish and product. There is a lot to know to choose the best product and finish for your application. The amount of sheen a paint finish has can alter the aesthetics of a paint color. Also, where the paint is going and how it will be used should be considered to pick the correct product.

There is so much to color and product selection that I spent two days with my Sherwin William’s Rep to learn about their paint. It was so informative, and I am blown away with the level of support I get as a designer. They provide me with specification tools and professional development and, on top of that, extend an amazing discount to my clients when I specify the color and product for them. By amazing, I mean up to 50% off MSRP depending on the product.

Many finishes to choose from

During my training session, my Rep and I discussed things that most people believe about paint that aren’t true, and here they are:


Paint Myth #1: MATTE PAINT CAN’T BE WASHED

Some matte paints are washable. This is good news because matte paint is an excellent choice for walls that are not perfect. You do not have to choose between wash-ability and hiding imperfections on your walls. It is worth mentioning that washable is not the same as scrub-able. There is also matte paint that is scrub-able.


Paint Myth #2: ALL PRIMERS ARE THE SAME

All primers are not the same. Different colors require different primers. Priming the walls with the correct primer will ensure that the color you selected will have the same appearance as the swatch you selected. If you do not prime the walls correctly, the color being painted over may change the way the new color appears on the wall.

different paint color primers that are availavle
Different primers for different colors

Paint Myth #3: DRIP MARKS FROM STEAM IN A BATHROOM CAN’T BE HELPED

Have you ever seen marks on walls that result from the condensation that forms on the bathroom walls that get steamed up from the shower? I am happy to report that these drip marks from steam are avoidable. You just have to know what product to use. Look for a product with water spotting and burnish resistance.


Paint Myth #4: THERE IS LITTLE TO NO DIFFERENCE IN PAINT QUALITY BETWEEN BRANDS AND PRODUCTS

There is a massive difference in paints across brands and products. Higher quality paint has more pigments. better coatings, and are self-leveling. All of these things help the paint apply easier and look better.

Lower quality paint has fillers that are added to keep the cost down. Paints with fillers do not cover as well as paints without fillers. This results in needing more coats to cover the wall. More labor, no thank you.

The most significant difference will be how long the paint will continue looking good. Some low-quality paint will only last a year. With outdoor paint, good quality paint could last more three times as long as low-quality paint before it has to be reapplied. So that means painting the outside of your house every six years with low-quality paint or every 18 years with good quality paint. The take away here is less cost per gallon doesn’t necessarily mean less expensive. When you are comparing prices, make sure you are comparing apples to apples.


Were you surprised by any of this? I know I was. If you are getting ready to paint, you may enjoy reading Sherwin-Williams 2020 Color Forecast is a Home-run. You may find Why is picking a white paint so tricky helpful.

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Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 Color Forecast is a “Home-run”

2020 Colormix ® Forecast by Sherwin-Williams

The color forecast by Sherwin-Williams, known in the industry as the Colormix® Forecast, is an event I look forward to attending every year. This year’s color forecast was, by far, my favorite one. Sherwin-Williams introduced “Color in Balance” and emphasized that Interior Designers should not only care about aesthetics but how a space makes a person feel. If you read my blog Design To Be Happy, What Does That Mean?, you are aware that this is in line with my design philosophy.

I am thrilled that Sherwin-Williams recognizes that our home environment is a tool that can be used to assist with our well-being. This theory is very timely, considering the fast pace and stress modern-day life throws at us. More than ever, our home should be our sanctuary.

One reason I feel Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast is a “Home-run” (PUN INTENDED) is that I love their message. But, I am also excited about the color palettes. Honestly, I am in awe and obsessed with their 2020 color palettes. I can identify with all of them (first time) and believe that most people will connect with a few.

Colormix Forecast 2020

The forecast introduces 45 great up and coming colors and groups them into five color palettes. Each addresses a different emotional need. Sherwin-Williams says the palettes “bring joy, serenity, and focus to the mind, body, and spirit. 

Below is an introduction to the 2020 Colormix® Forecast Palettes by Sherwin-Williams. Be sure to read my thoughts and summary afterward.


Color Forecast Palette “Alive”

Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast Palette Alive

The 2020 Colormix® Forecast Palette “Alive” is about living in the moment and enjoying all the wonderful things life has to offer. Sherwin-Williams says that this palette was influenced by Optimism, Authenticity, Globalization, and New Local. They say this palette says to “be present.” The deep navy and olive green are the colors that keep you grounded and focused. Their cool tones are supported with warm neutrals, creating balance, which is essential for wellness.


Color Forecast Palette “Mantra”

Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast Palette Mantra

The 2020 Colormix® palette “Mantra” introduces soft muted colors in a well-balanced mix of both warm and cool colors. These colors are a perfect representation of what influenced them, Minimalism, Serenity, Scandinese, and Sanctuary. Sherwin-Williams says this palette is where the styles of East and West meet.


Color Forecast Palette “Play”

The 2020 Colormix® palette “Play” boasts a collection of fun and lively colors. Sherwin-Williams says the colors were influenced by Escapism, Humor, Joy, and Energy. The colors Pure White and Caviar are perfect companions to the other bright colors in the palette. They allow you to enjoy fun colors and at the same time, keep them from becoming overbearing. We all need more Play in our life!


Color Forecast Palette “Haven”

Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast Palette Haven

The Colormix® palette “Haven” is connected to nature. The colors are shades of the sky, sand, forest, and sea. Sherwin-Williams says the colors were influenced by Simplicity, Wabi-Sabi, Conservation, and Material Health. The shades in this palette are subdued, easy to live with, and create a warm, welcoming environment.


Color Forecast Palette “Heart”

The 2020 Colormix® palette “Heart” is comprised of corals, cocoas, and pinkish beiges. This palette was influenced by Bauhaus, Bohemian, Fusion, and Humanity. These soft, muted colors are earthy with a romantic edge.


My Thoughts about the 2020 Trend Colors

  • Many of the colors have been de-saturated and muted to the point where they can be used as neutrals when decorating.
  • The color palettes that lean towards low contrast, making the addition of textures important.
  • Soft muted colors are being used to translate tranquility, order and sanctuary.
  • Clearer colors are being used to solicit focus, balance, and happiness.
  • The new grays and whites are warm-toned.
  • Beige’s have a pink undertone.
  • Mustard, clay, and cocoa are our new earthy colors.
  • Reds are pink-toned resulting in shades like Juneberry and Erics Pink.
  • Navy and dark green have become neutrals, that work well as a grounding color as black has been used traditionally.
  • There is some harmony between palettes.

Special thanks to Sherwin-Williams for allowing me to use their marketing material to share these great new color palettes with you. Visit their website for more information on their products. If you would like to learn more about their Colormix® Forecast click here.

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Room decorated in soft greens and blue taken from forest picture

Decorating with Colors Inspired by Nature

Decorating with colors inspired by nature can help you develop a color scheme for a beautiful room. Mother nature has already perfectly coordinated color palettes for us to choose from.

Colors inspired by nature


Blue Rooms Inspired by the Sea

shows how to use the sea to pick colors for decorating a home.  Decorating with colors inspired by nature.

How awesome is this living room inspired by the sea? Just like the sea, the room is full of energy. The soft grays and whites are the perfect balance to the numerous shades of blue. However, if you are more of a warm color person, a sunset may be a better source for inspiration.


Orange Rooms Inspired by a Sunset

A living room created with colors from a sunset.

When decorating with colors inspired by nature think of a sunset. This sunset reflecting off the dark color of the water inspires a room which is cheery but also well grounded by the color gray. The result is a warm, relaxed atmosphere. It is important to realize that changing the proportions of the colors would alter the feel of the room dramatically. In other words, more orange and less gray would make a bold statement. A bold color palette creates an exciting and adventurous atmosphere.


Blue and Green Rooms Inspired by a Forest

Shows how to use nature for room color inspiration.  Room inspired by a forest.

Another example of decorating with colors inspired by nature is this beautiful blue-green room. This inspiration picture of trees and water boasts a variety of cool greens and blues. The palette shown could easily be warmed up with the addition of some warm green. Decorating using the forest as room color inspiration has many wonderful possibilities.


Neutral Rooms Inspired by Snow

Shows how to use nature for room color inspiration. Room inspired by snow.

Turning to snow for inspiration is so fun! This palette incorporates different shades of gray, cream and white. The grays found in snow sometimes have a subtle purple undertone which can add a elegant feel to a room. Using metallic gold or silver is a great way to pop these neutrals. You can see this illustrated in the picture above with the use of mirrored furniture and the silver plate leaning against the wall as decor.


Muted Pastel Rooms Inspired by the Beach

Shows how to use nature for room color inspiration. Room inspired by the beach.

In the last example, the soft coastal colors of taupe, ice blue, and soft shades of green are muted and quiet. Many find this palette to be calming and tranquil. It can also lend itself quite nicely to a look of whimsy or one that is romantic.  I want to be sitting at the table in the picture in a white dress and a glass of champagne.


Picking colors to live with is such a personal choice. The colors you select for your home should be ones that make you feel good and are soothing to your soul. If you are starting a decorating project, check out my post Get Started Creating Your Happy Place At Home. Also, if you are venturing out to the paint store reading Why Is Picking A White Paint So Tricky? will give you some great basic color theory knowledge. If you need help, you can always hire me.

paint colors being rolled on a wall

Personality Types and Colors; this is so cool!

Do you think that there is a correlation between personality types and color? More specifically, do you think a personality test could determine what colors you should decorate your home with? I am talking about the colors that you would be the happiest living with.

Believe it or not, I always wondered if there was a connection between personality types and color. So my excitement was through the roof when I came across Domino’s post, What Paint Color to Choose Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type. I was curious to see if there was any truth in this. My results blew me away!

Sample of the Myer Briggs test
Test sample for determining personality types

I am a cross between 3 personality types. Which I think and hope is normal. The three personality types did seem to fit different facets of me. I wrote down my results and then read the Domino’s blog to see what colors they recommended for me. Two of the colors that Domino’s blog said were best for me are presently the main colors in my home. The third is one that I have been planning to use for my bedroom which I want to change up a bit. Isn’t that wild? My personality color results were spot on.

It only took 15 minutes

I am dying to know if you will find the results amazing as well. The whole process of taking the test, reading the results and then comparing them to the Domino’s blog took me 15 minutes. It was interesting to read the personality test results and in a way, fun to do.

Personality Types and Color: What do you think about your results?

I used a different site to take the test than Domino’s recommended. I found my link easier to navigate. Also, It did not require me to register to take the test and get the results. Here is the link I used for the personality test. What are you waiting for? Please let me know if you think your results were accurate by leaving a reply below. 

If you want to learn more about picking a paint color read Why is picking a white paint color so tricky?

White brick wall

Why Is Picking A White Paint So Tricky?

beautiful kitchen with white paint on cabinets
Beautiful kitchen and use of the color white

Why Is Picking A White Paint So Tricky? Maybe because there are so many white paint colors to choose from. Did you know that Benjamin Moore & Co has 372 colors with white in its name? Of course, I knew that there are many different white paint colors. However, until a client was trying to remember a “white” she had in her old home, I had never checked to see how many.  It is no wonder why picking a white paint is not an easy task for most people.

I stood there at the consultation with my paint deck asking, “was it cloud white, white Christmas, oxford white” until she said, “I don’t remember and they all are looking so similar.” 

white paint on brick wall in room.

With there being 372 whites, it is no wonder picking a white paint color is so difficult for many people. White paint is not just white. More importantly, you can make a mistake by picking the wrong white.

Understanding Color

It is helpful to understand some color theory basics to explain the difference between the many different white paints available. This will also help you when picking colors for your home.

fan deck showing colors of paint to pick from

Warm and Cool Colors

First, all colors can be categorized as either warm or cool. Warm colors have an underlying color of either orange, red or yellow. Warm colors advance towards you. This means they can make large rooms seem smaller. Logically, this tells us that warm colors can help us create cozy rooms. On the other hand, cool colors have an underlying color of either blue, green or purple in them. Cool colors are known to recede. Painting a small room in a cool color can make a small room seem larger. Additionally, using a cool color on a ceiling can make the ceiling seem higher. Cool colors can help create a feeling of calmness and tranquility in a room.  

When critically looking at a color, you will see its underlying color. This is sometimes called an undertone. If this is a new concept to you, the best way to discover this is with the color white. Many people think white is white. As I said above, it is never just white.

living room showing white paint on walls with warm colored accents
Cool white walls with warm accents

Some are warm whites, and some are cool whites. Looking at each white separately, it may appear to just be white. When you compare them to each other, you will be able to identify their underlying tones. Some have cool underlying colors like blue or purple. Others have warm underlying colors such as yellow or red. 

These are the nuances that can cause you to pick a color that ends up not being what you thought once you put it on your walls. If something is not quite right, it is probably the underlying color that needs to be tweaked.

Don’t make this white paint mistake

A client of mine painted her walls off white to create a monochromatic look with her off-white pickled oak cabinets. Sounds simple enough—what can go wrong? The “off-white” cabinets had a pink undertone to them. The “off-white” paint she chose had a yellow undertone to it. Guess what? They clashed! She could not figure out what she was unhappy about until she called me in to help.

A blue undertone would have brought coolness and balance to the room. A red undertone would have continued the warm cozy feeling the cabinets had. Any other undertone then the yellow one she picked would have been a better choice.

living room showing white painted walls with warm colored accents
Warm white walls

When you pick a paint color, blue, pink., white or any other color, be aware of whether it is a warm or cool color. Next, know it’s underlying color tone to make sure you selected a color that will work in your home.

If you are starting a decorating project and need to pick paint colors, you may find Decorating with Colors Inspired by Nature helpful. Another great resource is Personality Types and Colors. If you need to plaster your walls before you paint https://happydiyhome.com/how-much-to-plaster-a-room/ is another great resource for information.

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