Trade Secrets: Paint Tips

De Nimes #299 Farrow & Ball


Bancha Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball Bancha No. 298

Painting is easy, right?  Anyone can grab a brush and throw paint on a wall, but there is a significant difference between the work of a master painter and what your teenage son’s room might look like if he completed the job himself.  Perhaps even more important may be the color and design selection process itself – if the color isn’t right, it doesn’t matter how excellent the paint job is.  However, you don’t necessarily need to hire a team of professional painters and designers to produce similar workmanship – our expert staff has come up with its top trade secrets to help your painting projects turn out perfectly.

  • Before you change wall colors, update your ceiling colors. Here are a few color options for the classic white ceiling from Liz, Hirshfield’s Woodbury. “Depending on the overall palette, I like to use Hirshfield’s 0006 Little Dove or 0012 Bunny Cake with warmer, deeper walls. For lighter and cooler colors, I like Hirshfield’s 0011 Sugar Dust. For a crisp contrast to grays and blues, I love Benjamin Moore’s White Dove OC-17.”
  • When selecting wall colors, don’t shy away from traditional hues. Painting is the easiest and least expensive way to dramatically change the character of any room, and you can easily repaint a room if you dislike the results; however, don’t choose a wild color to make a statement.  “Choose a color you can live with for several years,” says Kathy Basil of Hirshfield’s Design Studio. “You can’t be too bold or too subtle but the color should reflect your personality and style.”
  • Take color for a test drive. You absolutely love the color and you want to get started painting. STOP! Buy a sample pot and put it on the wall or a sample board before you have our staff mix up your entire order. You can see the colors on their actual surfaces, and in the correct lighting conditions where you plan to paint. We want you to be satisfied with your color selection before you pick up a paint brush. This tip is from every Hirshfield’s sales person!
  • Save time. Skip the line. You can now order paint online and pick it up at your local Hirshfield’s store. We are continually adding products to our Shop Online site so keep checking back!

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