Selecting the Perfect Paint Color with Pratt & Lambert

Selecting the perfect paint color can be a tricky endeavor. I often get questions from readers about this topic and it is one of the elements of design for which my clients rely on me most. When designing a space, I usually opt for classic, neutral colors because my clients rely on me to create tasteful, timeless spaces for them with an enduring quality. The wonderful thing about Pratt & Lambert’s trend forecasting, is that they identify colors that feel really fresh and current, but work in classic interiors. When the foundation of a space is based around a versatile, neutral paint color, it creates the opportunity for the furniture, art, textiles, and accessories in the room to truly stand out and add a layered, polished quality to the space. Working with a rich, warm, neutral paint palette creates a sense of versatility allowing all of the various design elements to come together beautifully. This is precisely why I am excited to be working with Pratt & Lambert, who recently invited me to share my thoughts on neutral paint colors, in their “Intention” palette, a color story featured in their 2018 forecast, in an ad campaign in Traditional Home magazine.

{Pratt & Lambert’s Warm, Rich “Woodwitch #32-22 in my Client’s Dining Room | Photography by Max Burkhalter}

I tend to use warm grays quite a bit since they work well with just about any combination of textiles or overall style. However, gray paint colors can be tricky. Oftentimes, the undertones can read too blue, too pink, or even too purple, which is why it is so important to test out a few paint color options on your walls prior to committing to a winner. Paint swatches on a wall in the space, observe it as the light changes throughout the day, and you’ll be able to edit down your choices fairly quickly. Pratt & Lambert’s Gossamer (#32-26) and Woodwitch (#32-22) colors are beautiful, warm gray tones, ideal for imbuing a space with classic, effortless style.

{Pratt & Lambert’s “Designer White #33-1 Provides the Perfect Contrast to the Custom deGournay Wallpaper in this Bedroom I Designed | Photography by Brittany Ambridge}

When it comes to trim colors, I like for the moldings and millwork in a space to provide a nice amount of contrast, so when using a warm gray, I like for the woodwork, including the baseboards to be a crisp, high gloss white for a classic look. Pratt & Lambert’s Designer White (#33-1)is one of my go-to shades of white for its crisp quality. In fact, I used it in the bedroom I designed for the Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans last year.

{Pratt & Lambert’s Color of the Year, “Heron” #27-18 shown on my Client’s Custom Console | Photography by Max Burkhalter

While I most often use neutral paint colors, every now and then, I love to use a rich, saturated color in a bold hue. If your space lacks architectural details such as millwork and moldings, a great way to create architectural interest is by using paint creatively. Rich hues are also great in unexpected places such as small powder rooms; spaces for entertaining like dining rooms; and they are stunning in high gloss or lacquered finishes with tone on tone décor. Pratt & Lambert’s Color of the Year, Heron (#27-18) has recently become a favorite color for these types of spaces. It is the perfect shade of deep blue green and has amazing depth to it.

For more tips on selecting the ideal paint color for your project, be sure to read our feature in the October issue of Traditional Home! In the meantime, you can check out Pratt & Lambert’s 2018 Color Forecast here.

{This post is sponsored by Pratt & Lambert. All opinions are genuinely my own.}




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