When to Hire a Colour Consultant

Winnipeg Colour Consultant Shares the Best Time to Get Colour Advice

“Help, the painter is coming in an hour, and I can’t decide on a colour!”

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Daunted by the vast array of colour options?

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Whether it’s because they are overwhelmed by the thousands of options available, or because they and their spouses are firmly entrenched in opposite colour camps, many people find themselves in need of last-minute help to settle on a paint colours.

The good news: This is a great time to bring in a colour consultant because it could save you from a default decision that you will end up regretting.

A professional will bring both colour knowledge and an unbiased perspective to your space. She (or he) will help you choose the right colour to work with your existing fixed elements and support your colour goals for the room as much as possible.

What you should know: An eleventh-hour approach can limit your options if the only inspiration you have for your new colour scheme is existing fixed elements that you really don’t like. But, you will find that having a colour that actually works with them can actually make even things you don’t like seem much more palatable.

Making a last-minute colour choice also means you don’t have time to fully test the colour in your space. It is ALWAYS wise to paint up a large sample board in your chosen colour and finish, and move it around the room for a few days. This lets you see how the colour responds in different lights, at different angles and at different times of day.

“I’ve ordered my flooring and cabinets, but now I’m having trouble finding a countertop and choosing a paint colour.”

The good news: This is also a great time to bring in a professional to help you pull together a cohesive palette.

What you should know: A colour consultant can help you to choose and co-ordinate all of your finishes, including paint.

If the undertones in your choices don’t co-ordinate or the styles don’t work together, a professional colour consultant can spot the problem right away and help you to minimize the impact before the project is too far along. It may cost to make these corrections, but in the end, you’ll be glad instead of frustrated every time you walk into your finished space.

If your initial selections are mostly on track, your colour consultant can show you which elements will pull them together perfectly.

“I’m thinking about making some changes to my decor, but I want to have a plan in place to help me get a look that really feels right.”

The great news: This is an excellent time to hire a professional colour consultant.

What you should know: This can be both the most collaborative and cost-effective approach. It’s a particularly great choice if you are planning to do more than just re-paint your space.

A professional can help you find opportunities right at the start to avoid costly mistakes or unnecessary changes to fixed elements. This post by my fellow True Colour Expert™, Kristie Barnett on what to change and what not to change when decorating is a great example of how she turned an “ugly” floor into a beautiful one through the skillful use of colour.

Engaging a colour consultant in the planning stages of your project also gives you time to consider colours or ideas that might be a bit outside your comfort zone, without the pressure of the painter breathing down your neck.

When there is time to plan, your consultant can spend more time getting to understand you and your goals and then come back to you with a mood board showing a proposed palette of colours, finishes, furnishings and accessories. From there, she can work with you to tweak it to truly reflect your vision so that on the day you call the painter, you already know exactly what colours are going where — and why!

Hiring a professional to help you choose and co-ordinate colour and finishes for your home can benefit you at any stage in the process, but the earlier you seek advice, the more opportunity you have to make good choices from the beginning, and the less time and money you will spend trying to correct choices that do not support your vision for your finished space.

If you’d like help to fill your home with the perfect-for-you balance of classic elements, current trends and harmonious colour, contact us to book a Colour and Decor Consultation.

2 thoughts on “When to Hire a Colour Consultant

  1. Livia

    Yes, colour consultants can help in a lot of ways to bring a home out of an unfortunate situation. Thank you for spreading the word, Carol. I hope more people will be aware of the “miracles” that can happen 🙂 while working with a colour consultant.


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