3 Color Secrets Revealed

Are you color impaired? Palette impoverished? Designer and color expert Mark McCauley, ASID, and color consultant Barbara Jacobs show you the road to color satisfaction.

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Old World in the Big City

Dear HGTV.com,
My name is Shawn and I’m moving from Austin, Tex., into a small 400-square-foot apartment in New York City. I want to paint my walls that golden color that is associated with a Tuscan or Old World look. I can’t do anything other than paint the walls the color of my choice. No texture or special effects. Just paint. Suggestions?
—Craving Old World in the Big City

Dear Craving Old World in the Big City,
When you look at paint chips in the store, you’ll notice that some "Old World Look" colors are more orange or red, and some are more yellow or gold. Take them home, or even get some paint mixed and test them right on the wall. Then, you will be able to tell which type works best in the light you have in your new home. A few you might try: Sherwin Williams #0044, "Hubbard Squash;" SW #6366, "Ambitious Amber;" Benjamin Moore # 2158-40, "Golden Mist" and Benjamin Moore #2159-40, "Amber Waves."

Test-paint an area at least 2 feet by 4 feet sand then review the color over a few days at different times. When you do the test, use a roller and do 2 coats on the area. Small area brushed-testing (just a small streak of area) is not effective because the paint coverage is not solid. In fact, brushing on paint, in a way, removes the paint as it is applied so you don’t get a true idea of its color or coverage. If you want to test the colors on a separate surface, use a primed poster boards. If doing this, it works best to use an oil-based primer so the card stock will stay flat and not warp. So, the secret to getting the paint effect you want? Take the time to try it out on a wall of your room!
—Color consultant Barbara Jacobs, Integral Color and Design

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