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In this design video podcast Paul Stein and Carla Hedman from Trusted House Painter discuss 5 factors that create the feel of a bedroom from her Free PDF download - Best Paint Colors For Bedroom Walls

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welcome to another trusted house painter

color design podcast i'm your host Paul Stein

your bedroom is where your mind your

body and your soul connect

every night to rejuvenate heal and

gather inspiration for tomorrow's


it's also the place you rest your head

and turn off the noise from the busy

world around you

so choosing the right paint color for

your bedroom walls

makes the difference between feeling


creative and vibrant or sluggish


and anxious choosing the right bedroom

color doesn't have to be complicated

and at trusted house painter we want you

to wake up refreshed

energized and ready to paint the world a

better place

by downloading the free pdf bedrooms

best paint colors for bedroom walls

found only at

and on today's show we have the author

of this free pdf

carla hedman carla hedman is a

professional color design

consultant who's helped thousands of

homeowners transform their bedrooms

and homes into a sanctuary of calm

and the castle they call home welcome to

the show carla how are you today

i'm good thank you paul how are you


i'm doing good i'm doing good i had a

good rest my uh my bedroom wall colors

are nice and

white it doesn't work it feels good it

feels good so before we get into the


into this pdf and all the factors of

choosing the best paint colors for

bedroom walls

i want to know from you how does the

color of your bedroom walls

make any difference to the feel of the


uh well you know it sounds a little bit

crazy but you actually

are affected by the colors around you

and colors can they actually have an

energy to them

so they can uh typically in the cooler

side of this color wheel they tend to be

a little bit

more calming and relaxing and warmer


do exactly that they feel warmer

they uh evoke a sense of

uh hugging or uh an element of warmth

really is what you're looking for

so it can make you feel

like you said earlier alive it can calm

you down

it can make you inspired it can

quiet a call like a really restless mind

it can actually

calm that down so here's what we're

trying to do

is to help you guys find the perfect

colors for your bedroom

for the look you're trying to achieve

awesome well let's let's get right into


so if you're watching this video you can

download your free pdf copy

of this pdf best paint colors for

bedroom walls at

and follow along as we discuss some of

the factors

when choosing the paint colors for your

bedroom walls so carla let's start off

with point number one

in the pdf soft and warm colors what

what do you mean by that

uh so basically when i say soft i mean

something that's been muted it's not a

really intense

color everything is a little bit quieter

it's muted that what that means really

is that it's typically not a true color

it tends to have a smokiness or a

haziness that comes across it

and that sort of makes it soft and then

the warm

the worm tends to come in the ends of

the warm color wheel so in the color

wheel you're looking at

yellows reds and oranges that being said

you don't have to have yellow red or

orange on the wall

we can always have them as a neutral and

so that can be your undertone in your


or your beige or your sand and those

guys all

fall within that color scheme okay so


like for example just a little bit of

pigment in in the paint color there's


a lot of pigment it's not a it's not

popping out at you in other words right

exactly exactly so it just is a

you know it's not a huge impact when you

do colors like that

what it often does is it gives you a

really great backdrop

for all of your decor so when you i see

that what your eye is drawn to is your

decor so again if you want to evoke an

element of quiet in the space even

though you've gone soft and warm

if you do very soft quiet colors with

the soft quiet walls it still feels soft

and quiet

so say you're using

a creamy color on your walls and then

you use creams and beiges in your decor

so you don't have a lot of contrast so

it still feels warm but it

feels quiet as well mmm brilliant

awesome that's great so that's point

number one in the pdf the second factor

that you identify

in the pdf is rooms that feel light

and airy what do you mean by that well

what i like to say well light is pretty

easy you know you think it's not dark so

it's bright or light and

airy think of breezy fresh

uh you know you don't think warm you

feel like it's just like a little kiss

of a breeze so

it's not cold it's not um

it's not hard on the eyes really what

those sort of light

and airy sort of feels are just that it

doesn't feel like colors coming at you

there is a bit of a presence of color

but again it's pretty quiet

just like the soft and worm it's just


but we've gone a little cooler so you're

going to end up on the cooler side of

the color wheel so you're going to be

looking at blues and greens and

sometimes purples in this direction

i see so perhaps if you had like dark

hardwood floors or even like a

dark wood interior something like a

light and airy color

will help offset the dark cavey feel is

that what you mean

exactly exactly so it does tend to be

really nice to sleep in they're great


great kind of colors for bedrooms

because you know

a lot of people like to sleep with the

window open same idea you get that nice


breeze same idea with that it's very

relaxing and calming on the mind

nice excellent well that one point

factor number two light and airy

goes along with this next point uh the

third point which is

bright and cheerful now we're

broadcasting right now from the pacific

northwest area

and it's not always sunny here there's a

lot of gray and

whenever i travel down to mexico or go

to hawaii or

puerto rico i notice that there's a lot

of bright and cheerful colors so that

brings us on to this

third point which is bright and cheerful

what colors what examples would you give

that would help create a bright and


room well bright and cheerful typically

tends to be an actual

color we're not talking about neutrals

at this point i would say that

bright and cheery means a color uh and

you can go a little brighter

a little bit more vibrant because you

are looking for a little bit more energy

and again it's the colors give energy

off on them so

uh the more intense the energy you want

the more

vibrant you're going to go so if

for example you want it to feel sunny in

your room then maybe you want to pick a

sunny yellow

for those of us in the pacific northwest

that it tends to be gray

you know roughly six months of the year


maybe a little bright and sunny isn't a

bad thing you know

so maybe you can pretend that you're in

mexico for those times even though you

can't be

yeah it's funny because as i drive down

the road i kind of see those people that

that take this factor the bright and


uh they take it to the exterior of their

homes and i see that

uh because the one house is gray the

next one's a neutral gray the next one's

a brown the next one's a taupe

and then there comes like a big yellow

house or something and i can see that

they've tried to bring that to the

exterior of their house to

to bring a little bit more bright and

cheerful so bringing that into your


allows a little bit more space a little

bit more color and as you said the


essence of the of the color really adds

a little bit of life to your room right

mm-hmm so if you're feeling a little

sluggish maybe that's a good way to add

a little bit of color or energy into

your space

yeah well the next factor here the

factor number four on the pdf the free


uh best paint colors for your bedroom

walls which you can download for free

at along with

other pdfs that

carla has made that help you choose the

best colors for your home

for your bedroom and elsewhere uh the

the factory number four that i really

like and this is where

what my wife really likes when we

painted our home

uh was quiet and calm because

our lives tend to be busy tends to be


and it seems like you know the more we

go further down

into the 2020s this next decade it seems

like there's a lot of noise out there

and for me

um being able to turn off the lights

close the blinds turn off every all the

noise in my head and lay back and sleep

really helps me get a good rest so that

i'm creative and

vibrant the next day so the next factor

that we're talking about is

a quiet and calm room this is a feel of

the room

explain what you mean by that well what

i mean usually by that and that can

come into sort of the soft and warm and

the light in area they do fall in there

but what i'm also counting in this one

is that sort of calming element

is something that's been neutralized

it's all about neutral

or neutralized color that's what's going

to give you that

calming effect that quieter more sort of

restorative feel after sleeping you want

to feel like you've actually

slept the night away instead of tossed

and turned and

you know when you go to bed at night

that sort of feel

just sort of sets the mood for you

yeah you wake up in the morning and it

actually helps you in the morning too so

if you

feel like you had a rough night maybe

you wake up

and it's calm in the morning to see to

wake up to a soft

calm you know quiet space sometimes

helps too

yeah and one thing i noticed uh well at

least my wife she's she's quite the

designer she adds a little bit of

element to our life for sure

one thing i notice is that our room is

quiet and calm the paint colors in our

room is quiet and calm

and what she does is that she adds a

nice rich warm

duvet cover on the bed or some nice


um pillows on the bed which really adds

to the room she sometimes hangs

um a green plant in the corner of the

room and it helps

create that calm and quiet feel a little

bit it almost feels

net like i'm in nature in a way so

that's what i've noticed helps me

and what my world is really sorry that's

a really great way to to do that

is to bring the outside in so bringing

in a little bit of

natural elements into your space sort of

you know restores where you're at

because we're all part of the earth we

need to bring a little bit of that

outside in

yeah absolutely i agree for sure and i

guess the last

element within this um or one last

factor within this free pdf

best paint colors for your bedroom walls

found at

is factor number five rich and elegant

colors what do you mean by rich and

elegant colors in your bedroom and

and when would someone want to apply

that in their bedroom

well when i say rich and elegant i

typically mean something that's a little

bit more saturated or a color that has a

bit more pigment

and again in order for it to feel richer

or more elegant typically

it tends to have a neutralized element

in it

it's not that you can't get away with

jewel tone colors and make them look

rich and elegant

but sometimes it just takes a little bit

more skill

if you're uncertain always neutralize

your colors

because it'll be easier for most people

to live with in the long term

uh so basically what that means is think


a state like you want to have your room

you want to be

a king or a queen you want to have that

estately room

you want it to be rich you want it to be

elegant maybe you

have really big scale fancy furniture

and you want to

sort of hold the weight of these things

think of

really heavy furniture sometimes too

light on the wall

all you see is really heavy furniture

you put something a little bit more

intense on the walls a little denser a

little richer

and you'll end up actually making the


feel more elegant interesting i was

going to ask you

is is this tip the rich and elegant feel

of the room

is that something only reserved for big


like say 15 by 20 bedrooms or could you

use a rich and elegant

feel in your room if it's a really small

basement suite bedroom can you do that

you could you certainly could but you

have to make sure that how you decorate


also goes along with the wall color so

you want to stay with the same scheme

so you know if you're using rich and

elegant colors

decorate rich and elegant too even if it

is as much as you can afford

you know make it look as elegant as you


now one thing i do know about colors

though uh being a professional painter


is that um generally when you look at a

color swab

it tends to dry a little bit darker and

then once you put it on the wall

it actually looks a little bit darker so

would that be dangerous

uh putting a rich and elegant color in a

dark room in a small room

is could that make it more cave like or


yes it could certainly do that uh really

what your eye is

drawn to is contrast so you could really


end up having less contrast on your

ceiling so maybe don't

do white on your ceiling do a darker

color on your ceiling and a darker on

your wall

and basically it's definitely dark i'm

not going to take away from that it's

it's really absorbing a lot of light but

it is

making it sort of moodier if you will

and that's where you really need to

address your um

your lighting so if this is a room that

you do a lot of reading in maybe that's

not a great idea

i know you want to think tasks what are

you doing in here so i'm thinking

bedrooms bedrooms dark

not a bad thing because you can sleep in

dark spaces

but you know a space that you do a lot

of work in maybe not a great idea

uh and you're right it does look darker

from a little chip

to a wall and then you get it everywhere

it tends to look quite a bit deeper so

and a lot more intense so sometimes

going a little bit lighter than you

think you want

is a good idea inside i see and

a popular trend that i found has come

into play here in the last year or so

is adding like wallpaper as an elegant

rich i've seen a lot of uh

powder rooms in new constructions um

because it doesn't have a shower or bath

it's a small little place what i've

noticed a lot of lately is like

the bottom wainscoting is white is


really bright matches the toilet sink

the pedestal sink

but then what they use on the top half

of the walls

uh is is like either a nice elegant

wallpaper or a dark

color so bringing that into your bedroom

could you use like a wallpaper feature

wall or would you recommend even using

like a darker color to create the

elegant look

as a feature wall in a bedroom would

that be possible or is that kind of kind

of faux pas and

don't do that you certainly can you

certainly can when adding wallpaper

depending on the wallpaper you're also

adding pattern and texture in there so

that adds

interest to a space and you know the


uh sort of you know

neutral or intense colors

sometimes will evoke the same idea you

know you can have a little bit of gloss

on it and you can have gloss and matte

or shine and that's sometimes even with

a soft color palette

can make it look more elegant depending

on the paper

cool that's good to know well we'll have

to do a completely different show about


yeah wallpapers another story for sure

yeah and it's a popular thing it's funny


five years ago most of my jobs were

ripping wallpaper off or painting over

wallpaper and

it's funny how trends just do a complete

180 and now everybody wants wallpaper

right so

we'll do another show about that but

i've got a few questions that i think

maybe some other viewers may have

with respect to these five factors found

in the free pdf

that you can download from and the pdf is


best paint colors for your bedroom walls

how to create a beautiful feel

an elegant feel or a calming feel or

whatever you want these five elements

help you

identify which feel you want for your

room so one of the first questions i


is can you combine two or more of these

one of these five factors down in the

pdf can you combine two of them together

or is that not recommended so in other

words can you incorporate soft and warm

and rich and elegant

or is that gonna create too much like

noise in the room

great question paul actually yes you can

combine the two but i will put something

out here if you feel uncertain

don't don't mix them if you feel nervous

just stick with one but you're right you

could definitely mix

say that soft and warm and rich and

elegant you could do a soft beige on

most of your walls and then

add an accent wall that's something a

little bit richer and more elegant

awesome cool that's that that basically

solves my question because

a lot of quite a lot of clients that

i've had in the past asked that very

question and

i kind of get fumbled and i don't really

want to tell them what to do

because if i tell them yes and they do

it wrong and they have a horrible

experience well guess who wears it right

me because i recommended that so thank

you for answering that

uh the second question i have is if

someone isn't sure

what type of feel they want in the room

whether it be soft and airy or soft and

warm light and airy bright and cheerful

quiet and calm rich and elegant if they

don't know what type of feel they want

for the home

what would be your what would you

recommend as a default

go-to recommendation of one of those

five factors

uh i would actually say one i would say

one of two would be a great option so i

would either say

light and airy or soft and warm so

really it comes down to what colors

you like you know because everybody has

what they like so don't ignore what you


so if you tend to like warmer colors

creams and beiges and sands maybe just

go into that direction

uh or if you tend to like cooler colors

you like grays and blues and

things like that then go to the light

and airy keep it light

and calming and that will be the easiest

way for most people to

you know have a nice space for their


okay excellent thank you another

question i had was

like i mentioned earlier we're in the

pacific northwest it's gray six months

of the year here beautiful i love the

rain it's fresh it's awesome

um but what if you're down south

south of the border um then you get a

lot of sunlight

so my question to you is what if your


is on the north side of a home and it

doesn't get a lot of light what happens

if your bedroom doesn't have a lot of

window light natural light coming in

and it's very dark and cave-like um what

do you think would be the best feel for

that type of room to help

offset the constant darkness of it

okay well i i like to think of two

schools of thoughts when it comes to


one is either embrace it and just know

that it's dark and maybe that's

what you do use let's like let's go a

little bit deeper let's maybe go to the

bright and cheerful or the rich and


because it's already dark anyways you're

not going to be able to fix

uh fix the lighting with your paint


so that would be one way to go about it

and just

accept that it's dark and go for it

or the other direction would be is if

it's dark in

you know north facing and out here say

in the pacific northwest

something that has a little bit more

clarity behind it something that's a

little cleaner because the light is a

little bit more muted

so you could go for warm

creamy things if you want to do the

whites like something like benjamin

moore's navajo white actually works

really good in north space north facing


they don't look too dull but they still

have a little bit of color and it looks


i do find that if you go bright white in

spaces like that they actually look a

little too sterile so you need to add a

little bit of color

in order for it to look a little bit

more inviting yeah

and then the other pdf that you made how

to choose the perfect paint color for

your house you mentioned that there's

certain things that you're stuck with

that you're you you you choose your

color based on the things you're stuck

with so

what you just said there by kind of

embracing what exists

sometimes helps alleviate that question


cool and the last question i have is

kind of like the option it might kind of

sound like a stupid question but

you know i kind of ask stupid questions

and sometimes i amaze myself with the

answers that come out

but what happens if your bedroom is

always cold what happens if you're home

you live in an older home and it's cold

and you're always bundling up and

you're you know would would using dark


help create warmth um and vice versa if

you lived in a very hot home

would creating light cut would putting

light colors on your bedroom walls help


the feel of the room yes

actually paul you've got it right on the

money it

is it doesn't technically change the

temperature of your room

but it will actually make it

feel or appear warmer

if you do warmer colors deeper denser


in those cool spaces and conversely

it will cool off the space so sometimes

if you are

on a hot side of the house say you're

south facing or west facing

or say you live in the south and it's

got a lot of light if you want to

uh you know soften the heat

a little bit cool it off a little bit go

to the cooler side

and conversely if you wanted to warm it

up instead of putting a sweater

maybe put a deeper warmer color on your

walls and that'll help too

awesome no that's great i really

appreciate you taking the time to make

this video with me

uh talking about your free pdf and the

factors that you

outline in it that help homeowners

choose the perfect paint color for the

bedroom walls

um i know that the pdf itself has some

color swabs

on each factor such as soft and warm

light and airy bright cheerful

calm and quiet and rich and elegant so

if you download this

pdf you'll see some color swabs on each

point that help you understand and

visually see

which colors carla is mentioning and

carly most of these colors are benjamin

moore colors that you have put in the

the pdf is that correct that is correct

in fact they all

are benjamin colors and it's not limited

to benjamin moore

it's it could be any paint color out

there you know almost every paint

well every paint store and p paint

retailer out there has their own variety


colors and you can get similar colors to

almost every

retail is that right that is correct

that is correct

and i would say a big thing don't ignore

what they

uh like the tried and true kind of


you know you can always ask the people

at the paint store which ones are people

using a lot right now because you know

you're not looking to reinvent the wheel

let's just work with what's working

awesome so to finish up this if you're

watching the show you can go to and you can

download your free pdf

entitled bedrooms best paint colors for

your bedroom walls

and if someone wants to contact you

carla for say a virtual color consult

for their bedroom

that seems to be the popular thing

nowadays for a lot of people

where can they contact you and how can

they how can they get a hold of you for

your services

uh you can contact me from karla

trusted or you can go

through the

website and you can find me through

there and if you're looking for painters

to go along with

that newly colored room we can also talk

because we can get you in touch with

some of the painters with

in your local area excellent thank you

very much girl i was just going to say

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you very much for

being on the show carla and thank you

for watching the show and

um any last comments that you'd love to


to uh to the homeowner for any kind of


what they should do when they're

painting their bedrooms any last kind of


uh the last tip i would say is you know

trust your gut you know sometimes that's

the biggest thing

go with what you like that's important

too you're the one who lives there

you're the one paying the bills so make

sure it feels like your house

so don't uh don't feel like you have to

be like your friends

or your neighbors do your space for you

and take advantage of all the references

and materials out there for you they're

there to help

yeah exactly and that trusted house

painter we want you to have a beautiful


in your bedroom so you can paint the

world a better place

thanks again for being on the show carla

and thank you for watching and we'll

chat soon carla thank you so much

sounds great thanks paul okay see you

later you bet


hello i’m paul the painter from trusted

house painter and on today’s show we’ve

got carla hedman she’s a professional

color consultant

from victoria bc carla welcome to the

show how are you

hi paul i’m doing great thank you for

having me here

cool well you created a document called

how to choose the perfect painting color

for your home it’s seven professional

color design tips

to help for people that uh

understand the color process and

actually choose the colors properly

and in today’s show what we’re going to

do is we’re going to talk about all

seven of those

tips the first tip is all about neutrals

what would you say about neutrals why is

this a tip what do you mean about that

neutrals are something that isn’t


a color and the beauty of neutrals is

that they

go with a lot of things so if you’re

really confused about does this go in my

house does this go in my house

sticking with neutrals is a safer way

for most people to pick colors

it’s you know easy a lot of people think


that’s a lot of things that you don’t

have to put too much personality into a

space often when you’re using neutrals

if you’re worried about having something

that’s going to be

longer lasting neutrals are great ways

to go as well

neutrals always change as far as

what’s in style sometimes grays are more


sometimes beiges and taupes are more


sometimes whites are more popular but

the reality is

a neutral is always a neutral it works

all the time it might not be to your

taste sometimes

or that it might be that you’re tired of

having that neutral

but otherwise neutrals are if it counts

for anything

the safer way to go when you’re choosing


yeah absolutely so i will get onto the

second point which is strong colors and

i think we’ll

identify what uh the tips you give about

strong colors and then we’ll identify

the contrast between the two which might

help the listeners understand a little

bit more about this step too or this tip

too which is

strong colors tell us about strong

colors now strong colors can have a

great deal of impact and sometimes

that’s what you want you want to direct

the eye you want to focus the eye on


great idea to do that if you want to

have something that actually

you know the thing about neutrals if i’m

going to go back a little bit about


is that neutrals don’t always

give a lot of personality to a space so

if you don’t know how to decorate around

a space sometimes

you know adding colors in on your walls

actually adds part of the decor

so you’re not relying on your deck your

decor around the house

to give you influence or

let’s say a feel to a space

color can give it more personality

you can go blues like a navy blue

hard strong color but the thing about

that is that cool colors

even though it might be strong recede

and so it might not advance at you the

same way

that a warm color like a red will do

they both have a great deal of impact

it’s just whether you want to have

stronger energy

or softer energy that’s good info that’s

good info so give us an example give

give the viewer here an example of when

you would use a neutral for example with


uh well the beauty of using neutrals in

an interior

uh say you’re going in a hallway or an

entryway or something that you want to


sort of a continuity something that

maybe you want to change colors in each


having a neutral in the middle is a

great way to meet these colors together

in case you’re you know wanting to put a

different color in each room or

three different colors in the house and

having one as your main color to drive

you through or pull your eye

all the way through the spike through

the space and

uh you know the beauty of having

neutrals is

mixing it with color your color becomes

more apparent and your neutral becomes

more neutral if that makes any sense at


yeah well as painting as a house painter

what i notice is that when you paint a

house an exterior of a house for example

in neutral tones

you can add you can add hanging flower


red and pink flower baskets and you see

you know a rose garden in the front

that’s just makes it pop

or they’ve got specific kind of brick

work in the front that just makes it pop

because it has that that that contrast

to it so i know exactly what you’re

talking about maybe give another example

of when you’d use a strong color when


when would you use a strong color for

example in an interior for example

so using a strong color in an interior

can do some really interesting things

you could do it on say a front door on

the inside

it focuses your eye on the front door

gives your entryway just a little bit

more interest

you could use it in a powder room a

powder room is a small little room it’s

going to be

small no matter what you do why don’t

you use it as a little jewel in the

middle of the house

and add some color in it like there are

some options to do it you do not have to

use strong color everywhere

if you use it everywhere it’s just it’s

definitely a bold statement

so it’s really up to you as far as how

you want your space to feel

the neutrals will emphasize the color

as well so you’ve got that nice contrast

just like you were saying about the


against the neutral of the background

what do you see you see the neutral of

the background and it’s lovely

but then you also get that little pop of


yeah and so your third point on the pdf

the free pdf

um how to choose the perfect paint color

for your home

is undertones and neutrals or i should

say neutrals and undertones so maybe

what do you mean by

selecting undertones and neutrals so

because a neutral

is essentially a neutral if you pair it

with a color

but as soon as you start pairing

neutrals with neutrals then your

neutrals start having colors

to them so don’t if you’ve ever put a

beige with a gray

and sometimes your beige looks yellow

and sometimes your gray looks blue

that’s where you’re coming out with your

undertones so

putting neutrals with neutrals that’s

how you can really pull out the


and it just comes down to what’s most

important in your space if you’re

decorating with yellow

and yellow looks good in your space but

you’re done with yellow

you know that an undertone of yellow in

a color will always work in that space

same idea with blue if you decorate and

the decorating with the blue looks good

in there you can make a blue

undertone work in your space it’s just


finding that you just don’t necessarily

want them to fight

so if you’re putting you know a gray

that you think is gray

but ends up looking blue next to

something that is a beige that looks

very yellow you get blue and yellow in

your room

instead of gray and beige so don’t add

neutrals together in other words

sometimes you can it’s just

the easier way to do it is to stick to

the same

undertones if you’re worried and you

don’t have enough experience to do those


pick an undertone and roll with it

okay that’s good advice well the uh the

fourth tip that you give in the free pdf

is um things you cannot change maybe

mention what you mean by that

what i mean like that say you’ve bought

a new place and

you love the new space but the reality


you know maybe you don’t have enough

money to redo everything but you can

you know you can have enough money to

repaint and make the space feel a little

bit more

yours but say you have new carpeting

and it’s in really good shape but it’s

kind of pink

and you don’t really like pink what do

you do with it

you know what most people will end up

doing is they’ll actually end up picking


try to ignore it and what it end up

doing is it actually emphasizes the


so one of the things that you want to do

with that if you don’t

want to make the pink stand out stronger

is to actually pull something that has

some red in it which i know

like i mentioned in the tips that it

seems counterintuitive

but it really is something that will

help camouflage or tone down

a color that you really don’t like so if

you have a base carpet

you don’t want to be going at anything

that is green based

they do work together but all it does is

it emphasizes your carpet

so if you have a pink carpet you’re

better off

with going something that has more into

the pink beiges

taupes that have more of a red undertone

in them just to

tone everything down doesn’t mean that


have to do pink in there i mean you

certainly could there’s no harm in doing


if if you don’t want it to be everywhere

pink you still need to have something

that has some red in

it that’s how they blend together

yeah when i’m giving some of my

professional color consultation which is


uh minimal to uh clients specifically

with exteriors

i often tell them look at things you

cannot change like your roof you

generally can’t change the color if

you’ve got a red roof

you know you’ve got a little bad if

you’ve got white gutters or white window


like you see some people have brick work

red brick in the front of their house

so there’s things you can’t change and

you gotta kind of start with that and

then in other words that way

that’s what you’re trying to say start

with what you you’re kind of stuck with

and then go from there yeah

it always if you include it in your

color scheme

it’s more intentional and it always

looks way better if you do that

okay that’s that’s cool what brings us

to our next point which is

lighting lighting in color is so


what is the purpose of lighting well

basically color really is when we see it

through our eyes it’s all

relative to light available light

and what it’s next to lighting and


really pushes or pulls on colors

so you know the reality is color is

going to change

all the time because lighting changes

all the time sunrises sun sets it goes

all the way around you have sunny days

you don’t have sunny days

it’s going to change and sometimes

that’s why it’s hard to pick a color


you’re looking at a color you know at


in the middle of the summer and then in

the middle of winter when it’s

you know five o’clock in the afternoon

and dark why does this color look so


it’s because the lighting has made it

look that way

so sometimes you want to look at when

you’re choosing colors look at them

throughout the day

i don’t expect you to look all

throughout the year that’s a little bit

much for people having to wait that long

to choose colors to wait through the

year and see what they actually do

but give it a day see look at it all

through the day

see what it does for you do you like it

and also another thing that i like to

point out too for people

is when are you home most of the time

you know if you’re home

all the time well then that’s really

important if you’re only home in the


maybe you know looking at the evening

time is probably your best time to check


you know it’s just where do you like it

because the reality is sometimes

you’re not going to love that color 100

of the time

you might like it 98 of the time but

there might be a day or two where you’re


i don’t know about this and it might

even only just be in a corner

that you don’t like it yes because

it’s all about lighting and we’ll get

into that yeah we’ll get in the next two

points after this quick tip a lot of

the times i tell clients of mine when

i’m painting is when they’re putting it

on the outside of the house the color

i tell them to put them on two or three

different sides of the house so that

they get to see what

the backside the west side looks like


and at night and you can see the east

side on the morning and at night so it

kind of gives you a different


of way the way the the the sun moves

through the sky throughout the day so

that’s another little tip that i do

with respect to lighting so the last two

points uh

of this free pdf which is how to choose


paint color uh for your home is the

difference between

natural light which is point number six

natural light tell us a little bit more

about natural light how does that affect


so natural light what you’re gonna get

on that it basically is

are you getting the sunshine on it or is

it ambient daylight so the sun isn’t on

it the sun

might be up and it might be a sunshiny

day but the actual sun

is not shining into your window right

now or shining on that side of the house

what you’re gonna get with with sunlight

is warmth right you think of the yellow

of the sun or the gold

of the sun that color comes and

shows you the warm yellow note so you’re

gonna get

warmer color because you have warmer


when you’ve got ambient daylight so that

means that the sun

is not actually shining in you just have

daylight coming in

daylight tends to be on the blue side

and you know if it’s overcast

it’s gray blue good way to think about

it is what does the sky look like

if the sky looks like that that color is

coming into your house or it’s on your

house when you’re looking at an exterior

so yeah yeah the biggest thing when it

comes down to what does the sky look


that color is coming in your house that

color is on your house so basically

look at the sky that blue that’s why a

lot of the time when people pick colors

and they’re

tend to be bluer than they thought they

were going to be

it’s because daylight is doing that for

you yeah it’s interesting i know from

photography um

like for example when the sun is going

down sunset you can get

brilliant warm pictures uh because the

sun is low on the horizon whereas it’s

probably best to take wedding photos

when it’s

somewhat overcast because then you get

the diffusion of the light of the sun

which creates a different less shadows

for example so

um that’s a perfect that’s a perfect

example of what that does

yeah and i know with recent forest fires

here in the bc where we are sometimes we

get the summer haze

and that turns out to be orange or

bronze and it can totally distort the

color of the of

your home right yeah 100 well that’s

something that a lot of people forget


i mean we could get into other things

too about you know windows

windows always have uv protection if

there are newer windows they have uv

protection so that uv protection

is adding some color as well so when you

have the light coming through that it

is actually filtering the light in a

different way than if you had clear


yeah who knew it would be so complicated


it can be complicated but it doesn’t

have to be

too difficult that’s right exactly well

it is a science and that’s why there’s

people like you

serving you know many homeowners and

people that want their colors

which brings us to our last point which

is artificial colors

um now there’s different color

temperatures there’s

like you mentioned yellows blues you can

get light bulbs that are all these

different temperatures and different

temperatures are good for reading

tell us a little bit more about our how

artificial lighting

can affect colors well it’s just like i

was saying about daylight and how

daylight can be blue and sunlight can be


you can buy bulbs that are trying to


basically the light that comes off the

sun it’s just in a much

muted and uh softer way obviously we

don’t want to

burn our houses down but it’s uh it

really comes down to uh you know

if you’re wanting to have uh like if

you’re choosing a color in the south

side of the house that’s going to be a

warm light

south-facing rooms west facing rooms

tend to be hotter light that comes in

them so

you know sometimes it’s a good rule of

thumb to choose cooler colors in the

warmer rooms

and conversely in the cooler side of the

house with the east and the north side

facing spaces

to choose warmer ones so that in the

reality of the scheme of things

is that the temperature value seems

similar in the end so that they’re a

little bit more cohesive

just to work with what the lighting is

doing whether

where the sun is and then also

considering what sort of artificial

lighting you’re

you’re choosing to put in your space

well those are great seven tips yeah

those are great seven tips

um carl it’s always awesome talking with

you about color we should cut this

okay i short appreciate all the

information that he talks choosing a

color is a science

it’s not that easy it’s very quite

complicated because we’re dealing with

emotions and human beings right

a hundred percent yes yeah thank you


so if you want a copy of this just

download it on the page on the blog page

it’s a free pdf and it’s seven

practical tips uh that’ll guide you to

choosing the perfect painting color for

your home

my name is paul from trusted l’s painter

thank you carla for being on the show

today and check out our other videos

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um and have a great day

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