Preview color before painting

•January 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Wouldn’t it be nice to see what the colors you choose will look like before you buy a drop of paint? I’ve been working on a historic Victorian mansion renovation which I introduced in a previous post and this spring the new exterior colors will be applied giving it a pretty impressive transformation. Many people were involved in the color decision process and it was important that everyone could see how it would look on the house first. Using an old black and white photograph showing the house with its original mansard roof (which is in the process of being restored) I introduced the proposed colors directly onto the photograph for several different color approaches and it was a very helpful tool leading to an eventual color palette decision. Not all clients require this step but when needed it’s a tremendous help. Here is the original photograph along with the winning palette color preview for you to see.

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Happy holidays!

•December 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Wenberg Color Design wishes you the best in this season of sparkle and light!


A time to be thankful for home

•November 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

As the holidays are upon us it makes me think of home and what a refuge from the hectic world it can be. I am thankful for having the most wonderful clients I could ask for who have given me the opportunity to help them as they take on projects large and small to enhance and add beauty to their homes. It brings me pleasure to help them create a place of beauty and comfort they can enjoy for years to come. May Thanksgiving in your home be filled with family, fun and friends!

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A picture says a thousand words

•September 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

A picture really does say a thousand words and here are a good pair of ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos that speak volumes about what well-chosen exterior colors can do for your home. When the house my clients purchased was built, the siding materials hadn’t been treated to prevent aging and some areas were in pretty sad shape leaving no choice but to paint it. They wanted the house to reflect the natural feel the property has and were particular about what colors would satisfy that. After developing a palette that maintains the serene feel they sought, the house was painted and here are the results. They couldn’t be happier and the house fits beautifully into its setting.

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How not to buy paint twice

•August 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Did you know that 40% of all paint sold is being purchased for a second time because of a color mismatch or the color wasn’t liked? Here are several things you can do prevent this from happening to you:
1. Never purchase paint based on a small paint chip. You need to see a MINIMUM of 8″ x 8″ of a color to see it’s color character or you’ll be in for a surprise (and not in a good way!)
2. Evaluate a color in the light of different times of day and in different weather conditions. Color changes throughout the day and looks different on a sunny day than it does on a cloudy or rainy day, really!
3. Don’t decide on a color when you’ve only seen it on one wall. If you purchase a tester, paint it on an inexpensive white poster board that can be moved around and evaluated on different walls before you decide.
I’m here to help if you need it so don’t hesitate to contact me if you do!

Testing, testing…1,2,3

•June 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Painting your house this summer? Here are 3 reasons I don’t recommend painting a ‘tester’ directly on the house as the person in this photo did:
1. You aren’t seeing enough of the color and you’re only seeing it in one place on the house.
2. How we see color is altered by the colors around it and what you see here is not a true representation of what the color will really look like on the house.
3. When you paint directly over an existing color the old color can shadow through and alter the color you are evaluating.
I recommend painting 2 coats of your ‘tester’ color directly on an inexpensive white poster board but don’t paint all the way to the edges, leave an inch or more border of white. You can now move the board around and test it on all sides of the house, in both sun and shadow. Because of the white border the color will be seen accurately and not altered by the adjacent colors. I provide large color samples to my clients so they needn’t purchase paint to test colors but many painting contractors require their clients to approve a sample painted directly on the house before they begin painting, so it’s important to know how to do it properly. Happy painting!
There is a better way than this to test colors!

There is a better way than this to test colors!

Lighten up!

•June 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It’s hard to have a conversation about color without talking about lighting too. If you can’t see them it won’t matter if you have the most lovely colors in your home. In the Pacific Northwest where I live we have a number of low light months in the winter where natural light is minimized and it can create a sense of gloom if not dealt with. The most obvious solution is to have enough of and the right kind of lighting. Overhead lighting such as recessed lights, ceiling lights, chandeliers (a personal favorite) and the like are great for broadcasting  large arcs of light, and table and floor lamps are wonderful for bringing the lighting source down into the room creating a much cozier light and great task lighting, but there are other sources of light you might not have considered that can really help lighten and brighten a space.

Mirrors can really give your lights a boost, and when used strategically can direct light to exactly where it’s needed. I’m not advocating large mirrors like the days when entire walls or large closet doors were mirrored but rather, treated like decorative pieces or even pieces of art. Mirrors reflect back 100% of the light that hits them so it can be like having twice as much light contributing to the space which is not to be underestimated!  They can be used on walls to bounce light back into the room, on tables to bounce light back up or in corners to lighten the darkness they often have. They’re also wonderful for broadcasting light into rooms that have few windows and natural light and can feel like a window in those applications where light is needed. Shiny objects, while not mirrors still reflect light into a space and have the added bonus of being things of beauty to look at. I’ve chosen some examples showing how mirrors have been used to move light where wanted as well as an example showing what a silver tray with glass floats can to do brighten a table and bring some sparkle into the room; enjoy!

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