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Published on August 30th, 2015 | by Grant Barnard


Color Consultations – What To Expect

Color consultations can be really helpful or go absolutely nowhere. Sometimes it’s the fault of the color consultant and sometimes the fault of the home owner. Whichever is the case, here are some tips to get the best outcome for your upcoming color consultation.

Two Types Of People Giving Color Consultations

There are generally two types of people that will provide a color consultation.

  • Painter – Painters often offer a color consult as a part of their service. Grants Painting provides color consultations in the Indianapolis and surrounding suburbs.  Generally your painter will be more apt to suggest only stunning colors instead of complicated muted color. This only holds true with some painters. In fact, you should NOT take color advise from inexperienced painters. Experienced painters will be able to choose a good color based on many previously painted jobs just like yours! They know what looks best because they’ve seen similar settings in many different color schemes.
  • Color Consultant – Color consultants generally are referred by painters or sometimes have painters that they refer home owners as well. This will generally be a more involved meeting where more unique color pallets are sometimes accomplished with the open minded home owner. Color consultants generally also choose from many different color sets. i.e. PPG, Sherwin Williams, Valspar, Benjamin Moore, ect… Be wary of the color consultant that only wants to choose a color from a particular brand as they may be pushing a product for kick backs from the paint store AND the painter. However if your color consultant was referred by the painter this does not hold true as the painter may have chosen a brand based on the projects needs and expectation.

Reasonable Expectations Of Your Color Consult

  • Listening – This includes both hearing what you say and also asking the right questions. They must ask you about what you are trying to achieve to be able to help you.
  • Offering several color options and schemes – You should always be presented with options!!! There is never only one color scheme to go with.

Unreasonable Expectations From Your Color Consultant

  • Mind Reading – You cannot expect for anybody, no matter how adept their color skills, to know what you want. Be able to provide this in either picture form, words and other examples.
  • Guarantee – It’s hard to guarantee that you will absolutely love the outcome. However, it is not unreasonable to expect that at least the scheme will work in its setting.

Final Thoughts

The color consultations process is a collaborative process. Both parties have to put their best foot forward to achieve the best results. If the communication breaks down, then the process will be a failure. Neither party should throw away any thoughts or ideas, but should also not be afraid to move to new ones.


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About the Author

Grant Barnard started painting in 2000 and started Grants Painting in 2008. Originally doing business in northern Indiana, the business was moved to Indianapolis and Greenwood shortly after. Today the Grants Painting has blossomed into a reputable painting contracting company with an ever growing extensive website including our How To DIY Articles. Grants Painting covers all aspects of coatings and specialized in epoxy flooring, interior painting, exterior painting and cabinet painting.

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