A client called us recently in a panic, ‘Please ask your painters to stop. I don’t know if I can live with this color.’ The color was a soft blue/gray, not bright or dark. But way out of her comfort zone. She had painstakingly chosen this color, applying several samples to the walls, systematically eliminating different shades over time and finally deciding on the one we were painting. We understood her concern. We’ve been through this before.

The paint was wet, the floors were covered with drops, and the built-in in cabinetry was covered in plastic. Nothing else that would be in the room was present. The light fixtures were covered, and our portable bright lights were illuminating the area. Once the flooring was uncovered, the drapes were hung, and the furniture and decorative items were back in place, our client forgot she questioned the color and remembered why she initially chose the color - it complemented her upholstery perfectly.

If you find yourself in this position, don’t be alarmed. Wait. Trust your gut. You initially chose this color, probably because you liked it and felt it would work. Keep in mind you aren’t looking at your completed room. The walls are the backdrop to all those other elements that comprise each area. If you still aren’t comfortable with the look once everything is back together, try revamping the lighting. Change your bulbs to one of the newer types of ‘revealing’ bulbs. They truly provide a cleaner light. Rearrange lamps and add lighting in corners. Different lighting can make a world of difference.