Thursday, December 27, 2012

The FRESH Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors

All of the Myan Calendar 12-21-12 talk of new beginnings vs. doomsday has sparked an early New Years Resolution attitude in me.  I will continue to expand my knowledge of color and design in 2013.

As a color consultant I provide the guidance and solid recommendations to my clients in choosing interior or exterior colors for their home or business. 

Taking courses online allows me to refresh some knowlege and learn new information that help walk clients through the decision process of choosing colors that make their space personal to them and make design sense and universal appeal where needed.

My latest course on AEC Daily:

The FRESH Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors

The five steps for color placement:
Fixed Features, Regional colors, Environment & surroundings, Style of home, Historic or 'Have to use Colors'

This consultation was a perfect worst case senario.  The brick is orange/terra cotta/black.  The new roof is light gray.  The siding was a beige.  Conflict!  The homeowners and I found a new siding color that makes the two largest fixed features in two different tones and color families work together.  A new focal point front door helps define the entry too.  A happy ending.

 Gray/blue color cast

 Shutters are the darkest color

 Front entry stands out most

Of course I've taken the classes regarding color & light, color foundations, and paint technology, as well as universal design and generation shifts, but to date my favorite and hardest class (read: most hand written notes) is fire stop: fire safe building construction.  Don't be 'that fix it guy'.  Hire a professional builder; let Code inspect before things are sealed up.

I'm looking forward to tackling more of the courses on my 'interest' list.   

Knowledge is power.  The more I can learn and share in some way with my clients, the better.

Happy New Year!