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Basic faux finishes tips by Donnalynne Lefever - Selecting a Paint Color
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Hi, I’m Donnalynne Lefever and I’ve been doing faux finishes for a while and I’m here now to help you figure out how to select colors and figuring out which room that you would want to paint in. As a beginner, I highly recommend you to do a room that is sort of out of the way or not seen, so a laundry room is good, a basement, a powder room is good. Don't pick your four major rooms to start if you’ve never done a faux finish before. Don't pick the living room, dining room, foyer or kitchen. You’ll hate yourself. So anyway, what I’m going to do from there is the first thing and the best thing to do is research. So, if you have no clue about color whatsoever, I highly recommend looking at interior magazines. I don't care which ones you look at. If it floats with you, go for it. Then what you want to do is you want to pull out pages, pages that have colors that are appealing to you, colors or finishes that look appealing to you. Something that gives you a feeling of something that is of interest. It may be subtle. It may be dramatic, each one of these I’ve pulled out has either, or like this one has a specific finish or a color combination. This one has a marble stone. It's just anything that will give you a feeling of how a room would look completed in a color, if you have no idea. Then once you started to collect the whole bunch of them. We threw the ones that are your least favorite and then you’ll start to see that usually you have a color preference, which is kind of cool. So, once you’ve got your color preference. I’ve also seen in the magazines that they have the actual choices of color with name brands and colors and this one is actually for this room. So, there are some helps and some chic cheats in the picking out of color. If you’re really, really, really confused, you may need to get a help of an interior designer. Otherwise, you’re more than welcome to go straight to the paint stores. In these areas, some big ones are Benjamin Moore, Pratt & Lambert, Duron, or anybody else. I don't care if you go to Home Depot or wherever. What you want to do is you want to look through the Fan Decks. If there are colors that you particularly do not like, obviously stay away for them. Most Fan Decks just set up in a way that their cleaner more intense colors are at the beginning. They start to get a little dirtier or softer as you go to the middle and then they tend to be a lot more muted or softer towards the end. This one has a historic color section to it and then some of the others—again, you can see how intense you can go to much more muted. You want to just give a look and see which ones. If you get into it and you can't figure out what you want from there, then what you do is you buy quarts or you buy little samples. And that's what you do is you start to put those colors on the walls. What you want to do is you want to put on like a space over that's darker, a space that's lighter. Put it on all four walls in the room. So, that you can see how light will affect it. Once you’ve got that done, now you then have your base color for your finish or if you decide that is, let's say you like this intensity of color right here and but you want your room to be this color. Then I recommend starting with the base coat that's a lot lighter and we’ll mix the glaze darker to get the color that we’re ultimately looking for. So right now, what you’re going to do after this, is you’re going to do then some samples and I would be talking through the samples in the next number of clips and of choices, we’re going to do one color only because it's the simplest way to do it. I do have some shifts of color so you don't get bored with my color choice. But anyway, I think that you’ll get a good sense of that. If you have questions, we can always talk about that or can be worked out at another time. So, I think that's about it for this step.