Debbie Zimmer, Spokeswoman For Paint Quality Institute Shares Her Expert Advice On Choosing Paint Colors

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Thank goodness paint is still an affordable addiction. About 650 million gallons were sold in this country last year, according to Debbie Zimmer, spokeswoman for the Paint Quality Institute.

Zimmer asks, “What else can you do in a weekend that will change your look for about the same cost as going out to a nice dinner?”

Jean Molesworth Kee, an architectural color consultant and author of the blog, answers question about about how to pick the right paint colors.

Question: What colors do you think would go well with bathroom tiles that are the color of Benjamin Moore’s Elmira White? I’m looking to make my bathroom feel like a serene oasis.

Answer: Sounds like the tiles are a soft neutral. You have many options, but I just love soft watery blues and greens for a bathroom.

Take a look at Sherwin-Williams’ Sea Salt or Quietude and Benjamin Moore’s Gray Wisp (a close match to Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage), Green Tint or Gray Cashmere.

Q: The painters are about to begin painting my soon-to-arrive baby’s nursery. Do I need to ask them to use low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint or some other kind of special paint? We are using Benjamin Moore’s White Dove on the trim and a custom color on the walls. I still have two months before the baby arrives. If I use regular paint, will the fumes have dissipated by then?

A: Most major paint brands are low-VOC these days. There is little difference between low- and zero-VOC. I would look at Benjamin Moore’s Natura line. And yes, the fumes will have dissipated by then.

Q: I have a cathedral ceiling in our large master bedroom, which is painted the same cream color as the walls and trim (crown molding). I’d like to paint the walls a pale blue-lavender, which I find serene and attractive. In doing so, I’m thinking of keeping the trim about the same color (maybe a little whiter?), but don’t know what to do about the ceiling.

A: In bedrooms, I often like to create a sense of quiet envelopment. Painting the walls the same color as a ceiling gives the space a cocoon-like feeling. Sometimes by painting the ceiling white, the eye is actually drawn down to that line of contrast where ceiling meets wall. You should be fine going white on the ceiling and trim, but keep the wall color fairly pale to avoid that contrast.

Q: What is that color that looks like putty? It is commonly used on older French painted furniture and has some gray and maybe some green in it. Thanks!

A: “Putty”– one of my favorite, murky complex colors. So many colors look great against it (white, coral, etc) Take a look at Farrow & Ball’s French Gray or Benjamin Moore’s Clarksville Gray or Horizon Gray.

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Original Article by Jura Koncius – The Washington Post