Complimentary Color Consulting

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On-Site Color Consultation

Our designer, Kate Rafoth, helps you choose colors that work with your existing furnishings. Kate has an education in interior design and worked as Sherwin Williams’ color expert prior to working with us.

Help choosing interior and exterior paint colors.

Help choosing interior and exterior paint colors.

Our designer Kate works with you to choose colors for both your interior and exterior with a focus on making sure the whole house feels cohesive.

Complimentary color consultation with our designer Kate.

Complimentary color consultation with our designer Kate.

Kate Rafoth is a trained and educated designer who was the color expert at Sherwin Williams prior to working for us. Working with her is free with every project and is time well spent to get your paint colors ones that make you feel great every time you look at them.

Historic Colors of New England & the South Shore – our exclusive paint fan-deck in collaboration with Sherwin Williams

A palette of the historic colors that define the South Shore and Boston areas.

We worked directly with Sherwin Williams on this fan deck that specifically highlights the historic colors that are seen throughout the South Shore and Boston areas. Use these colors as a starting point if you’d like your home to feel like it “fits” in our area. Authenticity is important to our Clients who live in historic homes and we have lots of experience and resources to help choose authentic historic colors.

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"Kate helped me choose colors for both my exterior and interior. What's funny is that all of the colors are ones I was considering already, but Kate helped me tweak them to be a little bit darker and gave me the confidence to make the final decision."

- Leah G. | Duxbury, MA

Leah G. | Duxbury, MA

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About Color Consulting

Here are some frequently asked questions about using our color consultant to help you choose both interior and exterior colors for your home.

What is a color consultant?

Our consultants work as a color specialist in the paint industry or as a designer. Our designers can help you narrow down colors to a few paint choices that will work well with your furnishings. They will never push you into colors you’re not comfortable with, but will help expand your options to colors you might not have chosen without guidance.

Why use a color consultant?

We find that lots of our customers get stuck choosing a color and can’t move forward. This is why A full 20% of our customers take advantage of our free color consultant. You’ll be living with your paint colors for years, so being thrilled with them makes all the difference to us.

What could go wrong if I choose colors myself?

Average people without design experience tend to choose colors that look very light on the color samples they get at the paint store but appear much darker or brighter when they are painted in a whole room. That “baby pink” from the sample chip can end up looking more like “bubblegum” when painted on all four walls.

Neutral colors are tough to get right too. Whites have undertones that are hard to read on the small paint chips. Pick the wrong white and the walls can look dirty or yellow. Color Consultants are trained to see the color nuances in whites and neutrals that the average person has trouble seeing.

What qualifies a color consultant?

Most interior designers naturally have a good eye for color – that is the case with the designers we use at CertaPro Painters of the South Shore/Boston. When we were interviewing candidates, it was super important to us that the consultant had a demeanor that was open-minded and low-key – we didn’t want the consultant to push their own taste onto our customers, but rather work with our customers’ tastes to choose the best palette for them.

How much does it cost to use a color consultant?color samples

Free, if you’re a customer of CertaPro Painters of the South Shore/Boston.

If you’re not our customer, check Google for local designers on the South Shore and Boston area – usually you’ll find someone who can squeeze you in for an hour or two for about $90 per hour.

How can I visualize what the colors might look like?

Have your Color Consultant order 8” x 8” paint samples from the major paint companies. Better yet, order 4 of each color and tape up 16” x 16” squares of colors.

In fact, if you want us to order you large Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore paint samples (for free!) just email us at [email protected] and we’ll have them mailed to you. Just let us know what colors. This is a free service we offer to anyone – even do-it-yourselfers.

Is there any rule of thumb when choosing new paint colors?

The most important thing is how a color makes you feel.  Our color consultant Kate will have Clients choose ten colors they like from a fan deck and then ask them to use words to describe how each color makes them feel.  This is a simple way to eliminate colors and have others rise to the top of the list.

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"Having Kate to help me choose a navy blue paint color for my beige home has made all the difference in how I feel when I drive in the driveway."

- Jeanne M. | Canton, MA

Jeanne M. | Canton, MA

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Color Rendering Creation

We can create a color rendering packet that has samples of color options and pictures of what your house would look like with those colors

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Exterior Paint Color Tips and Trends

Drive through various neighborhoods and take note of appealing exterior paint color schemes and adaptability to your own home. For example, driving down Main Street in Hingham or Washington Street in Duxbury will give you a wide palette of historic New England colors.

Define the entry. Use your front door paint color as a “Welcome” sign to your home. Typically your front door should be very visible in contrast with the rest of your home, so visitors know where to enter.

Most importantly: Exterior colors should always coordinate with your roof color. If you look carefully at your roofing shingles, you’ll see tones and flecks of green, gray, beige, and even maroon. Use your roof’s undertones to help choose your main exterior color. This is more important than it may seems.

Interior Paint Color Tips and Trends

Determine the mood you want to create with the room. Warmer tones are friendly and inviting. Cooler tones create calm and relaxing spaces.

Think about ‘flow’ and how the colors of neighboring rooms will work together. Very dark to very light transitions, or transitions from rooms with highly contrasting colors can either be jarring or invigorating. Open floor plans can be tricky, but our designer can help you choose colors that work together and don’t look choppy.

Keeping the trim all one color provides continuity as you move from room to room. Stark white in a semi- or full-gloss creates a very formal look.

Check out the most popular colors we’re painting right now – we update this color list every 6 months with the most popular paint colors we’re using right here in the Boston-area.


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