Complimentary Color Consulting
In the Greater South Shore & Boston, MA Area
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Professional Paint Color Consulting Services
Our designer Kate Rafoth helps our customers choose colors that work with their existing furnishings. Kate has an education in interior design and worked as Sherwin Williams’ color expert prior to working with us. She will help you narrow down interior colors that look great with your lighting, and exterior colors that will give your home curb appeal and stand out in your neighborhood.
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Kate Rafoth, our consultant is an educated and trained designer. She has worked as the Sherwin Williams color expert prior to joining our team.. Kate can help you narrow down colors to a few paint choices that will work well with your furnishings.
Colors of the South Shore
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. We also have a blog post about historic house colors in Boston available in our helpful resources section.
Erin helped me choose ‘beachy’ living room colors that worked with my new couch and pillows. We were done in a little under an hour and she even helped me angle my loveseat a bit differently and now the whole room looks better than before - thanks!
- Pat M | Duxbury, MA
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 from the Boston area. Both 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 a scheme you’re not comfortable with, but will help expand your mind to colors you might not have chosen without some 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. Being thrilled with your colors makes all the difference to the final look of your home.
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 just doesn’t see very easily.
What qualifies a color consultant?
Most interior designers naturally have a good eye for color – that is the case with both of 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.
How much does it cost to use a color consultant?
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 $70 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.
Victor was so confident in helping me choose a white for my den - I didn’t want it to look stark, but I was afraid it might look too yellow. We chose a white with warm gray undertones and I love the final look.
- Kira S. | Cohasset, MA
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
Interior and Exterior Paint Color Tips
Here are top exterior and interior painting ideas to keep in mind while you choose a palette for your project.
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.
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.
Exterior colors should meld with the roof color. If you look carefully at your roofing shingles, you’ll see tones of green, gray, beige, or even maroon. Use these undertones to help choose your main exterior color. This is more important than it seems.
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