By and large, The Decorologist’s Facebook Followers were NOT impressed with the choice. Listen, that color is actually great as an accent color found within fabrics and accessories. But it definitely not a color that translates well to wall color in most situations.
As I tell my clients, not every pretty color in a paint fandeck was intended to be applied all over your interior walls. There are other applications for paint that aren’t interior wall color.
Obviously, everyone doesn’t realize that. Not even the Powers-That-Be at Sherwin-Williams (sorry, guys). When paint companies are choosing their “Color of the Year,“ they should keep in mind that most people think that means “Color of the Year for My Walls.” As a Nashville Color Consultant, I have never specified Argyle as a wall color because it’s too intense and clean to use as a wall color (unless you are talking a child’s room or playroom). Instead, I might use something a bit muddier and grayed down like this:
Believe me, it is plenty bright when it goes up but it doesn’t look screaming green like Argyle does. And I might even choose a color like the one below. Even though you might think the color below would read blue rather than green, I know from experience that it does not. So in a room with blue accents, this would be a great backdrop for that room and it would read GREEN. Color is relative. If you are looking at it next to either of the greens above, the color below looks blue – but it reads green when used in a room with blue fabrics and accessories.
You don’t believe me, do you? Oh, ye of little faith. Try looking at it in relation to the color below:
This is why a paint color you love in someone else’s home may look awful in your home. Color is relative! You have to look at colors in relation to the colors that will be around them in a given setting. And that’s why you need an Interior Decorator who specializes in color – someone who understands which colors are best for wall colors, how colors effect each other, and which colors read current and updated. I’ll be making an announcement next week about a class I’m offering in the Nashville area to help you make the right paint color decisions in your home. Stay tuned for details – class size will be extremely limited!