Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Awesome Color Selection Tools and A Giveaway From Sherwin-Williams

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Remember a long time ago when I redid my office to a guest room too? It turned out so cute and manicured. Well...my office has completely taken over that room, which makes sense since it is never used as a guest room anyway :) When I go up there, I cringe. I went up there to organize some stuff, filled up a box and after ten minutes left the room. It was too overwhelming. My motto is, "If you don't have any care in the world to clean it or keep it clean, it needs to be redecorated." I can tell you this has been true in every case when it comes to my house. The minute I start to realize that I haven't cleaned a room for like months, I redecorate it and then it is kept clean daily. It's amazing.

Since this room has been thrown-up on by my office, I figure it's about to time redo it...again. Even though it's only been two years. So, when Sherwin-Williams asked me to try out some of their color selection tools, I knew my office/guest room would be the perfect project.

This room is sooo beige. Beige walls. Beige headboard. Beige Curtains. Beige carpet. Ugh. It needed some help!

office guest room combo
I cleaned off the bed for you guys to get a better visual ;) You should see the floor! lol

Sherwin-Williams has some awesome tools to use to help in blah cases like mine :) First, my most favorite color selection tool. I see these all the time on Pinterest and wonder how the heck people did it or came up with the colors. It's easy to do!

ChipIt by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

Sherwin-Williams has a tool called Chip It!®
 where you can upload or link to any photo and it will instantly turn that picture into a paint palette using more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors. It's amazing. I uploaded some pictures that I took when I was in San Juan awhile ago and got a perfect color palette for my new room. You can also add the Chip It!®
 bookmark tool onto your browser so if you see an awesome picture you want to use for your inspiration, you can easily match it with paint colors.

You can also edit to bring in more colors that are found in the picture. I love the white (of course) the blues and the yellows...and the greys. Love this color combo.

ChipIt by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

I also tried this picture that I love. I knew it didn't have a lot of color but I really like the picture itself:

ChipIt by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

It pulled more colors than I thought it would. This is actually the color combination that I am more leaning towards except adding a little bit of aqua in it.

From there, I decided to see how it looked in my room...virtually :) It's always nice to see an idea before you spend hours painting. Sherwin-Williams has a tool called the Color Visualizer where you can picture it before you paint it. It will turn your computer into a virtual design studio. Once you decide what you like, you can print it out and bring it to the store to get your paint.  I decided to do just a bit more than painting a wall though; I wanted to get a better idea of accent colors too :) Here's my room before:

Color Visualizer by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

 I tried a few colors from the palette selection above...like SW 7608 Adrift (aquaish grayish blue) on the wall...or SW 7667 Zircon...a beautiful gray. But opted for something more my style, white. SW 7006 Extra White by their Harmony® paint line :) The Harmony® Paint line is zero VOC and perfect with little ones in the house; plus it absorbs other household odors  :). This color is actually available in all Sherwin-Williams product lines too. 

You can paint the walls a few different ways with the Color Visualizer, using either the paint brush tool or the drag and drop. I tried the drag and drop, but since my whole room was practically the same color, it picked up everything I didn't want and only some of what I did.

Color Visualizer by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

 See? White curtains, white headboard, but missing some of the ceiling.

Color Visualizer by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

But, it was easy to fix. Just had to use the eraser tool to get rid of the unwanted areas and the paintbrush tool to finish of the wanted areas.

Color Visualizer by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

Now, white walls are fun and all, but I didn't want to stop there. I need a new headboard for this room. This headboard was actually built for a twin bed, but then when we moved this full size in there, I had to hurry up and figure something out to make the twin headboard fit. So, I added two more planks to each side...which aren't attached..and I didn't even bother shaping them to match the existing headboard. But, I bet you couldn't even tell :) I can though. So, I need a headboard and in a different color. To get an idea of what it would look like using one of the colors in the above color palette, SW 2838 Polished Mahogany, I simply brushed it on the headboard.

Color Visualizer by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

 While I was at it, I 'painted' the pillows and the lamp also to get more of an idea of color scheme. If you really want to get down and dirty and get the exact idea, you can zoom in and paint every little pixel to your heart's desire :) I just needed a general idea...and I love it!

Color Visualizer by Sherwin-Williams via Thrifty and Chic

The best thing about this, is that you can change your mind anytime :) I decided I wanted to see what a nice blue would look like on this wall. I chose SW 6469 Dewy this time around. I guess we'll see which one I decide to actual use!

I can't wait to redecorate this room again. This room has needed a nice bright update for awhile...bright as in not beige :) Stay tuned for the after pictures!!

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