Podcast, Ep. 179: Picking Paint with Fran Keenan, Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of “Picking Paint Colors” with interior designer Fran Keenan.  If you missed Part 1, take a listen to episode 178.  Today we talk all about exterior paint colors as well as a word we used a lot in Part 1—nuance!  We also cover more of your FAQ’s all about paint including at what point in the design process to decide upon your paint color, how to make sure your bold wall doesn’t look cheap, and some expert tips in choosing specific paint brands and colors.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Why picking an exterior paint color is a much bigger decision than interior
  • Should you paint brick? 
  • How to choose front door colors
  • Tips for choosing specific paint brands and colors
  • What Fran loves about Farrow & Ball paints
  • Fran breaks down her favorites within paint decks in several different brands
  • Why paint should be the very last thing in your design
  • What should trim color for white walls be?
  • Can the front and back of interior doors be painted different colors?
  • Should outlet covers be painted the same or different color?
  • How to make sure a bold wall color doesn’t look cheap and/or depressing?
  • Paint ideas for coffered ceilings
  • If you are doing DIY, should you use a roller, a brush or a spray?

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    March 22, 2021

    Hi Ladies,
    I wanted to give you some feedback on a show I just listened to again, I often listen to my favs more than once. Karen asked Fran Keenan where people get their hands on a paint brand fan deck. I have purchased them from the paint store,
    just ask if they sell them…most do.

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      Caroline McDonald

      March 22, 2021

      Great tip! I didn’t realize they sell them at the paint store, but duh! Seems like a no brainer. Thanks for taking the time to comment!