Podcast, Ep. 178: Picking Paint Colors with Fran Keenan

More than any other topic, we’re constantly getting questions about paint — how to pick it the right one? What are the best colors? Which finish to use? We’re answering all of your questions with today’s guest, interior designer Fran Keenan. We’re big fans of Fran’s work, and she was a guest on episode 83. She’s always picking bold, saturated color in her design work, so we thought she’d be the perfect designer to chat with us about one of the trickiest elements of design, paint. In Part 1 of this two part series, we’re talking about picking colors.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • We talk about why paint she be the last thing you choose in a room
  • Questions you should ask before you pick paint colors like, what is the narrative?
  • Paint is the easiest thing to change
  • Light is a huge factor in how your paint and your furnishings will appear in your room
  • Picking paint when you have a new build
  • Testing samples, how many to test and where to test them
  • Why paint should be the answer to questions about the tempo and vibe of your room
  • What it means for a paint to have ‘age’
  • Should all of your paint colors across your house look good together?
  • How what is outside your room could change the way your paint color looks
  • Why fan decks can be misleading
  • We’ll cover more paint FAQs and more in next week’s episode
  • We talk a lot about ‘nuance’ and what that means in paint

Show Notes:

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Happy Decorating!

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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.