As a Boston area color consultant, I see a lot of clients who are afflicted with paint chip addiction. Sadly, paint chip addiction is wide spread and it’s not a pretty sight. In fact, before I trained with Maria Killam and became a True Color Expert, I too was hooked on paint chips.

Recently I received a call to preform an intervention for a client who was tired of suffering. The poor woman;  like all addictions it started out innocent enough. She went to the paint store to collect a few paint chips for her family room.  She was drawn to all the pretty colors so she collected dozens of chips. Back home, she couldn’t stop thinking about all the other colors that she didn’t collect so she returned to the store and brought home even more. It was only a matter of a few Saturdays before she was hooked on chips and completely out of control. She collected dozens and dozens of chips in every color, value and intensity from multiple paint vendors. Before long, her family room floor became covered in paint chips.

colorful paint chips

paint chips

She taped dozens of tiny chips to the wall which quickly lead to the second phase of the addiction;  painting color samples on the wall.

paint samples

paint samples

Once multiple colors are on the wall the final and most serious symptoms of the addiction become present; confusion, indecision, and frustration. So this terrible addiction doesn’t happen to you here are three tips to follow when collecting paint chips.

#1. Go to the paint store armed with as many elements from your room as possible. Bring fabric samples, the sofa cushion, your bed spread, art work…the more you can bring, the easier it will be to eliminate colors that won’t work.

#2. Ask for help. The employees are usually very knowledgeable and are there to help. They may not find the perfect color for you but at least they will help you narrow down the thousands of choices to three or four.

#3. Just say no to paint chips. By hiring a professional color consultant (like myself), you completely eliminate the temptation of  paint chip addiction. As a color consultant I arrive armed with large color samples. I will determine your home’s undertones, I will look at color flow, I will ask lots of questions and guide you through the thousands of choices to just the right color for your home.

So if you or someone you know is suffering from paint chip addiction…be a friend and give them my number.

How about you? Are you addicted to paint chips?







Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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