Ever wondered how a eDesign consultation works? Can you really choose paint colours online? Here’s an inside look of how our eDesign process works and how we can help you with your paint colour dilemma’s from the convenience of home.
Today I’m sharing a simple eDesign consultation for a new open layout wall colour so you can get a sense of what the process looks like.
Interior Design by Maria Killam (another pic of the wall colour we specified)
First, after you purchase your eDesign consultation, you’ll receive an email with the next steps. We will even send you a brief video that outlines our entire process. Then you’ll complete a questionnaire where you’ll provide additional information, such as:
- Preferred paint brand
- Existing paint colours on your walls
- Any hard finishes or furnishings that are being replaced or are staying
- Colour preferences
- Any other helpful information about your home
How to choose paint colours online.
We’ll also ask you to upload an online photo album with photos of your space. We need photos taken in good natural light, without a flash – photos from your phone are perfect! But, most importantly we need you to take photos with a piece of white paper placed somewhere on the hard finishes. This helps us correctly see the neutral undertones and especially how either white, off-white or cream they are.
As you can see in the following photos, this client took great photos so we could see the primary undertones in her hard finishes. This is key to choosing accurate paint colours online.
This eDesign client wanted a new, lighter, overall main neutral wall colour. In her questionnaire, she explained that her existing paint colours felt dingy and dated (below). And, she wasn’t ready to change her kitchen tile or floors, however she did indicate she wanted some guidance on painting her stone fireplace.
Because our eDesign consultations are about getting the colour right, we will explain why are recommendations are best for your individual space, so you can feel confident that everything will come together beautifully as you move forward.
Photos taken for an Open Layout eDesign (Online Colour Design) Consultation
After we received her photos and questionnaire, and evaluated her space, we provided paint colour recommendations in a well-organized PDF that can be viewed online or printed easily.
Here are a few pages from our eDesign paint colour recommendations for this client:
Notice the chip on the screen (above) looks much pinker than what it looks like on the walls in the photo next to it. It will alway look darker on a computer screen or even on the small paint chip in your hand. That’s why we also include a photo of a space with the paint colour we recommend.
She also mentioned that she wanted to paint her fireplace. So we gave her two options to work with our wall colour recommendations, along with some guidance about painting stone:
And here’s the finished room (shown below). The client still hasn’t decided on which treatment she will use for the stone fireplace, but that’s the beauty of this eDesign consultation. When she’s ready, she’s already equipped with a plan that will be cohesive with her new paint colour. Design decisions like these should be made together to keep your space unified.
My client did such a nice job of styling the room! I like how the upholstered pink beige linen ottoman (below right) and the pillows both pick up the wall colour and repeat the blue colour in the room!
You can also see that the new paint colour she chose (Sherwin-Williams Patience) relates nicely to the hard finishes in her bar area (above left).
I specified a similar colour in another interior design project for a client a few years ago:
Interior Design by Maria Killam
Isn’t it amazing how a room will just feel “right” when the colours are properly coordinated?
Rather than ignore or fight with the pink undertones in her finishes, she took our recommendation to paint the walls a very pale and current pink beige, which looks so pretty with all of her blue accents. Hint: Pink beige and blues play very well together.
Getting Colour Right in an Online Colour Design Consultation
Getting colour right online is 95% about choosing the right undertone and only 5% about the how the lighting influences the colour, as you may have noticed in my recent posts, here and here and also in this post about white walls.
Almost any shade of blue will give a fresh look to pink beige hard finishes. My sister is freshening up her kitchen with blue paint and keeping her existing cabinets, which have a glazed pink beige undertone. It looks beautiful so far!
If you’d like help choosing the right paint colour for your open layout home, try this eDesign package here.
To see the rest of our eDesign services go here.
Learn how to choose the right colour and see colour online in my Specify Colour with Confidence events coming up this Fall!
If you have any questions about this process please post a comment below!