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Paintshop: Selecting Paint Colors Using Online Chip Catalogs

Shopping for the best paint color for a surface or area is only a CLICK away. Via the internet, you can search any major or specialty paint manufacturer’s website.


And, you can access their complete color chip catalog, including each color’s name and product number.


Usually, the paint chips will be organized by color family. Also, they will be categorized by certain criteria.


  1. Surface – interior or exterior.
  2. Substrate – e.g. wood, masonry. Metal.
  3. Paint sheen/finish – e.g. flat/matte, eggshell , satin, semi-gloss, gloss, high-gloss.
  4. Paint type – e.g. latex, oil-base, acrylic latex, primer/finish duo.
  5. Environment/climate – eg. dry, wet, humid/tropic, cold.
  6. Unique features.
  7. Paint quality – e.g. good, superior, premium, heavy duty.


October and November tend to be the ideal time to CLICK on a paint manufacturer’s site for news about the new colors for the next year. Each color and each color combination will be shown in appropriate product-color-surface applications. By room or area.


EXAMPLE: Sherwin-Williams “Poised Taupe SW 6039.”


  1. Living room setting: The color may be shown on an accent wall.
  2. Dining room: Color may be used on the upper part of a dado wall, or old wooden chairs.
  3. Entertainment room: Color may be applied in alternate vertical stripes on a wall.
  4. Master bedroom suite: Color may be used on a recessed wall or alcove.
  5. House masonry exterior: Color may be used as predominant color, or trim color.


For real excitement, try the virtual, or 3-D visualization, capability available on most paint manufacturer’s sites.


  1. CLICK on the chip of color you are considering.
  2. CLICK on the type of room or area in which you want to use the color.
  3. See how the color might actually look.
  4. See how your chosen paint color might be combined with other colors for total effect.
  5. See how your color might look in rooms of different styles or with decor – eg. traditional, provincial, contemporary, eclectic.
  6. See how your color might look under different light exposures – eg. full sun, partial sun, partial shade, or full shade room or wall.


In my opinion: Nothing beats the visit to the paint store to find the exact color that you need.


Still, shopping online first can save a lot of time and money. And, when the color needs to be approved by someone else, a few strategic CLICKS and PRINTs in color can save you a lot  of grief – and repainting – later on.



Chip away at correct color selection by first CLICKing on paint chips.


Many thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painting It: Accent Colors Change Appearance and Enhance Amenities

Every four years, a small chain of London area boutique hotels changes its color on the accent wall in each guest room. The owners believe that their clientele, largely repeat visitors, appreciate this gesture.


“They like the uplift,” emailed the company’s senior painter. “We are careful to select a color that is just coming into vogue.”


For 2017, the hotels’ owners have authorized their (three) staff painters to also apply the new accent color to the vanity alcove and nearby walk-in closet in each room. “This blends the different areas together…” the painter added.


The guest reviews have been very positive. Examples: “Lovely effect when entering bath area.”  “Most inviting color unity.”  “Pleasant add-on.”  “Delightful change.”


The senior painter ended his e-mail by saying, “I recommend the accent wall for any room or area. It enhances appearance and updates the décor at minimal cost…”





  1. It changes the overall appearance of the specific area, and entire room.
  2. It changes the overall “feel” of the room.
  3. It freshens the overall look of the entire room or suite.
  4. It enhances the benefits of the standard amenities in the room or area.
  5. It upgrades the overall design of the room or suite.
  6. It updates the color scheme in the room or suite.
  7. It expands the standard color scheme’s customer/guest appeal.
  8. It expands the area’s marketability.
  9. It offers positive visual change at a marginal cost.
  10. It offers a way to use up premium paint in colors no longer a part of color scheme.





  1. Reverse the “apply accent color to the wall” rule. Apply the accent color to the trim, doors and frames, and window sills located on one wall.
  2. Spray paint the ceiling in the new accent color.
  3. Use accent color to faux finish a 3-inch border around the parameter of the ceiling.
  4. Create a vertical stripe effect by alternatively painting the accent color every 2 or 3 inches over the wall’s existing color.
  5. Create a drop ceiling effect by applying accent color in a 3 inch border around ceiling, then down 3 inches at the top of all four walls.
  6. Paint accent color on the worst-condition wall and/or trim surfaces in a room.
  7. Paint accent color adjacent to the surface in the worst condition – eg. dents, poorly matched to touch-ups, gouges, minor water damage.
  8. Hardwood and/or tile floors? Paint “pathway” from inside entry doorway all the way to the bathroom’s tub area. Note: A clear over coat may be advisable.
  9. Create draped canopy effect on bed wall by painting accent color in alternate space, from marked vertical center.
  10. Paint 3-inch block border around one wall in room, painting alternate blocks in accent color.


You get the picture. When it comes to applying accent paint colors, your options are wide open!



Thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painting Them: Colors in Amish Homes

Normally, the interiors of Amish homes are painted in plain, muted colors. Examples: Eggshell white, light grey, pale blue, mint green.


They are decorated in equally plain and simple lines, colors and patterns. Every element is meant to uphold the Ordnung of that community. The written and unwritten rules, and beliefs, of the Amish faith.


One room may be the exception: the kitchen. There, you may find walls painted in cheerful, pastel yellow, green or blue. Even pastel violet or lilac.


Sarah Ann’s kitchen in Indiana is painted a pastel Baby Pink. So was the same kitchen, when it belonged to her mother, Anna. Before then, her mother. My grandmother’s second cousin.


The same soft pink covered the kitchen and pantry walls even before then. When the huge farm house belonged to her mother. My great-grandmother’s first cousin.


Four generations of pink on the walls of the same Amish family’s kitchen.


The kitchen in Sarah Ann’s winter home at Pinecraft, Florida, is painted the same pastel Baby Pink. The other rooms – living, dining, two bedrooms, bathroom, and enclosed sun porch – are painted a light, flat latex grey.


Over a cup of hot “sweet tea” (made by steeping dried peppermint leaves), and huge lemon cookies, she told me a “not-so-secret” truth.


“If I could get away with it, I’d have my little cottage’s every room and outside, too, painted in the same tender pink.” A playful grin sweeping across the woman’s peach-smooth, round face.


According to plan, 85-year-old Sarah Ann accepted the offer of a fresh coat of paint on the outside of her cottage. White exterior acrylic latex. On the frame and trim, also porch rails.


Still, inside that airy and “homey” place…


In every room, beyond the kitchen, one or more items picked up that same pastel Baby Pinks.


* Handwoven rag area rugs in pale lt. green, medium forest green, cream, light pink, blue-grey.

* Throw pillows and armrest covers in shades of green, edged in pink piping.

* Crocheted doilies and dresser scarves in white, edged in pink.

* Bathroom hand towels and “wash cloths” in pale pink.

* Bed pillowcases embroidered in dainty pink daisies, with light green stems and leaves.

* Traditional dark green window shades, with knitted pull chords in Baby Pink.

* Oilcloth tablecloth in pink and white checks, with bright yellow daisies.


True, times have changed for many Amish orders. Their Ordnung rules have bent a little in a few areas. 


Such flexibility encourages the rumschpringe* generation to choose baptism eventually, and to stay in the community. * (Also spelled rumshpringe, rumschpringa, or rumspringa, it refers to the “running-around period,” when a teen turns 16 to age 20 or 21).


The distant relative told me about one area. “They allow a little larger choice in plain colors in clothing.” Also in the homes, as I noticed in Pinecraft.


“There’s less grey in those dye vats,” Sarah Ann joked. “Yah! For certain sure.”


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What colorful clues live in the “modern-day” branches of your family tree?

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A big, big THANK YOU for visiting “Painting with Bob.”


Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.




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