How to Hire a Paint Color Consultant

Choosing colors can be overwhelming. Most any paint display will dazzle you with hundreds of colors and combinations.

Some paint brands like Benjamin Moore have thousands of colors to choose from.

The Benjamin Moore line alone has over 3,600 colors in their paint line. Paint companies have developed marketing tools to help you choose color,  but you’ll quickly discover that placing those colors in your home can result in a new level of confusion. Calling a expert color consultant will help you cut through the confusion and get to your best color plan.

Most people have a lot of questions around hiring a color expert. If you don’t have a personal referral, you might wonder if the person you’re calling is qualified. Hiring a color consultant to choose paint colors for your home can feel like a toss of the dice. You might wonder: Will their sense of taste and style be one I share? Will they boss me around? What if I hate their ideas? Etc.

I’ve heard all of those concerns (and more) from my clients. Here’s my advice:

  1. Do your due diligence and find out about the color consultant’s education and experience.
  2. Call them up and ask them about their process.
  3. Ask to see photos of their projects so you can get an idea of their level of expertise.
  4. Ask for testimonials or references.
  5. Ask them about their pricing and how they estimate the time and cost of the consult.

Remember, anybody can call themselves a color consultant. Just because somebody “loves” color or happens to be standing in a paint store, don’t presume expertise.