For the month of August we thought it could be fun to do a couple Ask The Expert segments in which we could reach out to some of our fabulous local gurus with some of the questions that we hear a lot from clients to get the benefit of their sage advice.

What brought you to Sherwin Williams?

After graduating with a degree in Interior Design and practicing during the economic crash of 2008, I decided to go back to school to earn a second degree in Political Science. While studying at Towson University, I was introduced to Sherwin Williams as a new career start. After interviewing with the company and learning about a position based in Designer Marketing, it seemed like a perfect fit. This position allows me to stay active in the Design process and help Designers get the right tools and specify the correct product. It truly is a win win in my book.

What is the one mistake you most see people make when selecting paint colors?

Choosing the paint color first! As this seems logical to most, it's important to remember that there are thousands of paint colors. If you box yourself in with a specific color way you are limiting the amount of textiles you can choose from. I always suggest choosing your paint color last, as it's the easiest piece of a design to tweak. The next biggest mistake I see is when the client does not take the right product into consideration for long lasting color and beauty!

What are some good rules of thumb for choosing the right paint sheen?

You must focus on the needs of the space. Is it touch up, hiding imperfections, durability? A flat paint touches up the best and hides more imperfections, but traditionally isn't as durable, until the launch of our Emerald and Duration coatings that offer a true washable flat. The beauty of using those products is that you no longer need to compromise finish for durability. It all comes down to the amount of light you want to reflect back into the space. .

If you want something super durable that you can scrub and clean, you want to go with a semi gloss. If you want a little durability without all that sheen, stay with a satin.

The shinier a sheen the more light it will reflect. So, if you have a space that needs more light, take the sheen up a bit higher. If you want to soften a space go the opposite direction and use a lower sheen.

What are your top three tips/pointers for someone who is considering embarking on a painting project?

1. Find inspiration first. This can be anything! Food, Travel, Family, or even a space you've seen before.

2. Always look at samples in your specific lighting. It's important to know that the amount of light in a space, direction of the home, and type of lighting can all have an impact on how color reads. Don't assume that something will look the same in your space as it does in the store or in a magazine. Get a sample and try it out!

3. Get a professional when you need one. I've seen so many people start a large project on their own without knowing codes, rules, or regulations. If its more than surface level, I always recommend reaching out to a professional like Laura and her team. By getting them involved early in a project, you will absolutely save time and money.

What trends are you seeing in paint right now?

1. Personalization. Instead of spaces all looking the same, we are seeing each person adding their own touch to a space. What's cozy to me in the DC area may be neutrals and whites, but what's cozy in the mid west could be more terracotta. There are no "rules" to live by, make your space special to YOU.

2. Bold. Boldness is coming back as a contrast to the minimalism we've seen for a few years now. We are seeing fun patterns, and bolder colors being used.

3. Ethically Sourced Materials. As consumers, we care more about where the products we use come from, who makes them, and what is in them. Brands are being more transparent as we move into 2020.

What are your three favorite Sherwin Williams colors at the moment?

Peppercorn (SW7674), Sea Salt (SW6204), In the Navy (SW9178)

Swipe to check out each of Amanda's favorite colors in the same room and see how the character of the space changes along with the paint selection (Courtesy of the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap Visualizer)!

Make sure to check out the Fox Finds shop for some new additions based on Amanda's favorite Sherwin Williams paint colors!

Thanks to Amanda for taking the time to chat with us and share her paint prowess with us and don't forget to spec Sherwin Williams for your next painting project!

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