At Colorwheel, we understand that people have different expectations and mindsets about color. They may have vastly different needs too. One person might say “I’m good with anything neutral” and another might spend hours deciding between 3 shades of blue. Ultimately, the goal is simple: make you happy! For this reason, we offer 3 levels of color selection assistance:
When you sign a proposal, our paint color consultants can assist you with basic color selection for your upcoming project (however, please note that whether or not this is included in your pricing or will come as an additional charge will vary, and talking to your project consultant is paramount). That said, the experience of the consultants varies and none have had professional training in color theory. They do not claim to be interior designers or “professional” color consultants. Simply put, each is around the world of color and has a good sense of what works. To begin working in this way, during a home paint consultation, we will ask you to find a few color chips you like. Then we help you see underlying colors, tweak them as needed, and zero in on a good choice. Or sometimes we can offer straight to the point, over the phone/computer help between 1 or 2 colors based on past color choices we know to work. Also, if you really don’t know where to start, Google term variations like “popular paint colors” or “best cabinet paint color” and there are many results.
For those who want a trained paint color consultant for whatever reason, we offer you a referral to them. While these individuals work for Colorwheel during normal working times, they do color consults off the clock. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to pay the artist directly. Colorwheel will not be involved.
At this level, a seasoned artist will meet with you and help you select colors. The time is billable. Again, the person doing the hiring is responsible for paying the artist at the time of the consultation. Typical fees are $125 (for Milwaukee County) PLUS $75 per hour. WOW Counties are typically $150 PLUS $75/hour. Both base rates included up to 1 hour of consult.
Note, each consultant has an impeccable eye for color, color theory training, knows colorants, pigments, and has a great understanding of color coordination and design. The downfall is they are not experts in other materials like window coverings, upholstery, and more. Nor do they have access to buying things (the way real designers do) such as rugs, couches, etc.
For those with exacting taste, and/or a much larger project going on, we give referrals to designers. These designers have serious credentials and excel at providing a completely cohesive design in each room, room after room, through a home. They are experts in bringing it all together, from floor to rug, rug to furniture, furniture to window treatments, art, décor, and more. In fact, many act as personal shoppers, they meet or escort you to stores for furniture and décor assistance. OR they do the shopping and bring the selections to you. As for fee arrangements, they vary from designer to designer, and across project type, so you’ll need to ask the designer directly. They’ll have a fee schedule for you to review.
Upon review of the above, people often worry that Colorwheel or even a professional color consultant might suggest an outrageous color scheme. But remember, professional paint color consultants—at least the good ones—are experts at executing your tastes, not theirs or anyone else’s. You do not have to agree with them. You can override decisions. Remember: It’s all about you. Your dollars. Your home.
Unlike most painting companies in Milwaukee, we buy products that best fit your job. That means we use any and all resources available. We are not beholden to one vendor, and don’t believe any one vendor has a “best product” for every situation. A list of the vendors that we use can be found here https://www.remodelandpaint.com/vendors/
For more information on our color consultation services or to schedule your own home paint consultation with experts from Colorwheel Painting, get in touch with us today!