Priming Yourself to Paint: How to Sample Paint Colors

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

You’ve been meaning to spruce up a space in your home and have decided that a fresh coat of paint is the best way to go about it. You look at some paint chips, choose your perfect color, and then throw it up on the walls. Only problem? That green you loved so much is now looking pretty grey. It’s not the color you picked at all!

This is a common problem that has a simple solution.

In order to make sure you know exactly how the your selection will look when up on your walls, follow these steps:

Option #1

  • Prime a section of your walls and allow it to dry
  • Do not used pre-primed paint, as it does not give the best effect while sampling
  • Paint first coat of paint and allow it to dry.
  • Paint second coat of paint and allow it to dry
  • Don’t look at paint while wet! It will dry to a different color.

 Option #2

  • Paint your selection around the edges of a white piece of foam core board
  • Hold the board up to the wall and see how the paint looks in the space!

*If you are planning on having your selection matched by another brand (ex. having Behr match a Benjamin Moore paint you like), remember to always use the original brand of paint when sampling!

See the picture below for a better idea of how unprimed walls can completely alter the look of your paint choices.

The samples on the wall look blue. The samples on the white boards are the true colors: grey! Sampling on clean, white board will show you the true appearance of your paint choice.

The samples on the wall look blue. The samples on the white boards are the true colors: grey! Sampling on clean, white board will show you the true appearance
of your paint choice.

We know these steps will help you breath new, refreshing life into your home through some beautiful coats of paint! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or want to share your results from following these tips!



Alicia Friedmann Interior Design, LLC


Bad Paints & Wrong Rugs: You Need An Interior Designer, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

Do you need an interior designer, but you just haven’t realized it yet? Check out the list below. If you find yourself experiencing one or more of the below problems—you might just need an interior designer.

  • You’re buying furniture that doesn’t fit: Ever been in the market for a new sofa? Did you eyeball the couch at the store and just say, “Yeah, that should fit,” only to get it home and find it’s too long by two feet? If this is a painfully familiar memory, you may need an interior designer. A designer will take precise measurements of your space and will draw up different layouts so that you can visualize furniture placement, sizes, and flow spaces. As well, designers can shop for these pieces for you, ensuring that they will work in proportion and harmony with the other pieces you will soon be buying. With a designer, you never have to worry about squeezing behind dining room chairs or stubbing your toe on oversized coffee tables.
  • You’re stuck on a remodel: You’ve started a massive, top-to-bottom remodel of your home—the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, patio, even the laundry room and that man cave in the basement. And then all of a sudden, you’re stuck. The tiles you chose just aren’t working with the cabinets; the paint just doesn’t look like the right shade of green on your walls. This is where a designer will be your lifesaver. He or she can identify stumbling blocks, streamline your process, and make your home function as a cohesive whole. Remodeling a home can be hard—your designer is here to help.
  • You can’t decide on paint colors: Arguably, one of the most difficult parts of renovations can be choosing paint colors. There are just so many! Luckily for you, your designer is a master of all things on a paint fan, leading you through the world of hues and shades with a keen eye so you can arrive at a perfect combination of specific colors for your home.
  • You need some couples mediation: We hear it all the time: “Happy wife, happy life”. We know remodels aren’t always easy. Maybe you and your significant other have spent hours deciding and disagreeing for days and weeks over your favorite backsplash, but months later, you still haven’t reached a decision. Thankfully, your interior designer can help you compromise and reach decisions together with ease. Having a third party with expertise in design will bring you to a happy medium and save you a lot of domestic headaches.
  • You just need some advice: Maybe you actually have an eye for design! You know what colors you like and what wallpapers will mesh with that dream couch that you’ve had your eye on. But, still, you’re a little unsure and need an expert to give you that extra level of confidence in your choices. Hiring a designer can lend you the confirmation (or even change in perspective) about the materials and pieces you’re choosing to install! Having a second opinion from your designer will give you peace of mind and, also, set you up with a contact that you can consult in the future should you have any more questions about what works in your home and what does not.


Alicia Friedmann Interior Design, LLC

(562) 455-0049

Hiring Your First Designer

If you’ve never hired an interior designer, you probably have a few questions about how the entire process works. What do I need? Should I have an idea of everything that I want? Is my designer going to walk into my house and laugh at me?

Well, before you overwhelm yourself with questions, we’d like to help you out! We’ve compiled a list of the most important things to know going into an initial consultation with your interior designer. If you follow these tips, you’ll be ready for your designer to guide you through the steps of having the house of your dreams!

  • Know what you plan on using your space for: In every home, function is just important as form. You want to redo your living room but do you want to keep it a living room? Do you want to convert part of it into an office? Or do you want a place for the kids to play with their Legos and crayons? Knowing this kind of information can help your designer make the most of your space and optimize every square inch of your home, right down to how many chairs you’ll need and exactly where they need to be placed.

Having an idea of what your want to use your space for will optimize the layout potential presented by your designer.

  • Have a budget: We know—budgets are scary. Really scary! But if you’re serious about rehabbing your home and making it your personal sanctum—or your no-holds-barred party space!—having a budget in mind before you meet your designer will do one of two things. The first is that it will help your designer understand the bounds within which they can shop for you, bringing beauty into your home for a price that you’re comfortable with. Second, it will help you set a price range for you to follow throughout the process, so you can establish peace of mind for yourself from the very beginning. Budgets can be scary but when they’re going towards a home renovation, they’re just one small step to getting the perfect space you’ve always dreamed of.
  • Think of what style you like: Now, we understand this can be trickier. You might say, “Well, you’re the designer! Can’t you choose what I like?” While we could certainly dream up the most stunning, contemporary-looking home, if you’re more of a wrought-iron and velvet person and we put minimalist furniture and modern art on the wall— to say you would be less than content would probably be an understatement. So, be ready to tell your designer what kind of styles and looks make your heart flutter. Printing out pictures of rooms you enjoy, cutting out magazine pages, or even creating an Ideabook on are all things you can do to help your designer get an idea of what your taste leans towards. It’s your dream house—your designer is there to bring your vision to life!
  • Make sure you’re prepared: A lot of time and energy can go into renovating a house. Unlike those episodes of HGTV, the work on your home can’t be completed in hour-long blocks (although we wish that were the case!). Before you start a project with your designer (and eventually your contractors), make sure you’re prepared for the job. That means understanding that your home will be dusty, that there might be considerable noise pollution, and that it will take longer than just one day to get the dream fireplace you’ve always wanted! Don’t feel daunted though—if you’re prepared for the process of renovating your home, the actual process itself will seem like a breeze!

Renovations can be hard, but they’re worth it!

While all of this might seem like a lot to absorb, they’re necessary steps for being prepared to hire a designer for the first time. Following the above points, you will certainly help your interior designer easily draw up the best plans for your home, giving you the magazine-perfect master bedroom, living room, or kitchen that you’ve always envisioned!


Alicia Friedmann Interior Design, LLC

(562) 455-0049