Picking the Right Paint Color and New Website Reveal!!

Feb 19, 2018

Hi Friends. I hope you all had a wonderful week!  It has been so exciting at Segreto with renovating a warehouse and our showroom and getting a whole new look on our website!!

When you opened the blog this morning you can see it has a whole new look!  Loving her work I asked Jo Neiter with Neiter Creative to help with developing a beautiful new site.  Super creative, spunky and easy to get along with, I felt she and her company was my perfect fit!!  She did not disappoint so….at the end of the post I’ll show you the new website. Getting my picture taken for me is like pulling teeth, but friend and photographer Julie Soefer did a wonderful job with both my photo and my staffs!! Thanks Julie!

Architectural consultant Sarah West- Witmer Designs-  Parkerhouse Builders

As you know Segreto provides finishes on walls, floors ceilings, beams and cabinetry, however, finding the right color palette is where most finish designs begin. Choosing the right paint colors and finishes can be an overwhelming decision.  There are thousands of colors available, each with different tones and intensities, and the perfect combination of paints is so critical to the overall success of the design.  Here are five helpful tips on selecting colors for your own home.

Step 1:  Look through magazines and books to determine your own personal design style. (hehe could be mine).  As you flip through the pages, pay attention to different color combinations of floors, walls, trims and ceilings.  Notice whether the pictures you like have bold contrast or a lack thereof. 

 Triangle Interiors-Goodchild Builders

 Some rooms may have distinct colors that set apart the walls, trim and ceiling……….

Kara Childress Interior Design, Newberry Architecture

………………….. while others may have similar tones and each surface blends effortlessly into the next.  Which look do you prefer?  Do your favorite rooms have strong colors on the walls or in the fabrics, art and accessories instead?

Designer Trisha McGaw- Allan Edwards Builders

Step 2:  Think about which elements in your home are permanent.  Your counters, backsplash, flooring, rugs or fabrics can serve as great starting points to dictate your palette.  In an existing home, the perfect paint color can highlight tones you love in a countertop or rug and downplay less desirable hues in these elements so that they will work in the new design scheme.

Elizabeth Garrett Interiors- Cupic Custom Homes

Step 3:  Make a list of your home’s best and worst architectural features.  The proper paint combinations and finishes will not only enhance the aspects in your home that you love but also disguise your least favorite attributes. For instance, by using the same color as the walls on elements like fur downs, smaller trim pieces, spaces with too many angles, and doors, you can make these unwanted details disappear. 

To emphasize the elements that enhance the room’s design such as furniture-like built-ins, interesting ceiling details, elaborate crown moldings or paneling, choose a contrasting color, sheen or specialty finish.  

Rather than painting smaller rooms a light color, give them a warm and cozy feel with rich, deep tones and……..

……….. let your big rooms expand with lighter hues.

Step 4: Look through your closet! One of the best ways to determine which colors and styles make you feel the most comfortable is to study your own wardrobe.  In what colors do you think you look the best? What are you wearing when you feel the most beautiful?  Do you tend to incorporate pop colors in jewelry and accessories or do you layer different textures in the same color?  Are strong colors worn on a daily basis or just occasionally?  You can apply these same principles to your paint selections.

Step 5: Pick up a color wheel from two of your favorite paint stores.  Lighting has a powerful effect on color so it is important to always choose the final paints in the space.  Armed with your answers and insights from the steps above, you are now ready to select!

Starting with the main parts of the home, pick a color that blends in and uses the tones of all the surfaces.  The background color of fabrics, tiles or counters is generally a safe color direction.  Depending on how much contrast you like, the trim and ceiling hues can come from the same color strip, just lighter or darker than the wall color.  Special cabinetry, interesting ceilings and adjoining rooms are ideal for coordinating or pop colors.

Brooke McGuyer Interior Design

By establishing a particular mood, well-chosen paint colors and finishes form a beautiful backdrop for fabrics, art, furniture and accessories.  Through these five steps, you can develop a palette that showcases your home’s architecture, flatters your own color tones and gives your surroundings an ambiance that makes a house feel like your home.


The new site is easy to use and has some fun interactive ways to see our products and hear all about our company!  It has much more information about finishes and is beautifully done, thanks to Jo and her gal Becky!  I couldn’t be happier with the end result!  If you still have a bit of time- visit the home page, take a look around and let me know what you think!  I do know I had to clear my browser history for it to work properly on my computer.  If you need help with that please email me at

Have a wonderful week!  Till next time.



  • Heather
    Posted at 22:29h, 18 January Reply

    Hi Leslie! Anyway you could tell me the paint colors of the beautiful kitchen above (5th photo by designer Trisha McGraw) or the butler pantry (7th photo). I find those color choices intriguing….

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:47h, 22 January Reply

      Hi Heather! All the cabinets have a glaze on top so the base coats will look different than the finished product. The perimeter cabinets are Base – BM 971. The island is way different than the base as it has two full glazes. I would look at Sw 7018 or 7019. The same with the bar! I hope this was helpful! I appreciate you following along!

  • Rebecca Fecteau
    Posted at 09:57h, 05 August Reply

    Leslie. I bought 3 of your books when I saw you in Roundtop. I love what you do! I am trying to lighten up the beams, darker woodwork, post and cabinets in a house we just purchased. I love all the blue-grey-greens. There is a lot of woodwork. Stripping them is cost prohibitive. Can you suggest techniques to lighten each? Lime wash? Whitewash? It’s overwhelming to me! Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated Thank you

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:39h, 06 August Reply

      Hi Rebecca! You are so sweet– thanks come by and see me this fall–I will be there with book 4. We have had great luck lightening things up without stripping them. We apply a primer wash and glazes on top. It is really impossible to give step by step instructions as each color and each process depends on what is underneath. Look in the beam section of Segreto Vignettes. You also can paint some elements so everything is not stained. It will lighten and brighten the spaces. Choose the elements you would like to stand out and put your finishes on those–Paint the rest. I so hope this helps!! Where ae you from?

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 09:59h, 05 August Reply

    Adding to my comment above::
    We are tearing out the red-black hickory floors and putting in a much much lighter wood

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 13:24h, 28 April Reply

    Hi Leslie:
    I was looking at the island counter top in the 5th photo from the top (photo by designer Trisha McGraw) and wondering if it is cement?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 03:22h, 30 April Reply

      HI Jennifer, It is old stone. They are pretty aren’t they! Hope you have a great day!!

  • Marilyn Mazzeo
    Posted at 17:50h, 15 September Reply

    Your talent and perception is immeasurable, certainly visions of yesterday…today and tomorrow timeless.
    RealAudio enjoyed your posts.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:22h, 16 September Reply

      HI Mariyln, that is so nice of you! I hope you come back to visit many more times!

  • Kristin
    Posted at 13:51h, 23 February Reply

    Beautiful flooring with the gray center island. Could you please share the type of flooring you used. Looks like a type of travertine with chiseled edge.

    Thank you.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:56h, 01 March Reply

      HI Kristin, Unfortunately I don’t have that information. We do the colors and finishes in the spaces. I am sorry I couldn’t be or more help. Have a great day!

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