Hiring A Color Specialist!

Home Stager with Abella Home Staging & Redesign

Hiring a color specialist? If you were remodeling your home, or building a new one, you would hire professionals to get the job done. But would you hire a color specialist? No? Why not? As a color specialist, and stager of Abella Home Staging & Redesign, I'm amazed at how many people do not hire a color specialist!! These professionals can create color schemes. They can save you money! Let's face it, making mistakes can cost you plenty!! Color consultants know future trends. So, where do you find one and what do you look for in a color consultant?


  1. Check out reputable sources. Not all consultants have formal training but they should have completed a certification. Check out you local paint stores, American Society of Interior Designers, or search the website. Then check out their credentials.
Benjamin Moore Office in New Jersey
     2.   Have a color preference in mind before the meeting. This will help the color consultant have some idea of 
          what you like. Do you like warm colors or cool? What colors don't you like? The color consultant can help you put 
          it all together and create combinations that you never though of!
Color class at Benjamin Moore, New Jersey
     3.   Set up a consultation. They will most likely come to your home and get some ideas. They will take notes of your 
           floor plan and ask about your desires! The best time for a color consultation is during the day when natural light 
           will have an impact on color.
Benjamin Moore New Jersey
    4.    Time and money. Make sure you budget time and money for the consultation. Most color specialist charge 
           between $75 to 200 per hour. Well worth the cost when you consider what it would cost to "fix" a problem!!
         5.   Be open to suggestions. After all you did hire an expert!! Listen to what they have to say. And don't be
               afraid to step outside your comfort zone. You may be pleasantly surprised!!

Comments (4)

Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Carmela ~ your post has good advice for consumers who may need some help when trying to select paint colors.  Most people don't really know that there are home stagers and color consultants ready to help them!

Aug 13, 2012 03:30 PM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Maureen, I know! Especially on Long Island. They don't even kno what a home stager is!!

Aug 14, 2012 12:59 AM
Pam Smits
Staging Fox Valley, LLC - Oshkosh, WI
Home Staging, Appleton, WI, Oshkosh, WI; Green Bay, WI

Carmela--I agree--Hiring a pro really does take the guesswork out of color and is the easiest done before paint is purchased!

Aug 16, 2012 12:22 AM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Pam hiring a pro is not only smart but it will save you time trying to figure out what colors to use. Many times i've gone into clients homes and have seen many different colors on the wall while they are trying to decide!! Sometimes it's been ther for days!!

Aug 16, 2012 01:33 AM