I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share this post with you. I love finding new little tricks and programs that help ease through the creative process, and Sherwin-Williams’ Chip It! is one of them.
Lately I’ve been looking to inject a little color into my home, but wasn’t sure in what direction I should go. I knew I wanted to paint this dark, weighty bookcase to lighten up a drab corner of my house – it’s a nice piece, but not helping my situation. From there, I needed a little help.
I started with what I have: a lot of chunky woven textures, and a very neutral palette. That immediately brought to mind the work of New Friends – a collaboration between Alexandra Segreti of Weird Friends and Kelly Rakowski of Nothing Is New. Together they create graphic weavings that are true works of art.
I scrolled down their website and came across this piece:
Bingo – it perfectly captured where I wanted to go. The palette had the same tans, grays and whites that already exist in my interior, but with a pop of bright pink that would bring a little life into the room.
From there, it was a piece of cake: I uploaded the image to Chip It!, which matched the colors in the photo to Sherwin-Williams paints. Chip It! suggested 10 colors from the photo, which I then dragged and dropped to create a 5-color Chip Card. There’s even an option to tag your Chip Card, if you’re an organization nut like me.
You can then print your Chip Card to bring to your local Sherwin-Williams, but I just accessed the Chip It! website from my smartphone while I was at the store. The Sherwin-Williams staff was unbelievably helpful and even assisted me in choosing the right paint finishes and supplies: eggshell for the base coat, high-gloss to make the pink really stand out, and semi-gloss for the rest.
Once I was home, I started by painting the entire bookcase in a base coat of Extra White (SW 7006). I then taped off and painted small sections with the remaining colors until I felt it was evocative of the New Friends work I used as inspiration.