Pick the Perfect Paint Color

Painter man at work with a roller, bucket and scale.

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth – the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

Take-Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch-ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want to be painted.

Paul Layne’s 500 Games of SMU Football


Paul Layne’s 500 Games of SMU Football


There’s nothing that will stop Paul Layne from attending a Southern Methodist University football game short of being sick — and when that happened, he still attended.


Layne’s diehard dedication to his alma mater’s football team was recently honored by the school with his own jersey and commemorative football marking his 500th consecutive attendance before the game against Houston Baptist. It was an accomplishment 46 years in the making.


“They introduced me down on the field, and to my surprise they gave me an SMU jersey, a blue one like they wear in the games. I may frame it and put it in my home office,” said Layne of the Layne-Rothwell Group in the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Intown office. “I was also interviewed on the radio at the start of the second half.”


His amazing achievement and dedication are highlighted by the press and SMU during landmark years and games. This year was particularly special and garnered him attention from Fox 4’s Good Day morning show, a selection of radio interviews and a spotlight from ESPN.


Layne’s legendary love of SMU football began when he was a child, his parents toting him along to games starting at 2 years old.


As an SMU student, he was writing about the games as a student reporter but was so excited in the press box that his editor suggested he be a cheerleader instead. That cemented his dedication, and he attended every home and away game, even after he graduated.


When he realized he had a streak going, he doubled down on his efforts, doing his best to attend even when he was sick.


Paul Layne’s 500 Games of SMU Football


“The one story people like hearing the most is the time I came close to missing a game,” Layne recalled. “I was 41, and I came down with chicken pox. I looked on the schedule and saw, luckily, we had a home game. It happened to be Halloween, so I sat on the upper deck of the Cotton Bowl by myself and dressed as a scarecrow.”


His real estate partner, Trina Rothwell, said his love of SMU football is so infectious that she’s also gone above and beyond to make sure Layne doesn’t miss a game.


About five years ago, both of them were indisposed — Rothwell with a thrown out back and Layne with a bad reaction to antibiotics he was taking for an infected incision from dental surgery. Layne told Rothwell he may have to miss the game.


“There I am with my back not being able to move, and I said, ‘Not on my watch,’ ” Rothwell said. “I drove him to the La Madeleine across from the stadium, and he attended the game.”


“I’m really proud of him, and it’s something he really enjoys,” she added.


Layne’s spirit and dedication to SMU football have benefitted his real estate career with the Layne-Rothwell Group. Layne helps incoming and outgoing coaches and staff with their home buying needs. Rothwell also agreed to cover for Layne during game days.


“The attendance streak has opened the doors for Trina and I to be their agents. It’s brought in a lot of business,” Layne said. “They know I’m loyal.”


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Fall has commenced, which means guests will be arriving for holiday visits before you know it.


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