If you were building a new home or remodeling an old one, you’d probably rely on a bevy of professionals to get the job done right, from architects and contractors to interior designers and artisans. But would you think to hire a color consultant? These pros, who help you choose a color scheme that creates the mood you crave, can be vital in making your habitat feel like home. They also have a finger on the pulse of happening colors and future trends.

Here’s how to find, partner with and benefit from a color consultant, start to finish.