I agree with you, but what pleases one person is not going to please
the other. When I paint, I choose what I like.
It sounds like the OP is the type that will not be satisfied no matter
what. Some people are like that. I wish that is all I had to worry
about in life was finding the exact "prefect" color. Anyone that is
going to keep painting over and over has far too much time on their
hands and far too much money.
A friend of mine, a professional painter, painted one client's dining
room 8 times...next time she wanted a 'touch' more blue...and he shook
her hand and said: "you're not going to make me crazy too!" and left.
Maybe I should have said, "it SEEMS like I paint a room over and over".
Just kinda like an expression ya know. You've never been disappointed
with a room color? You've never painted a room two or three times to
get it right? And it's not like it's painted the same year. I just
finished painting the kitchen. I painted it last year too. The new
color is growing on me, but it will probably be painted again next
year. I call it persistence.
Thanks to those who responded with the actual paints they like.
I HAVE brought home many paint chips and I HAVE also bought quarts of
paint to give them a test run on the walls. I also have taped paint
chips to the wall for a few days. But really, it's not until you
actually get the paint on the walls that you can see what you actually
have. If I don't like it I may go to another shade similar. Either on
the same chip or on one next to it. I do have a few rooms in my house
that have turned out well using this method. But, I don't want to paint
the whole house the same color.
I'm just picky about the color of my walls I guess. And I really don't
A nice neutral? That is a challenge, since you say they are too light,
too dark, too green, etc. You might ask at a paint store for chips with
tints that contain only umber/brown. An experienced paint mixer could
probably very easily mix something within your preferences. Or, take a
chip you think you like, look at it in daylight and at home under normal
lighting. Compare it also to chips of similar darkness that are blue,
green, pink. The contrasting tints would brink out the too-whatever in
your chip. The tinting colors are very few, so if you want something
with no red, or no green, it can be made. Furnishings in the room,
along with lighting, can change color appearance by contrast, daylight
color (cloudy or sunny) or by reflection.
Wow. What a range of answers. I don't consider it a dumb question. I am
color-challenged, too. One color I just painted a bedroom is Home Depot
(Behr) Tuscan Beige. It is not very strong, but a nice color.
Lowes has a Waverly color called "Natural" which looks nice. It is a bit
too deep for me, but my wife likes it.
Home Depot's Parisian Taupe is a nice color, too.
The poster's advice about going a couple of shades lighter is right on.
Everything looks darker on the wall. Flat tends to look dark than eggshell,
which looks darker than satin, etc.
No one can meet your request -- "neutral" means something different to
each person. That's why there are so damn many choices.
Go to a paint store or 2 and talk to the guys mixing the paint. Every
store I frequent has at least one guy with enough experience to steer
you the right way.
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