I've been doing quite a bit of interior painting and, like most people
(I think), I choose my colors by looking at paint chips/samples available
in the store's paint department. Problem is, I've often been disappointed
when I finally buy the color and put it on the wall. This is now at the point
where I'm second-guessing myself and changing my mind at the last
I suppose I could buy a quart of the color and test it each time, but that
could get expensive, not to mention wasteful.
Has anyone come up with any ideas how to decide if you really will like
the color before you commit to a gallon of paint?
Thanks in advance,
I buy my paint from Home Depot. Most of the time I am satisfied with how the
color comes out but two times I wasn't. I returned the paint to them. One
they added more tint to it and the color came out the way I liked it and the
other they just took back and refunded my money.
I don't know which problem it is you're having - is the paint that
you're putting on the wall not exactly the same as the chip, or do you just
not like the colour overall?
If it's the first problem here are a couple of things you can try:
1) Take the chip home and look at it in the room that you're going to be
painting. Different lights (flourescent, incandescent, daylight, etc) bring
different elements of the colour to the forefront.
2) When you get home and look at the chip, isolate it. Place white
paper around the other chips, if on a strip, or just cut that section out of
the strip. Colours change their appearance when paired next to other
3) Paint ALWAYS dries darker then when wet. Wherever you're going to
get your paint, make sure they put a good-sized dab on the lid of the can
and dry it with a heat gun.
4) Quite often paint won't match the sample/chip. Why? Because the chip
is printed with dyes as close as they can do it, and the paint is done with
colourants. Also, there can be a HUGE difference in quality of paint, and
often overlooked - where you're buying it. Paint tinting machines are NOT
all that accurate, especially in the hands of someone who isn't as
experienced as they should be (can you TELL I'm in the business ? :) so
make SURE you've got the proper colour, or get it fixed before you leave the
store (see #3)
If it's the second problem, well, just take a little more time making sure
that all the colours involved blend together properly. That's why I always
recommend buying paint from specialty stores - IE Colour Your World,
Benjamin Moore, etc. The people there are more trained as designers then
big-box people. Finally, most people, I think, second-guess themselves
after they've started painting - hell, I wasn't sure about my Sage Green
living room for 2 weeks after it was done, and my gf was REALLY unsure about
the blue kitchen.......till EVERYONE that came over RAVED about the
Hope this helped,
I just repainted a room I did yesterday because I was not happy with the
color. This time I went with a neutral color and it turned out very
nice. I think I will be going with neutrals from now on as I too have
had problems being disappointed with the end results of color on the
I have bought quarts of paint before to see if I like it on the wall,
but it's always different when you do the whole room.
Seems like it's a trial and error procedure. Two rooms I am very happy
with my color choices: a hunter green in the bathroom (the dark green
contrasts nice with the white on the toilet and vanity) and a sunny
yellow in the dining room with white trim (very fresh looking).
But, I think I will be sticking with neutrals for my future painting
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