Paint Samples

Picking the right paint color can be the most difficult and frustrating part of any design project. However, it is one of the most important aspects to be considered while painting anything. The paint job has to look perfect when it comes to furniture as well as with the change in day and night. Any shading scheme used also has to match the colors that have been incorporated in other rooms.

Before painting the whole wall or the object you want to paint it is always advisable to paint a small part of it with the different colors that you think match it. This helps you get a better perspective while choosing the right color. Of course, there is another problem of not being able to imagine the entire object with the particular paint sample, as any thing looks different when it is painted as a whole and when just a part of it is painted. However, it is at least better to approximately know what looks best.

For these needs of sampling, many companies provide paint samples that are packed in small 2-ounce jars.

Interior designers and professional painters do a "brush out" when deciding on color. They apply paint to a small section of the wall or several walls to see how the color looks in the actual environment.

By sampling a color at home, you will get the most accurate sense of how the color will actually look in the room. Using paint sample colors is a great idea to help you:

* Experiment with several different colors before deciding on a color scheme for a room.

* Decide between several shades and tints of a particular color.

* Compare how different undertones of a color (vibrant yellow, gray-yellow, green-yellow, etc.) affect the feel of the room.

* Determine how a particular color in a room will flow with the colors in adjoining rooms.

* Determine how to coordinate colors of different rooms in your house (such as a deeply hued rug).

* Use different lighting to observe the effect it has on different hues.

To get the best judgment for the right colors, follow the steps given below using different paint samples:

1) Choose colors you want to test.

2) Purchase 16oz Mini-Can of colors you want to test

3) Purchase test boards, small foam brushes or small sample rollers & blue tape

4) Layout newspaper and paint the test boards (apply as many coats as needed)

5) Apply small pieces of blue tape to back of boards and stick to wall (blue tape will not damage walls)

6) Be sure to look at one color at a time so that the colors do not influence each other

7) Move the sample boards around the room or lay next to furniture.

8) See how the colors look in the morning, day and night.

After following the above steps, you will automatically know whether the color you have chosen is appropriate or not. For example, if the color you have chosen starts looking to “yellow” or a bit too “green”, then you know it won't look nice if you were to paint he whole thing with these colors.

Selecting the correct paint color is an iterative process while using paint samples. Once you have tried one color and you do not like it then you go to another one and so on until you are satisfied. However, it is advisable to use sample boards while testing the color rather than painting it directly onto the wall. This is because when you paint many samples onto the wall at once, they tend to influence each other and also they might look a little different due to the lighting of the room.