What’s the Best Way to Test Paint Colors in Any Room?

Hilary FarrRenovation0 Comments

Gone are the days of buying paint based off a paint chip. Instead, test paint colors by obtaining cheap or free samples and painting a portion of a wall.

Gone are the days of buying paint based off a paint chip. Instead, test paint colors by obtaining cheap or free samples and painting a portion of a wall.Selecting the right paint colors for a room can be rather overwhelming. Unfortunately, deciding on the best shade isn’t as simple as selecting samples and taping them to a wall. There are a few factors you need to take into consideration when choosing paint colors, including lighting and the room’s size. Although, considering these factors is not any easy feat to accomplish with a small paint chip.

By following my tips, you will be able to get a better idea of how certain paint colors will look and feel in a room. These tips will save you from spending unnecessary time and money on paint that you don’t want or need.

GET AN ACTUAL SAMPLE OF PAINT – NOT JUST A PAINT CHIP

Color samples may help you decide which shade you will want, but they can’t accurately show you how a color will look a particular wall. This is why I work with paint companies and stores to obtain free or cheap samples of actual paint. That way I can paint straight onto the wall to see how the paint will look.

GIVE IT TWO COATS

Typically, when you paint a room, you will paint two coats to achieve the best coverage. So, why would you paint a single coat for your test patch? More often than not, people slap on a thin coat of paint for their color test, and then they’re surprised when the finished product looks completely different. Paint a small, but solid first coat. Wait until it dries and then paint a second coat. Wait until that coat dries, and then make your decision about your color choice.

KNOW IF YOU NEED A PRIMER OR NOT

Most interior paints (and many exterior paints) do not require primers, unless you want to achieve a deep, rich color. Keep in mind that there are some paints that do require a primer to obtain a true hue. Determine whether or not your paint selection works best with a primer. If so, paint a patch of primer on the wall and then test it.

DON’T JUST PAINT A SINGLE PATCH

This is a common mistake people make. They paint a patch or sample in one spot on one wall, but they are unable to picture it in the entire room. Or they have an idea of how the paint looks in that area and they assume it’ll look the same everywhere else. Light impacts walls in specific ways. It’s important to see how the color will look from certain angles and on different walls. Paint a patch on at least three walls in the room before settling on your final decision.

LIGHT THE ROOM BEFORE YOU TEST THE PAINT

While we are on the topic of light, if at all possible, do not start painting until the proper lighting has been installed in the room. If you plan to replace the fixtures, do so before you paint. Once you shed some light on the subject, then you can start testing paint colors.

These are the basic steps for choosing the correct paint colors for any renovation. With these tips in mind, you will be able to select precise paint colors for your home, the first time around, without the hassle of driving to the store several times.

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