Paint Sample Tip

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I thought I'd share a little tip with you that I devised over the weekend. I'm planning on painting the hallway at the top of our stairs, and, I don't know about you, but it makes me really nervous to pick a color based upon a teeny tiny 1 inch by 2 inch card (or even the slightly bigger 3 inch by 4 inch ones). So, whenever possible I get a little sample of the paint before I make a decision.

The problem, however, is that I usually like to see how the color will look in different areas of the room, (you know...different lighting, furniture, etc.) and it can be a pain to paint samples on every wall in the room. Soooo, why not just apply the paint to a large piece of paper that you can move around as you please?


Easy peasy....

Oh...and yes, I'm aware that the two paint samples are nearly identical. And no, I didn't need to the 2 guys at the Lowe's paint counter (and my 14 year old son) to point that out...and then snicker to each other...and point at the crazy paint lady. I'm very particular about my paint colors, okay? :-)

29 Suburbanites Said:

Leave a Trail... said...

Okay, I do color consulting and I will tell you, you are NOT crazy. Those hues are very different! The one on the right is a darker sandy color. If it were me, I'd go for the one on the left!

Be careful, though...the color may go darker on the paper than the wall! :-)

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Thanks! I agree, I was leaning towards the one on the left.

jenjen said...

That is a great idea! I went around painting samples all over each wall in my rooms. What a mess. A piece of paper would have been much simpler and easy to stash away when company came over!

XOXO
Jen

Juli said...

Now see that is a great idea. i simple put little patches of paint ALL OVER THE WALLS! Well then I have to make a decision and paint. I like your method much better. So much less stress involved. Thanks for sharing.
Juli

Xazmin said...

Great tip! I'm hoping to paint several places in my home this year...so I'll definitely keep this in mind! Thanks for sharing!

Lorie said...

My MIL paints a piece of poster board (same idea, just bigger) and I don't think you are crazy at all!! ;D

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A Beach House Dreamer said...

Great idea! There very different paint colors in my eye. The left sample seems to have green in it, the right one feels warmer

Kasey said...

very different.
i like the right one a bit more.
xo

TheOldPostRoad said...

My mother-in-law used to paint a posterboard. I think you shop at my Lowe's.

g. said...

Great idea!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

You're singing my song sista! I'm a kookie paint gal too. I paint big swatches on drywall and move it around, look at it from different angles, at different times of the day, in natural light, next to "this" item, etc. The slightest difference in paint formula can make all the difference in the world!

Adrienne said...

I get nervous too! Boys!

Rachel said...

You're not crazy, you're saving yourself time and money. And my vote is for the one on the right. :) Love your blog.

Mrs. Jones said...

I totally see the difference in those 2 paint samples, friend. Don't you worry about those guys.

Mr. Jones is going to love this tip. We go through about 6 months of paint splotches all over the wall before I pick a color and we find the time to paint. You are so smart. ;-)

~Heather

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

This is a smart idea. I'm very particular about my paint colors, too! I just repainted my foyer and upstairs hallway and the color looks totally different in different areas and different times of the day. I was shocked by how much darker it is upstairs than downstairs, for example. Drives me a little crazy, to tell you the truth, although I have a feeling I'm the only one who notices. ;-)

P.S. I wrote a post about the B&B you told me about in Provence today on my Beach Cottage Love blog. Loved it. Thanks for sending me the link!

Amber said...

No, you are NOT crazy!!! The 2 colors that I have in my home are pretty similar in color, but they make ALL the difference in the world, depending on what room they are in.

I like the one on the left. Definitely!

Karen said...

Really - I don't know how you could look at these two samples and NOT see the difference!:)

And I like the one on the right, after much looking. I think it may be richer and warmer. Or better yet - go get some more samples:)

Mamaoftwins said...

These colors look different to me too. The one on the right looks darker to me. So I guess it depends on lighting. I know how you like lighter colors so maybe the one on the left?

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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I think that's a great idea...when I get around the painting our bedroom, I'll remember it! :)

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I don't think your crazy at all. I can see that they are "different" colors. Men/boys! Bah! lol!
When I was deciding what color I wanted to paint the bathroom I painted a piece of poster board and hung it up. I'm so glad I did because the original color I had chosen was dreadful looking in the afternoon light.

SoBella Creations said...

I don't think your crazy at all. There are very few men who would probably get it.

Elizabeth said...

Great tip!
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Catherine@Simply Natural said...

I did the same thing when I painted my hallway!
Hope you have a great mothers day AnNicole.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Now that's just proof that men don't know anything. Even the ones who work at paint counters. :)
I like the one on the left, thanks for sharing your great idea!

imjacobsmom said...

I like the one on the left, too. Great tip, thanks. ~ Robyn

Kelli said...

This is such a smart tip...thank you.

Nancy said...

Yeah, I am extremely paint crazy and have recently had my entire family room covered with tiny chips, then several chips put together. It got to where no one wanted to go in the room because I would confront them with which color they liked best! I am so crazy, I want to know the names of the colors you have posted! I used, after all that, Restrained Gold by Sherwin Williams bc several wonderful bloggers had recommended it!

gina said...

The one the left has a green undertone and the one on the right a red. I personally like the one on the left.