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> > Test Patches Save Do-Overs
Always buy a pint of paint to do a test patch. It is excellent insurance for less than $10.00. Paint a 12-48" square on a board or directly on your wall. Live with it for a day or two, observing it in all lighting conditions, and in combination with the room's flooring, wallcoverings, and fabric choices. If it isn't right, get another pint and try again. We like to test three colors at once to save time.
> > See the Plane
For the most accurate color representation, view paint samples vertically (up against the wall) and view carpet samples set flat on the floor.
> > Color Contamination
Notice whether the color you're testing might be adversly affected by other colors in a room. For example, if your room is currently painted pink and your test patch is beige, it is likely that the pink will reflect onto the beige, changing the color. If no pink will be in the final room, try to view your test board in a neutral room if at all possible -- perhaps in an adjacent room with the same exposure and more neutral walls.
> > Let It Dry
Paint color often looks different when wet than when it's dry. Don't panic when you first see the paint applied to the wall. Let it dry, then check it with your other samples (fabric, tiles, carpet) to decide if it looks right. Paint can also look out of place in an empty room. Bring in a few room elements (a chair, painting, or window treatment) to see how it wall works together.
> > Buy White
It never hurts to have some pure white paint on hand. If your chosen color seems too dark you can use small amounts of white to lighten it a bit (or a lot). Or, use it to dilute your wall color by half for use on the ceiling. Just make sure to use the same kind of paint (flat latex for example), mix thoroughly, and make enough of the new color to finish the project.
> > Custom Color Matching
Finally, for a truly unique color, many paint stores offer custom color mixing which enable you to bring in a fabric swatch or other color reference, and have paint specially created to match. Visit Home Depot or Lowe's or call a local hardware store to inquire.
> > Ceiling Shadows
Ceilings are seen in shadow so painting them a light color is generally most pleasing. When you'd like the ceiling to match the wall color, buying paint for the ceiling that is about two shades lighter than the wall color (on its color chip) will usually provide a satisfactory hue.
> > Give It Time
Remember to give yourself time to get used to a new paint color. If you've selected a bold color you may find the finished color seems overwhelming, yet this intensity will be notably toned down once the furniture, flooring, and fabrics are brought back into the room. So, be patient and give your new color a chance to harmonize with other room elements. You'll usually be pleasantly surprised.
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