Like building a wardrobe, selecting a paint palette for your living space is a great form of personal expression. But be aware that the shade of paint you see on a color card — or even in the paint can —may look a lot different when applied to an entire room. To help avoid surprises, follow these steps:
- It’s best not to make your final color selection in the store; instead, take color cards or actual paint samples home so you can see them right in the space that will be painted. A helpful hint is to tape four (of the same) paint chips together to get a larger sample for viewing.
- Evaluate the paint colors in varying degrees of daylight and under artificial light at night. Colors can change quite dramatically in different lighting conditions. Remember that colors tend to intensify when applied to a large area. If you are unsure, it is often wise to choose the lighter value of a color.
- Paints come in a variety of sheens or gloss levels, ranging from “high gloss” (the shiniest) to “flat” (virtually no shine) with many levels in-between amid non-standard names. Those with higher gloss reflect more light, adding a brightness to the color, and are generally more cleanable. On the other hand, higher gloss paints tend to highlight surface imperfections and can have a harsh feel. Aesthetics generally dictate using the lowest sheen fitting to the use and condition of the surfaces.
- Most manufacturers have low cost small sample paints to test colors on the surface to be painted. Careful where you apply the samples; don’t put them in the center of a large wall where there may be a large light reflectance. Blend your on-surface samples out using thinner coats so not to leave a thick edge. Depending on conditions a “sheen-build” can leave a hard to deal with blemish in the wall surface.
A fresh coat of paint is one of the best and most economical ways to update and add value your home. Consider allowing MTS Painting, your local paint contracting expert, guide you through color choices whether using our in-house resources, color consultant referrals, or licensed interior design referrals. We want the best results for your home or office painting & decorating improvements.