It looks nothing like the colour in the tin!

21/08/2011

paintpotsYou love the paint colour in the tin or from the paint chart but what will it look like on the wall?

To prevent disappointment, follow these guidelines…

  • The most important thing is to look at your chosen paint at different times of the day. Do get a sample pot of your chosen paint colour and paint samples onto non-absorbent paper. Pin up a sample in different parts of the room you are decorating and keep looking at it during the day and evening and under electric light. Fluorescent strip lighting, in particular, will change its appearance.
  • Paint turns darker when it dries. To check what you’ll end up with before you put your paint on the walls, test it on non-absorbent white paper first, allowing it to dry thoroughly.
  • Don’t rely on the little square on the colour chart. Seeing colour next to an array of other colours changes our perception of the colour. If you must go with the colour chart isolate the colour by using a colour window cut from a plain piece of natural white paper.
  • Think about what else is in the room. The colour of large pieces of furniture will influence how the overall colour will look.
  • If you wall is new plaster seal if before you paint. Either use a watered down solution of your chosen paint colour or a product designed to seal new plaster. New plaster can absorb paint at different rates over the surface and will therefore change the final colour of the paint.
  • If your wall is not smooth consider cross lining the wall with lining paper prior to painting. Imperfections can be a feature in an old wall but not if you paint with a modern paint, think about the look and feel of the room you want to achieve and choose your paint accordingly.
  • Work out which direction your room faces. Depending on if your room is north or south facing or somewhere in between will also change the way your chosen colour looks and feels. The light in this country is cold and northern, which makes colours look dull. That stunning Mediterranean blue wall you saw on your travels probably won’t work if you try to recreate it here.
  • If your room is dark and dingy, painting it brilliant white won’t help. White without light looks grey.
  • The finish of the paint makes a difference to the result. A soft sheen will look much lighter than matt emulsion or eggshell. You’ll also get a much lighter look if you’re painting a smooth wall than if you’re painting over textured wallpaper or using textured paint.
  • Talk to your decorator, use their knowledge and find out about different paint that may give you the look you are after.
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