Sampling colours is a total waste of time and no one should bother ... said no Colour Designer EVER! Nothing beats trying out your dream colour in your space before committing. You want to spend $10,000+ on a house repaint after seeing only one teeny, tiny colour swatch? Girl, you crazy!
Often colour sampling is left to the last minute, when the painter needs to know your final choice ASAP, the end of the reno is near and you just want it to be over. We feel you. But, sampling colours is a must. It's the absolute best way of getting an idea of how a colour will look and feel in your space.
TIP: LOOK AT LIGHT & SURROUNDING COLOURS
Lighting (both natural and artificial) can have a dramatic effect on how a colour appears in your space. You'll find a wall colour will change as natural light shifts throughout the day from soft morning light, to bright midday light through to warm afternoon light. The colour will look different again at night time when artificial light comes into play. The existing colours and finishes in your space (we're talking tiles, flooring, window frames, cabinetry) can also interact with and change how a colour looks.
TIP: SAMPLE POTS ARE YOUR FRIEND
Someone wise once said, sample pots are your friend. We don't remember who (OK, maybe it was us) but they were right on the money. Once you've selected your colour/s head to the paint shop. You'll need a sample pot of your desired colour/colours, plus brushes or a mini roller and a drop sheet if you're prone to splashing. Some paint brands have mini pots already made up, which is super handy. Otherwise your paint shop or hardware store can whip up a sample pot for you.
TIP: TWO COATS MINIMUM
Online colour visualisers may be helpful trying to picture how a colour may look, but nothing compares to sampling the actual colour in your space. We recommend painting two coats of your sample colour over a large area (try 1m x 1m) to get a true idea of the depth of your colour. Pop on a extra coat for a dark or bright colours. If you would like to try out a colour in multiple rooms, paint your sample colour on a large piece of art board. Voila! You've made a portable sample to carry between rooms, clever huh!
Take your time reviewing the colours, about a week is ideal. Check in on your sample area at different times of day. Lights on. Lights off. Does the colour sit well together with other elements (flooring, furniture, finishes) in the room? (This is good.) Does it make your eyes hurt? (Um, this is bad!) Don't be afraid to get a couple more pots if you are unsure. After all, it's much easier to fine-tune your choice now, rather than repainting an entire room or house. Once you've chosen your forever colour ... well ... congratulations! Aren't you glad you took the time to have a proper introduction? Now it's time to get painting, break out the brushes.
Sampling white? Our handy guide for choosing a winning white is right over here.
Your front door is a fun place to experiment with colour. You'll find some fabulous ideas here.
Need a hand finding your forever colour? We'll shimmy you past the duds, and introduce you to your perfect colour match. Waaaaay easier than finding your match on Tinder, promise! Cmon, say hi!