When you decide what colour you are going to paint a room you need to take the time to actually get a feel for how it will look on your walls when it is finished.
Holding paint testers up to the wall just isn’t going to do the trick though. You need to take your time, you need to see the colour on all walls and you need to see it in different lights throughout the day.
This is the only way to know if it’s the right colour. But how do you do this in the most effective way? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
How To Properly Test Paint on Walls
Do not put paint directly on any existing walls. There are a few reasons, unless you have the wall painted white already you’re going to get a false sense of the colour you are putting on a wall that isn’t white.
If you group a bunch of different colors together on the wall, then you’ll just be comparing colour to colour which you have already done by holding up paint testers side by side.
You need to give yourself a blank canvas to work with. And don’t worry that doesn’t mean you must paint your wall white. Here’s what you should do.
1.Take the colour wheel on a test drive around the room holding it up to the furniture to see which colours go with your carpets, curtains and other decor of the room.
This is assuming you’re not changing that as well and if you are some fabric samples of those new items will be helpful. Once you have chosen two or three of your favourites it’s time to get down to business and get the paint on the wall, but not really on the wall.
2.Get some white foam board. This is going to be your paint board.
3.The paint supplier should have samples you can purchase for a nominal fee of the colours you choose from the colour wheel.
Paint a large square or circle with your paint sample on one paint board. One colour per paint board.
4.Don’t paint the whole board, leave some of it white so your eye isn’t distracted when you hold it up to the wall that is already painted with the colour you’re trying to cover up.
There’s probably a reason you are covering that colour up to begin with, so the last thing you need is that colour messing up your view.
5.Hold your paint boards up on different walls. Not next to each other because again you want to avoid comparing colours.
6.Rotate them around the room and see how they look at all different times of the day.
As the light hits different parts of a room you’ll want to get an idea of what it will look like in all possible lighting so you don’t end up with a paint that looks spectacular in daylight, but just okay at night with artificial light shining on it.
And that’s how you can get paint on your walls without actually putting it on the walls. This will give you a realistic feel for how the colour is going to look and which one is the best for your project.
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