Getting the Color Right

Real Estate Agent with Referral Patners LLC 0583719

Have you ever picked a color from the myriad of paint samples available, put it on the wall and decided that it was all wrong? It shouldn't have to be that difficult but trying to pick the perfect color from those little swatches is just not that easy.color patches on wall

Painters and decorators suggest you buy a small amount of the colors you're considering. Your paint store should be able to mix them in any brand and any color. Once it's on the wall, it will be easy to determine if it needs to be lighter or darker or if it's completely wrong.

Take them home and paint a 2' x 2' area on the wall. If you're concerned about testing the colors on your wall, you can paint some sample boards that can be easily moved around to see how they'll look with the furniture, floors and other items in the room.

Instead of guessing what it's going to look like, you'll actually see how it looks during different times of the day, in natural and artificial light.

While $30 to $40 a gallon for paint may seem like a lot of money, the cost in time and labor to put it on the wall is even more. It's worth taking the time to test the color on the wall before you buy all the paint needed

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Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hi Teral,

Great advice for anyone looking to update their paint colors.  And all of the stores now have the samples you can purchase.  It's amazing how different paint looks on the wall compared to in the bucket.

Best of success to you this year!

Jan 22, 2013 02:12 AM #1
Randy Bocook
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Richmond Hill, GA
Selling Coastal Georgia

Great article Teral. I couldn't tell you how many people I know that have told me similar stories of their painting experiences. Great advice. Hope you have a wonderful 2013.

Jan 22, 2013 02:16 AM #2
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Been there, done that! We usually buy the small tester containers of paint from Home Depot and try it out first, then if we don;t like it we're only out a couple of bucks instead of $30-40.

Jan 22, 2013 02:21 AM #3
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hey Tearl -  You should ask Debbie about the time she painted the guest bathroom three times in one day.  UGH....... The woes that choosing the wrong color can bring :)

Jan 22, 2013 02:31 AM #4
Kim Darling
Keller Williams Westland Realty BRE# 01864461 - Fresno, CA
CRS,GRI, "Your Home Team" Fresno/Clovis Homes

Just went through this on my own home and was very happy to find out I could buy samples for about $4 a color.  I went home and painted on the wall and thank goodness I did, because some of those colors were not what I thought.  At the end of the project, I am thrilled with all our paint choices.  

Jan 22, 2013 02:41 AM #5
Wika Hutchinson
Eugene, OR
I love those small samples--they are awesome and have saved me from making colorful mistakes at least twice! :)
Jan 22, 2013 03:02 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Teral - I am reminded that a few years ago, I wanted to paint the wall behind my piano with a more vivid accent color.  I chose Ralph Lauren's Capri Rose.  I swear everytime I came around the corner and saw that wall, it slapped me in the face.  I had to paint it back to white within a few days!  It is amazing how a paint swatch can look so pretty when it is only a couple inches square, but can be a monstrosity on an entire wall:-)

Jan 25, 2013 12:02 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Teral - I also want to CONGRATULATE you on having this blog FEATURED in the Feather Nesters group!  It provides excellent advice!

Jan 25, 2013 12:04 PM #8
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Thank you so kindly Myrl for featuring the article in Feather Nesters.

Jan 25, 2013 01:25 PM #9
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Hi Teral, I will often get a few swatches at the local store and bring back and tape on the wall to check the light from morning to night. Paint colors change with different lighting so important to sample first or check with someone who can help you select the right color palette for your home.

Jan 26, 2013 08:41 AM #10
Bill Cherry, Realtor - Dallas, TX
Broker & Wealth Coach

Hi, Teral!

Good post, that's for sure.  I'd like to share my two rules.

My rules:

Always buy one shade lighter than the one you pick...even then it may be to dark.

Hire a stager or decorator with great color sense to help you if you're planning to use blue.  It is impossible for me to even begin to say how often THAT shade of blue is totally wrong.

Feb 25, 2013 08:54 PM #11
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Another suggestion that we give our staging & design clients is to paint at least a 2' x 2' white board with the paint sample, TWO coats, and be sure to leave 2 inches of white around your sample so that the current wall color doesn't impact the new color.  Then, tape it up on the wall in different places, and at different times of the day.

Paint may look one way in the morning, different in the afternoon, and completely different at night.  It's important that you check all 3 times of day to make sure you like it.

May 18, 2013 12:03 PM #12
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