What's the best way to test paint samples

Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

Years ago, I wrote an article on my site about how to test paint samples on your walls.


It tells you about all the watchouts when you are using paint testers to find the right paint shade, as well as the best way to use those testers.


But, since then, I've found a newer and better way to test paint shades.


Now, you can get premade paint samples...made with real paint (so it's color correct) and with 2 shades of paint (which is what you want when you are changing the color on the wall.


And, it's easier and less messy. Plus, you don't need to buy a paint brush.  Plus, they are a bit less expensive than the paint testers you buy in the store.


And, best of all, they are sent right to your door. You don't even need to leave your home.  These samples are peel and stick.  They are so simple.  You can check out these paint samples here.


There are so many benefits to using these samples as you can move them from room to room.  And, by using these samples, rather than going sample crazy on your walls...and then seeing those samples telegraph through the paint...you keep your walls clean and pristine.


So, if you have clients that are repainting, either because they are selling or about to move into a new home they just bought, you may want to suggest this convenient solution to them.


I've been suggesting these to my readers for the last 15 months and I know that thousands of people are buying these.


And, of course, since the world has turned upside down, they have become even more popular.


Hopefully, you can look like a hero by recommending these to your clients.


Also, in case it helps your clients, I also have a free ebook download where they learn how to pick theh perfect paint shade every time.  (You can find it on the side bar and many of my blog posts on paint shades).


Hope this helps.

Comments (19)

Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Hi Debbie this is a pretty neat idea that is new to me! I like to test colors by painting a sheet of poster board and hanging up in the room, or do a few. Low commitment but easy to change if you decide its too much, not enough, or just the wrong feeling. Color is mood. 

May 10, 2021 04:36 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Debbie Gartner You always have the best ideas!  You had me at not messy and delivered to the door.

May 10, 2021 05:00 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Debbie Gartner very valuable report about the best way to test paint samples.

May 10, 2021 05:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debbie- This post brings back memories of when we had big splotches of paint on our walls in one of our houses. We lived with them for about a week so we could see what they looked like at different times of the day. 

May 10, 2021 06:42 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debbie - this looks like an Easy Peasy suggestion.  

May 11, 2021 03:14 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The Samplize are a great idea and large enough to get a proper appreciation for the color.

May 11, 2021 05:47 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debbie - I just three away load of those color swatches for Benjamin Moore Paint.  Time for some new colors in our home.

May 11, 2021 06:49 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

What a great idea Debbie Gartner. I had not heard of these type of paint samples, but it sure sounds handy.

May 12, 2021 03:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

May 15, 2021 07:11 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Debra. Thanks for the tip. I like your line of thinking. Enjoy your day.

May 16, 2021 04:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great information to share.

Take care, be safe and have a productive spring.

May 16, 2021 05:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debbie:

What a terrific idea, and such a better solution than the old way of testing samples. Thanks!


May 16, 2021 10:26 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Debbie Gartner ,

No wonder everyone is liking this idea! Its not messy and its delivered to your door. You always have the best tips..thank you for sharing..such a good solution..premade paint samples made from real paint..who knew??

May 16, 2021 10:51 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a great resource! I love this idea!

May 16, 2021 03:58 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I love this and know how difficult it is to choose the perfect color. Great post!

May 16, 2021 07:17 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

They've had these for years & I think are excellent. Problem is if you have a shade that is just a little darker or lighter, then I'd do the custom.

May 17, 2021 02:09 PM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Great information! I'll keep that idea, definitely.

May 19, 2021 07:09 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I have used these!  Very helpful, esp bc the samples are large sized!

May 21, 2021 02:16 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent post.  Thanks to Kathy for sharing or I would have missed it.  My go-to phrase when teaching realtors anything - be  a hero to your clients.  Love it!

Jun 01, 2021 02:31 PM