Priming Yourself to Paint: How to Sample Paint Colors

Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

You’ve been meaning to spruce up a space in your home and have decided that a fresh coat of paint is the best way to go about it. You look at some paint chips, choose your perfect color, and then throw it up on the walls. Only problem? That green you loved so much is now looking pretty grey. It’s not the color you picked at all!

This is a common problem that has a simple solution.

In order to make sure you know exactly how the your selection will look when up on your walls, follow these steps:

Option #1

  • Prime a section of your walls and allow it to dry
  • Do not used pre-primed paint, as it does not give the best effect while sampling
  • Paint first coat of paint and allow it to dry.
  • Paint second coat of paint and allow it to dry
  • Don’t look at paint while wet! It will dry to a different color.

 Option #2

  • Paint your selection around the edges of a white piece of foam core board
  • Hold the board up to the wall and see how the paint looks in the space!

*If you are planning on having your selection matched by another brand (ex. having Behr match a Benjamin Moore paint you like), remember to always use the original brand of paint when sampling!

See the picture below for a better idea of how unprimed walls can completely alter the look of your paint choices.

The samples on the wall look blue. The samples on the white boards are the true colors: grey! Sampling on clean, white board will show you the true appearance of your paint choice.

The samples on the wall look blue. The samples on the white boards are the true colors: grey! Sampling on clean, white board will show you the true appearance
of your paint choice.

We know these steps will help you breath new, refreshing life into your home through some beautiful coats of paint! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions or want to share your results from following these tips!

Sincerely,

Alicia

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