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!



Alicia Friedmann Interior Design, LLC


Bad Paints & Wrong Rugs: You Need An Interior Designer, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

Do you need an interior designer, but you just haven’t realized it yet? Check out the list below. If you find yourself experiencing one or more of the below problems—you might just need an interior designer.

  • You’re buying furniture that doesn’t fit: Ever been in the market for a new sofa? Did you eyeball the couch at the store and just say, “Yeah, that should fit,” only to get it home and find it’s too long by two feet? If this is a painfully familiar memory, you may need an interior designer. A designer will take precise measurements of your space and will draw up different layouts so that you can visualize furniture placement, sizes, and flow spaces. As well, designers can shop for these pieces for you, ensuring that they will work in proportion and harmony with the other pieces you will soon be buying. With a designer, you never have to worry about squeezing behind dining room chairs or stubbing your toe on oversized coffee tables.
  • You’re stuck on a remodel: You’ve started a massive, top-to-bottom remodel of your home—the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, patio, even the laundry room and that man cave in the basement. And then all of a sudden, you’re stuck. The tiles you chose just aren’t working with the cabinets; the paint just doesn’t look like the right shade of green on your walls. This is where a designer will be your lifesaver. He or she can identify stumbling blocks, streamline your process, and make your home function as a cohesive whole. Remodeling a home can be hard—your designer is here to help.
  • You can’t decide on paint colors: Arguably, one of the most difficult parts of renovations can be choosing paint colors. There are just so many! Luckily for you, your designer is a master of all things on a paint fan, leading you through the world of hues and shades with a keen eye so you can arrive at a perfect combination of specific colors for your home.
  • You need some couples mediation: We hear it all the time: “Happy wife, happy life”. We know remodels aren’t always easy. Maybe you and your significant other have spent hours deciding and disagreeing for days and weeks over your favorite backsplash, but months later, you still haven’t reached a decision. Thankfully, your interior designer can help you compromise and reach decisions together with ease. Having a third party with expertise in design will bring you to a happy medium and save you a lot of domestic headaches.
  • You just need some advice: Maybe you actually have an eye for design! You know what colors you like and what wallpapers will mesh with that dream couch that you’ve had your eye on. But, still, you’re a little unsure and need an expert to give you that extra level of confidence in your choices. Hiring a designer can lend you the confirmation (or even change in perspective) about the materials and pieces you’re choosing to install! Having a second opinion from your designer will give you peace of mind and, also, set you up with a contact that you can consult in the future should you have any more questions about what works in your home and what does not.


Alicia Friedmann Interior Design, LLC

(562) 455-0049