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Your Guide to Testing Paint Colours at Home

Your Guide to Testing Paint Colours at Home

We’re all about helping you transform your home into your own personal oasis. One of the most important elements of any home renovation project is choosing the right paint colour. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to settle on the right colour. But fear not! We’re here to share some tips and tricks for how to test paint colours in your home, so you can make an informed decision that you’ll love for years to come. We don’t want you hating your choice every time you sit down for a cuppa.

Start with small samples

Before committing to a large quantity of paint, it’s always a good idea to test out a few colours in your home. Sample pots are a great option to try a few colours on your walls or on a piece of cardboard. Starting with small samples will save you time and money in the long run, and will give you a better idea of how a colour looks in your particular lighting and environment. You can order sample pots in any colour online with our 2 hour click and collect service or get them in your local Inspirations Paint paint shop.

Paint a large swatch

Once you’ve narrowed down your options to a few colours, it’s time to try them out on your walls. We recommend painting each colour onto A4 or A3 paper so you can hang them on your wall. This will give you a more accurate representation of how the colour will look in your space, and will also allow you to see how the colour looks in different lighting throughout the day. Bonus, if you’re working on a complete room makeover, once you’ve decided on your colour, you can take your larger swatch with you to flooring or tile shops to build out the rest of your colour palette.

Observe the colours in different lighting

Speaking of lighting, it’s important to observe how your chosen colours look in different lighting situations. This is a really important step in the process as light, whether it’s natural or artificial, can drastically change the appearance of a colour. For example, natural daylight will give you a different look than artificial lighting at night. Consider observing your colour samples at different times of the day, so you can see how they look in different lighting conditions.

Consider the undertones

Paint colours can have undertones that may not be immediately apparent in the swatch or sample. Undertones are the subtle colours that appear when you look at a colour in different lighting. For example, a grey colour may have a blue or purple undertone. It’s important to consider the undertones of your chosen colours, so you can make sure they complement the other elements in your room, such as furniture and accessories.

Get a second opinion

Finally, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion! Ask a friend, family member or even a professional for their thoughts on your chosen colours. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can provide a new perspective and help you make a decision.

We hope these tips have helped you feel more confident in choosing the perfect paint colour for your home. Remember, testing a few small samples, painting directly on the wall, observing the colours in different lighting, considering the undertones, and getting a second opinion are all great ways to ensure you make the right choice. And, as always, if you have any questions or need further advice, our team at Inspirations Paint is always here to help! Is there a paint shop near me? With over 130 convenient locations, we’re fairly certain you can find it!