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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Paint Samples

When you decide to paint your home, your two largest decisions will likely be which contractor you will hire to complete the job and which paint they will use. Deciding on a paint involves selecting a color, quality, and finish and can be overwhelming if you are not an experienced interior decorator. However, paint samples can help you narrow down your options and select a color you will be happy with for years to come. Paint samples can be purchased at most paint supply stores or through your contractor and they are generally applied to a small area of the room you want to paint. Below are five tips for getting the most out of your paint samples. 

Talk to Your Preferred Painting Contractor About Which Brands They Use 

It is often a good idea to choose your paint contractor before you select your paint. This is because most contractors prefer to work with certain brands of paint and may offer discounts if you opt for one of their preferred brands. Once you have chosen a contractor, ask them what brands of paint they recommend. Then, get paint samples from those brands. This will ensure that your contractor will be able to work well with the paint you select. 

Narrow Down Your Color Preference Before Applying Samples 

Many homeowners cannot wait to start splashing their walls with color. However, it is better to test a few paint samples over a large area rather than paint several dozen paint samples on your wall. Painting too many samples can be overwhelming and make your final decision difficult. 

To narrow down your options, consider utilizing online interior decorating software that will allow you to try out various colors on photos you upload. Alternatively, use swatches of cloth or paint chips to create a color scheme. When you have your choice narrowed down to a few colors and styles of paint, you can start testing samples. 

Be Sure to Try Different Finishes 

The finish of a paint can drastically change the ambiance of a room. Even if you are fairly certain that you would like a matte or eggshell finish, consider trying out a sample of the same color in a different finish to see how it looks. You may be surprised to find that you prefer a high-gloss finish instead. 

Try the Sample With Various Lighting 

Paint samples give you a more realistic idea of how a paint will look in your room than paint chips. However, it is important that you test your sample in a variety of lights. For example, look at the sample during daylight hours, with the curtains open and closed. Later, check out how the paint looks under supplemental lighting at night. Also, if the room is large, make sure you try part of the sample in a well-lit area and another in any shadowy areas. This will give you a better idea of how the paint will look over the entire room as opposed to just where the lighting is best. 

Make Sure to Label All Samples 

If your samples are close in color it can be possible to get them confused after they are on the wall and dry. This is especially true if you leave them up for several days to make your decision. To prevent any confusion, label your paint samples with a post-it note so you are certain of which sample goes with which container. This will allow you to tell your contractor which paint you prefer without any costly mistakes. 

Paint samples are an important part of choosing your interior paint. Make sure you do not skip this step and talk to contractors from services like M.S. Service Inc. if you have any concerns about your paint samples.