How to Test Paint for Your Home?

Are you planning to repaint the walls of your house? Do you want to know the ideal way to test paint colors in your home? If you hire professional painters, they can help you choose the right paint for cabinets, decks, ceilings, trim, walls, and more.

However, if you’re trying to do a DIY painting project and you aren’t planning on hiring house painters, here are a couple of tips for testing various paint colors for your house:

Create Huge Paint Samples

Because the paint samples that you get from a shop are too tiny, simply make bigger ones. After you get the sample cans, paint every color on a 1’x1’ piece of heavy paper or foam board. You can purchase a piece of poster board for at least $1 and cut it into 4 sections to produce 4 samples. Also, you might be able to special order big swatches from the paint manufacturer. If you’re hiring a house painter, you can ask him to create them for you.

One huge advantage of using large samples to choose a color is you will not have to worry about covering up all the test spots on the walls. The test paint can get pretty thick since it takes 2-3 coats to see the actual color. They could leave hard lines behind that will be hard to cover up with the new paint if you aren’t careful to feather out the edges of your paint samples on the wall. You might even have to sand down these areas.

Directly Paint a Sample Section of Paint on the Wall

Almost every home improvement shops provide small cans of sample paint. You can directly paint this on the wall to get a better sense of the color. You’ve got to ensure the areas are at least 1’x1’. You can also paint them side by side if you’ve got several options to choose from. Leave a bit of space between each sample. Also, make sure you paint 2 coats. This will create a lot of difference.

You will be able to see the effect that natural light has on the color if you paint one area on the wall that gets direct sunlight and one area on the wall that doesn’t. You have to remember that the existing color on the wall will influence how the new color appears when you paint them over it. you’ll have to apply a primer first on the wall if you’re going to a light color from a dark one. This will help you get the correct color.

Utilize A Virtual Painter App

There are a lot of various virtual painting websites and applications out there where you can upload a photo of the room, choose various colors to apply to that photo, and get a general concept of what the room will look like after it is painted.

If you do not want to go over the hassle of doing these things, simply hire a professional residential painter. They can help you pick the right paint color for your needs.

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