Use sample pots to pick a colour scheme
By testing shades in a realworld setting, you can find the perfect palette
Sample pots are the key to painting success, according to Taubmans brand ambassador Shaynna Blaze (pictured).
She suggests using sample pots to trial colours on small areas before taking the plunge and painting entire spaces.
“Colours will change with different lighting and reflection, and so each colour looks different in every house,” Ms Blaze said. “Testing your paint colour with sample pots allows you to see the colour at different times of the day and see how it looks in your surroundings.
“This way you can test a couple of colours at one time to work out your best palette.”
Ms Blaze said paint could be a bit of a chameleon, and even the most seasoned designer or decorator couldn’t be 100 per cent sure of the performance of a colour.
“Don’t get me wrong, a colour won’t change dramatically from a blue to a red, but the subtleties of a colour change in a room,” she said. “For example, a blue might take on a greener tone depending on its surroundings, or what you thought was a very bright white might have a slight yellow to it in your house due to the timbers in the room or the direction it is facing.”
Ms Blaze offers three practical tips to get paint colour right:
1. Try only two colours at once – any more can get confusing. By process of elimination you can easily define the right colour for you.
2. Use an A4 piece of cardboard to let you move the colour around all four walls of each room, as they get different light and reflections.
3. View colours in both morning and afternoon daylight, plus with lights on at night, ‘sitting’ with them for about three days – any more and you risk overanalysing. Colour should give you an instant feeling, so taking longer possibly means you are procrastinating on the work, rather than the colour choice!