Use sam­ple pots to pick a colour scheme

By test­ing shades in a re­al­world set­ting, you can find the per­fect pal­ette

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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!

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