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Why It's Important to Test Colors Before Painting 

The color in the middle of the picture below is Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan, one of my all time favorite go-to colors for a light beige neutral. 


I had my client paint the two right samples on the wall to see how he liked them during different times of day.  When I went over the next day to check the samples, right away I knew the color on the right was out (Benjamin Moore Creamy White).  It looked fluorescent in my client 45th floor, full-light condo.  I was surprised to see that Manchester Tan looked almost purple in full sun, darker in the hallway.  Thank goodness I went over there - it could have been a disaster.

What I thought Manchester Tan would look like, based on past experience and google searches.

So, I ran over to Ace Hardware and grabbed a sample of Benjamin Moore Carrington Beige, which looks SO similar to Manchester Tan in the paint deck but completely different on the walls.  I wanted a warmer tone & this color ended up being our choice.

Picking paint color can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be! Take the time to pick up samples of a few different colors & paint them on different walls.  See how you like it in different light, times of day, etc. and then make your decision!

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Oh I like that color a lot! And I definitely agree - color test is important! I wish I'd done a better job of that in our current house because I'm not in love with the color that ended up in our bedroom!

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

you are so right! picking paint colors is hard. i just recently picked a color for em's little hand-built play kitchen. man oh man, i think i was trying to decided between 30 different swatches! tough call but i finally just picked and hoped it would turn out ok. i think it did :]

Julie - I'll check your blog to see the results! I am sure it is fabulous :)

Amanda - that is the beauty of paint! If you make a mistake, you can always repaint :)

April 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterKristin

Oh wow, glad I came across this post. I was considering either Manchester Tan or Carrington beige but I'm guessing the Carrington is going to be the right choice for me. I will definitely test a paint sample.

Thank you for sharing!

April 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKim

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