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Thursday
Apr142011

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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