I am sharing a great trick for choosing the right paint colour that I used for my living room refresh.
When we first looked at buying this happy house, it was a little more expensive then we had planned on.
I told my husband that ‘it was perfect’. So perfect that I wouldn’t even need to repaint.
I think that lasted for a good few months. I really held out, if you ask me.
Then it was time. To repaint.
First came the bathrooms.
And the laundry room.
Then our bedroom.
And the hallway.
And now we are completely renovating the kitchen, so we might as well repaint the whole living and dining room while we are at it, right?
But I have to admit to you that more times then I care to admit, I have had to repaint more than once. Within a day.
It can be so hard to make sure that you are choosing the right paint colour for a room.
I admit, I have picked the wrong (VERY WRONG) colour right off the bat and had to go back and buy an entire new can of paint and spend two more coats of time repainting over my original painting mistake.
So now, I have changed my tactics. I have started to actually buy those samples that I used to be way too cheap to try out. Here is what I do so that I don’t make paint mistakes anymore.
The process is simple. I picked up these sample cans at my local Benjamin Moore store after narrowing down my faves from a ridiculous number of colours. I’m going to be honest with you…we love Ben Moore paints and our whole house is Ben Moore colours. I love the quality of the paint and would highly recommend them to any and everyone. Plus, the inviting colours they offer are stunning.
We truly love blue around our house so we knew we wanted to go with a light and airy blue/turquoise tone. I chose to test Iceberg, Whispering Spring, Ocean Air, Palest Pistachio, and Harbour Haze (which I already owned in a larger can).
Foam brushes are a really useful tool for this so that you don’t have to wash a brush between samples (and washing the brush would add water and kind of mess up your paint sample pot anyhow…)
Stir, then paint on with on of your foam brushes….until you get a decent sized square. I had pre-primed the wall beneath where I tested my sample colours so that the colours would show up more ‘truly’ – just painting the samples against our original beige colour would have heavily influenced the way the paint looked and would have been really inaccurate.
Here is how my paint sample choices looked against my white primed walls….
I could tell almost immediately that I liked Whispering Spring, Iceberg, and Ocean Air the best so I decided to do an additional test patch of Ocean Air paint so that I could see it in close proximity to the other two colours. Although it is hard to tell in the pictures, you can see that Iceberg is more of a warm grey, and Ocean Air is a bit darker and has more subtle green tones in it.
And…. the winner is… Benjamin Moore’s Whispering Spring!!
We decided it was our favourite and painted it throughout the living room, dining room, and kitchen (with a little bit of space left in the dining room and kitchen for some white board and batten). I have to give my husband credit for managing to get way up into those peaks with just an 8 foot stepladder. I wasn’t quite sure how we would manage up there, but he did it!! (PS -he wants me to make sure you know that they are 16 foot peaks;)
I love the bright, light, airy feel it gives and I really love the way the serene blue works with our natural baskets and sisal woven rug.
How do you make sure you are choosing the perfect colour? Have you ever tried using the sample pots before??
Disclosure: Benjamin Moore Canada generously provided me with the paint for this project but this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.