The Reason behind Testing Paint Colors
It is considered a good practice to test paint colors that you have chosen before actually buying massive amounts of them. Painting a sample of your chosen color to a small portion of your wall would make you realize how different a color may appear when it is looked at in small tints and in actual application to your room. Bearing this in mind, you get to prevent spending too much money on gallons of paint with just wasting a few quarts to see how it fares.
Paint samples should be done not only for internal but also for external applications.
One way to test the color of your choice is by painting a small portion of your wall, a 2 foot by 2 foot section could be enough. Also, you can choose to paint your sample into a board. Either way, it would be best to place this sample near your ceiling if it is possible. Any stiff material would be enough to serve as your sample board – drywall scraps, posterboards, cardboards and even plywood would suffice.
Painting the sample into your wall
Having your chosen color painted directly onto your wall gives you the chance to live with your chosen color for a few days and check whether the wall looks good during different times of the day. The texture of the wall can also declare how well the paint will react with your walls.
Choosing between two different colors could also be puzzling you. In this case, you can paint these colors in different walls. Placing them adjacent to each other creates an illusion that tricks your eye.
It is also a good idea to paint your color of choice to more than one wall so that you can observe how well the paint reacts with the lighting conditions that your room is subjected and adjust them accordingly.
Painting the sample into a board
Deciding to paint your color choice onto a board gives you the flexibility of taping a large painted board onto your wall and see how it works easily. You can also bring your sample board along and try out some decorations to see if they will go well with the paint.
The downside to this is that actual results may actually vary from that of the posterboard since the texture of the wall may be different.
Using both methods can also help you decide better if your choice is actually good. Just make sure that you choose a color that will complement all the soft furnishings in the room, window treatments and flooring.
Some more tips for you
Perception of how paint looks will differ; let the paint to dry completely and be surprised that a glossy looking paint would actually look flatter when it dries. Paint also lightens as it dries.
Enjoying how your paint looks at different conditions would also mean that the color is probably a good choice and would be enjoyed for the next few years.