Time is money when your painter is waiting for an answer. Hearing the painter ask. “What color?” can be unsettling when all you have to base your decision is off of a small paint chip the size of a business card or a postage stamp.
My client and I were going back and forth on the idea to paint the molding dark or not.
Seeing a concept before you put the paint brush to work is a huge help to visualize the space.
For us, we needed to see french windows, doors and door casing and lots of molding for a comparison. The cabinets and cabinet crown molding is a dark cherry wood, the crown molding around the room is paint grade. Should we go with a dark stain on the exterior doors and casing or paint them light?
There are two on line tools I want to tell you about that are invaluable.
Experimenting with different colors before painting saves a lot of time and mistakes.
- Take the smaller paint chips from the paint store, grab a 1/2 dozen and paste them together to make one large paint chip if you don’t want to buy a small quart of tester paint.
- Dunn Edwards offers larger paint chips (about 4″ x 8″) through the architectural division. You can order these large paint chips on line at no charge.
- Have your painter (or do this yourself), apply test samples on the walls and trim. Live with it over the weekend before you commit to the color. View the color in morning, noon and night lighting.
I really like the Paint Brush tool offered at House Beautiful. It is great for quick room concepts, and saves the trip to the paint store. You can do this in the convenience of your home. There are 25 room images to select.The paint colors are from Benjamin Moore, Valspar and Sherwin Williams.
HB Paint Brush is missing the advanced options. It only allows you to pick one color trim for all the trim.
When comparing it to Dunn Edwards Palette Previewer, Dunn Edwards is more advanced and offers more flexability. Again, there is another learning curve. It is not for the impatient, but once you understand how to use it, it is really great to see your scanned photo of your actual room transformed with the paint colors you select. If you want to keep it simple, you can use the sample pictures to paint with.
Both programs allow you to print out the photo of your room with the paint numbers listed. Great idea.
Environment Friendly. I use the Dunn Edwards Computer Palette Previewer on my projects all the time and the larger paint chips so clients don’t have to invest in a quart of paint three or four times over to test multiple samples on the walls. I just wish Dunn Edwards would come out with smaller paint testers. A quart of paint is really a lot of paint when you add up three or more colors consumers may buy before making the final decision. Half empty paint cans for the recycling centers is not eco-friendly.