It was a bit spontaneous, but you did it! You have been promising yourself for years, and now, you were finally going to take this house and turn it into a home: a home that represents you (starting with the living room).
Everything was going right, and you had everything in place! Brushes? Check. Rollers? Check. Drop sheet? Check. Paint? Double check! In fact, you bought extra paint for good measure! It is a big job, and you made sure you were committed.
You feel your heart sink and your stomach turn in knots as you gaze at the giant streak of grey paint against the wall that, only a few moments ago, was your perfect blank canvas.
All day you had been excited about finally painting your living room your favourite shade of pale blue, but this is clearly a shade of grey. You look down at the costly gallons of paint beside you… It looks blue in the tin and on the paint swatch. Still a little nervous, you decide to keep painting, and see what it looks like dry.
Fast forward a few hours later, and the paint on your (now almost finished) living room walls looks greyer than ever, and right about now, you sure wish you hadn’t have been so eager and ignored that guy in the paint store about using test boards.
DON’T BE THE PERSON IN THIS STORY!
Before rushing into an important project like painting your home, be sure to test out colours, and have patience! We know your excited, but the wait will be worth it. We promise!
Sampling paint on test boards before applying it directly to your walls can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
Often, paint can look different dry than when wet or in the paint can. Lighting can also play a huge part, and your room can look entirely different depending on the time of day, light bulbs used, or shadows cast by furniture or drapings. To make sure the paint you are selecting is perfect for every condition, paint it onto a sample board, let it dry, and carry it around the house to be viewed in different lighting.
A test board also means you can experiment with creative ideas and textures before committing to them on a larger scale!
If that wasn’t enough, you can carry this handy board with you to all the shops giving you the edge and confidence of even the finest interior designers as you select carpeting, furniture, and general room decor to match!
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