• Put Samples In Different Locations
  • Put Up Plenty of Color
  • Put Color Where It Will Actually Go
  • Make Lighting Conditions Consistent With The Way They Will Be On A Long-Term Basis
  • Be Sure Your Sample Is Fully Coated.


1. Put samples in different locations

If you are testing more than one color for a given room (or a given surface, on an exterior), put those samples in different locations. It can be the same wall, but skip over 3 feet or so.

Never, ever apply competing colors right next to each other. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this mistake on Pinterest or blogs, including by people who consider themselves home design influencers.