Monday, 19 May 2014

choosing paint colours

I picked up some paint cards last weekend. Anything that in the shop seemed blueish or greyish, or blue-greyish. But not purplish.
Our starting selection. A lot of choices...
Originally I wasn't too fussed on any of them. None seemed quite right, either too blue, or too grey, or with a greenish undertone. And some are definitely purplish at home. 

But, we may have painters in June, which means we are going to have to pick a colour pretty quickly!
This morning I picked a few that were close and blu-taked them to the wall. Straight away took some off the list.

L and I both thought Pre School by Dulux was ok. Our painter will be using Haymes, so we tried to find the closest Haymes paint. But when we put it into the sun it was washed out and too pale.

Pre school in the daylight. A bit too washed out-it's centre top above
We ended up having to go two shades darker to Sorcerer by Haymes to find one that we liked in the sunlight.
This is in shadow. 



Unfortunately our local Haymes stockist doesn't open on Sundays, so we will pick up a test pot through the week and give it a go. Wish us luck!

What do you think? Any tips on choosing paint colours? 

8 comments:

  1. I like it! It's nice and deep without being too dark, and it doesn't look like it alters too much in full sunlight or when it's overcast.

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    1. Fingers crossed it is good! It will be good to see it on a larger scale! x

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  2. Looks like a good choice to me. No tips I'm afraid, I have had half the back of the house painted for six months and I am still undecided. Luckily there is no money yet to pay a painter so my indecision is ok! mel x

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    1. It's such a hard choice-interior paint isn't a biggie-I can repaint a room with a weekend and a tin of paint, but the outside.... xx

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  3. When I was painting the exterior of my home last year, I opted for Dulux paint, but had it tinted to match a Solver sample.
    Maybe you could get the Haymes tinted in the Dulux colour - as far as I know it's all computerised these days.

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    1. With some pale colours it doesn't work too well because of the different base colours throwing the balance. I think you can tell-we had a few different brands of paint! x

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  4. I have to say, testing how they would look outdoors first was a good idea. Light colored paints do look washed out when exposed to sunlight. If you were going for a color other than white, it's a good idea to use a darker shade just to be sure. Good luck on your chosen colors!

    Suzanne Dyck @ CertaPro Painters

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    1. Thanks! It was surprising how washed out they looked in the sunlight! x

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