Matching up colours…
When you want the before & afters to look the exact same!
So matching a colour that’s already on a wall because someone loves it or has damaged one little part of it comes up at work a fair bit for me.
If the paint name isn’t known & a match is needed there are a few ways to go;
Chip off a little paint & have it colour matched by spectro scanner in the store (most accurate option).
Grab a load of colour cards, bring them home and see if any are good matches.
Find an object – a cushion, some paper, clothes – anything that’s the same colour & bring it into the paint shop, have that colour matched.
Take as many free colour chips home to match to the wall can be a very good idea.
Once a good option is found a tester is super important, I’ve seen people pull the trigger without them and it’s so much harder to be successful with the match that way.
In my experience finding a close match works really well if the whole room is getting refreshed.
It’s not so hot for little patches on a wall (if they’ve damaged an area and want to paint only that part) – when that happens it’s usually best to paint the whole of that piece of wall. You stop at the corners & hope the remaining walls of the room will look unnoticeably different… it doesn’t always work though.
By Holly Bryan