Decision making when choosing colours for your home can sometimes be stressful. The Colorex team finds this completely unnecesarry. Of course, things can go wrong; the small colour sample which looked so perfect in the paint shop, did not quite turn out the way you had imagined once all the painting was finally done. However, with the correct preparation and application, it is relatively easy to avoid these potentially expensive mistakes. Below, we we list several basic advice which will help you to a succesful result.
The reason that the same colour can appear to be different, is that the colour seems more intensive and “colour-strong” as the surface area expands. Colour perception is also naturally affected by any other colours which may surround it, such as furniture and textiles. One tip when assessing the painting requirements or changing colour arrangements for your house, is to browse through magazines or brochures. As a rule, you can obtain selected paint samples or paint charts from your paint shop in order to discuss things in the peace and quiet of your own home.
Remember to ask an expert whether a light-stable pigment is contained in the paint-colour you have chosen, and if not, try to find something else. The negative effects of UV-rays are considerably higher today than historically, which may break down non-stable pigments rather quickly.
The next step can be to test paint an area of a square metre or two and see how the paint looks in natural surroundings. Those annoying differences in nuance can be avoided if you paint a specific area with paint from the same can. This is especially true in the case of broken colours.
If possible, paint the entire surface to be painted with paint from the same can. If this is not possible, use cans which have been manufactured at the same time, ie with the same batch-number, which is printed on the label. Try also to change cans at corners to avoid problems with differences in colour nuance.