Give Your Colors An Audition

Coordinating colors and finishes can be a rough stumbling block to

any renovation. Trying out colors is now possible before you buy. Whether you buy small samples of paint or order samples of color chips online for cabinet finishes or countertops, it is best to order several different colors as what you see online is not the same as how it looks in your kitchen or whatever room you are tackling.

The rule of color coordination is to have two colors up or down in intensity from what you think you like. Spread them out and look at the color samples in the daylight as well as the night time lighting. Colors change from natural light to artificial light. It is easy when you have all your pieces together.

Here are some good sources for color coordination. (Click the images to visit the sites.)

  • Behr

    Behr’s Color Smart app for iPhone or Android is an amazing way to create color and decorating ideas wherever you are.

  • Benjamin Moore

    Benjamin Moore Color Samples allow you to try on a color before you commit to the time and expense of painting an entire room. Shop on their Website.

  • Sherwin-Williams

    Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer lets you upload a photo of your own room and then explore different color possibilities.

  • Valspar

    Valspar paint samples include coordinating paint chips, roller tray, and roller so you can get started right away. $5.95 plus shipping for each sample.

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