How to Test Colours - Our Step by Step Guide

November 16, 2021 1 min read

How to Test Colours - Our Step by Step Guide

Take a tip from the pros and see how your shortlist of colours look on your actual project, next to coordinating colours and finishes, in your actual lighting conditions. There is no better way if you’re undecided, to pick the ones that will work for you. Follow these steps below:

Our Step by Step Guide

  • Paint a square directly on the wall at least 1ft square or bigger is better.
  • Allow space between squares when testing several colours at once.
  • Apply full coverage - at least 2 coats to get the true colour
  • Paint on multiple walls - try in different locations - one wall that gets direct light and one in the shadows and view the colour at different times of the day.
  • Optional - can paint on a card, which you can move around the room and place next to your existing décor to see how it coordinates.
  • Consider the effect of the current wall colour. If testing colours that are dramatically different from the current wall colour, this could affect perception. Colours will appear darker against a light backdrop and lighter against a dark backdrop. If this is the case, it's a good idea to apply a neutral prime coat to minimize the effect before testing.
  • For a new build: Best to test your paint colour after the lighting is installed.

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Looking for more inspiration? Check out the full Inspiring Colour 2021 magazine. You can download the full PDF using this link here.