January 29, 2018
Hey guys! I’ve been on a roll lately with painting rooms in our home and chatting all things paint over on Instagram. You can even get a look at our recent guest room update (so good!). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Paint is the easiest way to transform a room instantly! Picking out a paint color is another story. It’s the longest and hardest part for me. Like, super long!
Here’s an example of what happens when picking out a paint color for our home:
1. Browse Pinterest for any inspiration.
2. Go to Sherwin Williams and grab a few paint chips.
3. Tape the paint chips on the wall and narrow them down to two favorites.
4. Head back to Sherwin Williams and purchase samples
5. Paint samples on a wall and make a final decision. OR this is where I start these steps all over again because I still can’t commit.
Do you see what I mean?? But, the crazy thing is, this is one of my favorite parts when transforming a space. After all of my trips picking out paint, I discovered something new (for me) that made this whole process a little easier: I can ask my paint store to lighten (or darken) paint! I’m so excited about this little discovery, that I got straight to work to paint you a visual so you can see for yourself.
You might be wondering why you would need to know this. Well, have you ever found the perfect color but it was a it was a little too dark or a little too light? Then you head back to the paint store and try and find a different paint color that is just a tad bit lighter or darker without changing the hue. I’ve been there too! If this ever happens to you, just ask your paint store to lighten your paint by 50%. Here are two examples of colors I asked Sherwin Williams to lighten by 50%:
It instantly brightens the paint but keeps it within the same color family that you fell in love with. Since discovering this, I’ve lightened the paint for our guest bedroom and our playroom. I want our home to feel fresh and let the natural light be the star of the show. This allowed me to put some color in our home while doing just that. Here’s a look at both rooms:
Now, of course, if you find a color and it’s a little too light, you can ask your local paint store to darken it by 50%. I’m not sure about other stores, but Sherwin Williams will lighten or darken a small paint sample for you also if you’re not ready to commit to a gallon just yet.
How do they do this exactly? From what I’ve heard, if you want to lighten a paint color for example, they’ll only add half the color drops compared to the original paint color. But! I’ve been noticing the formulas on my paint cans lately after sharing a lot of paint with all of you. This doesn’t seem to be the method Sherwin William uses to lighten paint. I’m thinking it’s just a matter of typing in 50% lighter or the press of a few buttons to lighten paint. Point is, they can do it!
I hope this helps you as you pick out colors for your home. It has already saved me a lot of time! Instead of heading back to the paint store to hopefully find a lighter or darker color in the same color family, I simply ask them to lighten my current sample. So easy, right? And such a game changer! Maybe you already knew this or maybe you didn’t. But I think we can all celebrate together in that moment where we find the perfect paint color we’ve been looking for. Have a great Monday!
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