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Struggling to decide on the perfect paint colour?

With so many colours to choose from, it can be difficult to settle on just one. And while we present all our colour collections online in our colour directory, shades on a digital screen or mobile device almost never look the same as when painted on a wall.

Why? There are many factors that affect how colours appear in your home, include lighting, the scale of the room and any adjacent colours in the space. For this reason, we always recommend testing colours on your wall before making your final selection.

With the introduction of our new "Colour It" paint sample pots, we've made this process easier for you. All 2000 shades (yes, you read that correctly!) from the Tikkurila colour collection palette are now available in these new 180ml tester pots, allowing you to see how the colour will look in your home to ensure your vision comes to life properly.

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What makes "Colour It" special?

Have you ever ordered a sample pot of paint only to discover that the final shade of your chosen paint is slightly different?

Colour differences occur when tinting is done on a large scale or when samples are pre-tinted and stored on shelves for an extended period of time.

Thanks to Tikkurila’s unique colour map manufacturing technology, our “Colour It” sample pots are all tinted to order in the same way as our full-size tins.

This results in 100% colour accuracy between the sample and your chosen topcoat; so you know exactly what to expect before you start painting.

Continue reading to learn our top paint sample application tips.

Ready to get started?

Our Colour It testers are available to purchase for just £4.80 (with free next day delivery).

Purple tester pots

How to sample paint colours on your walls:

1) Stir (or shake!) your tin before application.

2) Decide on your application method:

You have two options here. You can either paint directly onto the walls, or paint onto a large sheet of thick lining paper which you can then tape to the wall. Painting directly is usually the best (and easiest) option, but you may want to consider lining paper if your walls currently feature a printed wallpaper or very bold paint shade. (Colours "talk" to one another, so your impression of the new test colour(s) may be impacted by the surrounding existing colour. By painting onto white lining paper and leaving a white border, you can avoid this issue).

  • If painting directly onto the walls, test more than one location, applying two coats and over as large an area as you can.
  • If painting on lining paper, either paint multiple samples or move around your swatch during different times of the day

3) Paint (or stick) sample tests eye level

4) Don’t line up your sample swatches right next to each other (this will affect the way each reads).

5) Once dry, study the colour(s) in different lighting conditions (natural and artificial).

6) Check out how these shades look paired with your flooring, furniture, lampshades, and other interior items.

Not decided on your colour yet?

Get inspired by our interior colour collections.

Explore our full colour directory here

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How much paint do I need? 

Use this calculator to work out your requirements, if you have any question please get in touch with one of our team who will be more than willing to help you.

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Disclaimer: Tikkurila UK Paint Calculator is provided as a guide only. The coverage rates will vary depending on surface being coated and the particular product range being used. More information on these products can be found on the cans, on the technical data sheets on individual product pages, by using our live chat service or by calling our technical team on 0131 334 4999.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the estimate, however paint requirements may vary depending on the surface, type of paint, sheen level and colour chosen.