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.
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.
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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.
The colour of nature, our variety of green paints in different shades ranging from muted olive greens to vibrant lime shades can help you to feel revitalised and in touch with the outdoors from within your own home.
Whether you prefer a classic or modern setting, grey is the timeless go-to colour that matches everything making it easy to transform your space into a stylish home you can be proud of.
Renowned for inspiring feelings of calmness and tranquillity, blue is often seen as a sign of security and certainty. An ideal choice for bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms.
Synonymous with sunshine, yellow paint spreads light around the home and uplifts the spirits by making the space feel bright and sunny.