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    Lightbulb Paint colors seen in TOH magazine

    Readers often write to ask us the name of a particular paint color they've seen in one of the homes featured in the magazine. Usually, if we know the color, it will either be mentioned in the article or listed in the Directory at the back of the issue. But there's a hidden catch: Even if you have the color name and trot off to the paint store and find the chip, it might look substantially different from the photo on the page. That's because cameras don't always see color the way the human eye does, and on top of that, colors in magazines are often tweaked in the printing process to achieve a better image overall.

    So if you fall in love with a color from our pages and don't find it mentioned, the best tip is often just to compare chips directly to the photo itself. (To save yourself a lot of time at the rack in the store, pick up the full paint palette for that manufacturer--you can usually buy one for $15 or so.) If that doesn't quite do it, most paint stores and home centers can custom-mix a color by taking a computer "reading" directly from the photo or object you want to match.

    Final caveat: Before you commit, buy the smallest sample you can at first (a quart, usually) and test it, because you still might find it looks different when you get it home in the light of the room you plan to use it in. You can put sample patches on the wall, or get some plain white poster board and paint 2-ft squares you can move around to different walls at different times of day to test. I lived with 2-ft-sq patches of paint on my walls for months when I was picking a color for my kitchen. It amused my friends that it took so long, but what can I say, I'm picky (and lazy). And I'm very happy with what I eventually chose (Ralph Lauren, Raffia).

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    ...or you can check out TOH's Digital Designer! You can paint your rooms digitally without the mess or commitment. Have fun experimenting and when you're ready, print out digital pictures to make shopping for paint and accessories easy.

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    Default Re: Paint colors seen in TOH magazine

    Quote Originally Posted by Leslie View Post
    Final caveat: Before you commit, buy the smallest sample you can at first (a quart, usually) and test it, because you still might find it looks different when you get it home in the light of the room you plan to use it in. You can put sample patches on the wall, or get some plain white poster board and paint 2-ft squares you can move around to different walls at different times of day to test. I lived with 2-ft-sq patches of paint on my walls for months when I was picking a color for my kitchen. It amused my friends that it took so long, but what can I say, I'm picky (and lazy). And I'm very happy with what I eventually chose (Ralph Lauren, Raffia).
    Our local neighborhood hardware store sells the 3 oz. samples of Benjamin Moore colors. Very handy and cheap.

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    Default Re: Paint colors seen in TOH magazine

    While I've used our Digital Designer and other similar tools, and find them very helpful in getting an overall impression of what the room would look like and narrowing down my choices, I still need to try the REAL paint in the REAL room before I'm happy. A computer screen, no matter how many colors it uses, is still not real light. But like I said, I'm picky!

    I have a whole basketful of the Benjamin Moore samples! Love 'em. I've even used leftover ones for small crafts projects, like changing the color of a picture frame... But if you're custom-matching a color, usually the smallest size the store can mix will be a quart.

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    Default Re: Paint colors seen in TOH magazine

    hmm... ralph lauren, raffia... maybe i'll try that one... my kitchen is about 4 different squares of paint samples right now.

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