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5 sampling tips to help you choose a paint color you love

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Sampling paint colors in your home is an essential step to making sure you'll love the paint color you choose. But until now, the process for testing paint samples has always been a pain. You’ve probably been there before: Back and forth to the paint store, confused by a sea of paint chips, then back home to paint a Tetris-like series of paint swatches on your wall that you live with for weeks while you decide on the perfect color. We know the struggle is real, so we've simplified the entire paint shopping experience including the way you sample paint colors.

Enter the peel & stick paint swatch

Say goodbye to teeny tiny paint chips and messy sample pots. Our genius Perfect Color Swatch let you sample our curated paint colors in an instant - just peel & stick! No more manual labor and you don’t have to spend your time literally watching paint dry. Our swatches are also far more accurate than the old school method of painting swatches over your existing color, so you can be certain that what you see is what you get. We like to call it pain-free, paint-free color sampling! Even though we’ve made finding your perfect color easier with curated colors and hassle-free paint swatches, there are still some important things to consider to help you pick the perfect paint color every time.

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Here’s how to choose a paint color you’ll love

1. Be aware of the colors around your space

The number one thing you should know is that color is like an optical illusion and color perception can be tricky. What looks good in one space, might look completely different in another, depending on the lighting, and what other colors are in the room. That’s because color is perceived in context. A white living room overlooking a row of brick buildings may take on a reddish tint, for instance, while a master bedroom facing a cool blue pool is destined to look a little blue at some point during the day. Look to find colors that compliment or balance out any contextual hues that may be in your space.

2. View your color at different times of day

The amount of natural light in your space, and the direction it’s coming from can also impact the way color is perceived. Check out our tips on how to pick a color based on the direction of your light source here, and make sure you love your color both under daylight and in the evening when the sun is down and the artificial lights are on in your home.

3. Ensure a cohesive design scheme

Before you stick your paint swatch onto your wall, hold it up alongside the furnishings and other decor elements in your space to make sure you like how they all jive together.

As a general rule of thumb, warmer colors (like beige or golden hues) are a good fit for more traditional styles; cooler colors (think: cool neutrals or gray) are worth considering if your style is more modern.

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4. Move it around!

Move your paint swatches around (they’re designed to be repositioned and won't damage your walls!) to see which color resonates most and how each one will look both in the brightest and the dimmest parts of your rooms.

5. Trust your gut

Ultimately, go with your gut. Color is all about creating a mood, and being thoughtful about how you want to feel when you come home each day.

Need help choosing a paint color?

Try Clare Color Genius - our two minute quiz with a few quick questions that will recommend the perfect paint color for your space. It’s like having an interior designer to guide you!

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