How to Pick a Paint Color with Confidence

How can you pick a paint color from a one-inch square sample?

As a designer, I am adamant that rules don’t always apply in the realm of interior design. However, there are SOME rules that do UNANIMOUSLY apply to everyone across the board… professionals and novices alike.  One such example is:


I cannot stress this simple tip enough! Truly!  First, select a designer  (like me!) who has invested the time and energy into creating larger, poster board-covered paint samples. The poster board should be covered with two coats of real paint.  Paint samples printed on a piece of stock paper – rather than actually being painted -can greatly vary in color.


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Photo from The Color Coach

The best method is to have your designer help you select one or two colors that might be appropriate.  Then, for homework, go out and purchase plain white poster board.  Paint the entire poster board with the color allowing time to dry between the two coats.  Now you can use this larger paint sample to truly determine if the color is right for you.  You can also cut the painted poster board into 4ths so that you can move the color around the room easily.

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Photo from Favorite Paint Colors blog

In addition, always test your color against something white.  I place an extra piece of poster board or two behind the larger paint sample to experience the true color.  If you are still unsure, you can paint several poster boards to give you an even larger visual.  Always, however, make sure you are testing this painted poster board against a piece of white poster board to get an accurate representation of the color you are considering.

In fact, color is quite interesting when placed against white.  You are able to see the undertones you are actually working with.

Need help with a color consultation?  I am a “True Color Expert”.  Please contact me for your next color consultation at  In home and online options available.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s so Fabulous!” and COLORFUL DAY!


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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and is located at 7751 North Kings Hwy.