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Why Do Paint Colors Look Different When You Get Them on the Wall?

Posted on May 31, 2021 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

Why Do Paint Colors Look Different When You Get Them on the Wall? | D&D Painting

Have you been dreaming about repainting the interior of your home? If so, you have likely looked online, in magazines, and at the paint store for the perfect shade for your walls. Many people find what they believe to be the perfect color only to discover that it looks different once it is up on the walls. One of the reasons paint samples are available is because the way paint looks on the paint swatches at the store is not always the same way it looks up on your wall at home. Why is that? Why do paint colors look different when you get them on the wall?


The lighting in your house can impact the way the paint looks on the wall. In fact, the lighting from room to room can impact the way a color appears. In one room, the wall color may look gray but appear blue in a different room. The amount and type of artificial light impacts how the color looks. Natural light can also change the way a color shows up in a room. When you are looking at color swatches at the store, the lighting is simply different than it is at your house. Before you fully commit to a color it is important to see how it looks with the various types of lighting in your home. Paint a swatch on the wall and look at it throughout the day with the various types and amount of light. It is important for you to find a color that you love at all points during the day.

Undertones of the paint

Paint colors come with different undertones. These undertones can impact how a color looks in various situations. For example, gray paint can have a blue, green, or purple undertone. This means that hints of those colors can show up depending on the surroundings in your home. The color of the trim, the floor, and your other décor can impact how the undertones show up. Since the surroundings in your home are different than the surroundings in the paint store it is possible for the undertone of the paint to show up in a different degree once you get it home.

Mixing mistakes

Custom paint colors are mixed as needed. The process has been improved over time with the use of computer programs. The reality is that mixing mistakes are still possible when it comes to custom paint colors. The color on your wall may look different than you expected because it is different than the one you chose. If the difference seems like more than lighting or undertones it may be worth your time to have a new sample mixed.

It can be disappointing to find that your perfect color doesn’t look as good as you expected on your wall. This happens all the time! Getting paint samples can save you from buying a lot of paint that is not what you really want. Take the time to put samples on your wall so you can find the color that is right for you.

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