The DIY Network (thank you for writing about my chair!) has a commercial running that suggests painting colors on a poster board and then moving them from room to room. Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence recommended a similar concept with foam board. It is a great idea for sure. I hear Sherwin Williams even has very large swatches that you can order if you call them. This trick allows the colors to not mess up your pretty walls and makes them portable. Let’s see how well it works.
I tried a few recommended Benjamin Moore paint colors in our office in the yesterday’s post and decided that I liked BM’s Senora Gray. I also like Behr’s Sandstone Cliff. It’s similar to Senora Gray that I liked in the last post, but a tiny bit more beige and maybe a hair lighter. It also has a very slight green undertone, like Senora Gray, but it’s not very visible.
Let’s take a closer look at it on the wall when compared to BM’s Senora Gray, but let’s try the poster board trick along with it.
The paint does make the poster board a little soggy, but not bad.
Can you see how the same color can look a tad different on the white poster board than on a wall that is painted a color other than white? In person, the Sandstone Cliff looked more beige on the poster board and more gray on the actual wall.
The Senora Gray looked just a little different. A tad more beige on poster board.
If you can’t tell, the Sandstone Cliff is basically just a lighter version of the Senora Gray. They work very well together. We may use both, in different rooms of the house.
We carried the poster board around the house to look at it in warm light, cool light and natural light. The color it was painted on (white poster board versus current wall color) made as much of an impact as the lighting! In person, it’s a bigger difference than I was able to capture in these images.
Something to note for sure. So, though painting on poster board is a good idea, ultimately, you need to paint the sample color on your wall before you decide, unless you plan to prime the wall in white before painting.
And, now, let’s look at the poster boards in my family room, on the mantle so we can see it in a different light and what difference that makes.
The Senora Gray is on the left and the Sandstone Cliff is on the right. The Sandstone Cliff (Behr) looks very beige in here. So, lighting also matters.
And, below, with the front poster board (Sandstone Cliff) just moved behind the candlestick holder, it already looks more gray! So, lighting, folks… even slight changes can make an impact.
It’s subtle, but the color is a little different on the white poster board (and paint swatch) than on the wall when it’s painted over the current beige wall color. .
So, in conclusion, the poster board worked great, though you will want to consider the color you are painting over on your walls and if it’s not white, try the paint on it first, before deciding.
Within a couple of hours, I purchased paint samples to try, had paint on the wall, paint on poster boards and was able to determine the best shades for my home. Hopefully with this series, you can too! I posted a list of paint colors suggested by design bloggers (by brand) a couple of days ago to get you started on choosing a greige. Check it out!
What greiges are you trying? Do you have any tips? Does the poster board trick work well for you?