How To Try A Paint Color Without Painting Or Buying Samples –
I shared a picture on Instagram last night on a whim, asking for interior front-door color suggestions. I later shared it on Facebook too, for y’all who don’t do Insta. (on a side note, those are great places to follow me for little tidbits and check-ins. Things that don’t warrant an entire blog post, day-to-day stuff, etc… )
Well, you never disappoint, and there were some great suggestions!! One gal even suggested a cinnamon red color, which funnily enough, was the shade the door was when we bought the house! It didn’t look too bad at the time either, because the fireplace brick was a similar color.
I did the cottage-y green color a few years ago, and long before we installed the new wood floors. It’s pretty neutral so it wasn’t much of a problem, but I got the itch to do a quick-change the other day and it’s the prefect, do-able project to tackle before I leave on my trip (you can read about that here).
After the show, and trying to recover from the aftermath, I didn’t want to tear into anything too big before I take off… but I have been ITCHING to get my DIY on!!!! Bad.
I knew painting the door would be the perfect scratch, plus it was already on my to-do list.
After getting so many color suggestions, thank you again for that, I recalled a great feature that Sherwin Williams has, called the Color Visualizer. I uploaded the same exact picture I showed you, got comfy, and got to painting my door every color imaginable, without buying samples… or lifting a brush.
What I started with:
If you like the current color, I’ve no idea what it is. I used Oops paint. Sorry!
Here are a few of the colors I tried with the Color Visualizer
I got a lot of suggestions for the color in the pillow & rug in the photo, so I tried a similar gold, Anjou Pear.
Everyone is in love with AQUA! I got a lot of votes for it.
I tried Lagoon.
And Peacock Plume. (which I am crazy about!)
Even though the door was already a color from the green family, there were some celery & sage color suggestions so I played around and found this pretty, fresh green called Sheraton Sage.
I actually have this color in the Matte paint line, it’s called Hopeful.
It looks better in person. The lighter colors tended to have a little bit of a neon’ish quality going on.
Here it is in my home, on some old salvaged wood I was playing around with.
I think Hopeful is a perfect balance of pink & coral.
I also saw calls for light, to a dark charcoal gray, so I tried on Classic French Grey.
And then, we had Dear Lillie lovers calling for BLACK! This is Tricorn Black.
The exterior of the door is black right now.
We’ve got a coco body, with bright white trim, the black front door and black shutters. I adore it. In fact, when we painted the little cottage, we had it done to match.
As you can see, the program filled in my door great! In only two clicks. After I indicated the section I wanted painted… it was a simple drag & drop to change colors!
Just thought you might find it useful as well. I know picking a new paint color can be daunting and sucks up a lot of time, just on the deciding. I still suggest a sample or two, but if this helps you narrow it down. Super!!
I’ll share the new door color as soon as I get a few rays of sunshine and some pictures snapped!!
I painted it the same night!!
I couldn’t wait.
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