Use actual paint samples, not chips
The Family Handyman
It’s difficult to tell what a color is going to look like on your wall from a small paint chip, so many manufacturers offer sample containers of their colors. Depending on the manufacturer, you can buy sample containers in quarts, pints, or even smaller sizes, and they range in price from $3 to $8. They’re a wise investment that will prevent you from wasting money on a color that isn’t right. And because colors can change dramatically under different lighting conditions, instead of rolling the sample onto the wall, roll it onto white tagboard. You’ll be able to move the sample around and view it under all the different lighting conditions in your home. Check out these 10 tips for a perfect paint job.