When you're painting your home and have some colors that you really like, such as when you are repainting one of the rooms of your home or even when you are re-painting the exterior of your home, you could come to have the need to match the old colors of your home.
There are ways that you should be able to match the new colors with the old colors, meaning the ways to make sure that the new color you are going to use to paint your home should match the color that was there, at least to some extent.
With that being the case, here are five techniques for matching colors when painting your home in Coppell, TX.
1. Use Your Eyes And Best Judgement
There's such a thing as matching colors perfectly, and then there's such a thing as doing your best to match the colors you had with what is available out there.
After all, even if you do your best there's the possibility that the color you had on or in your home just doesn't exist anymore, as it were, as it may have very well been some sort of proprietary tint that the paint maker wanted to sell exclusively, and they could very well not sell paint anymore or at least not that particular color.
Sometimes all you can do is to look at the color or colors that were there and then head to the paint store and do your best to match the colors.
2. Take A Picture
Another technique that you can use to match the colors is to use a camera, whether it's an analog or digital camera or even the camera app that comes built in on your average smart phone.
More specifically, you are going to want to use the camera in order to take photos of the paint color that you are trying to match in action -- whether it is on the exterior of your home or if it is on your kitchen cabinets.
By doing this you'll be able to take the pictures to a paint store and get a paint that comes close in matching the color.
3. Use An App
There are apps available for you when you have certain kinds of smart phones that will be able to use the built in camera on the phone to analyze the color that you want to match.
The app will generally analyze the color and then use a color matching technology to find the kind of paint that it believes that it is looking at and the brand name that it believes is the matching color.
Some apps also will directly allow you to find stores where you would be able to buy the paint.
4. Scrape Some Paint
Though it is not an ideal option, you could always scrape a little bit of the paint off of the area where you are looking to repaint and take the sample into the paint store where you intend on buying the paint that will be matching the old color.
The store in theory will be able to take your sample and run it in a machine that will analyze it and show you the kind of paint that you will need to match the older paint job.
5. Bring Home Samples
The last thing you can try if you don't want to go for the other options is to just bring home a few paint samples that seem close enough, and use them until you have your match.
The good thing about paint samples is that they are relatively inexpensive and will give you a good idea of how colors will look under different light conditions.
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