trying to colour match - grrrrrrr

i've never before had colouring matching so frustrating (although choosing a colour is always tricky too).

i want to paint the chimney breast the same colour as the tiles inlaid in the cast iron fireplace ... so ... get out the colour charts, match it perfectly, buy the tinted tin and paint ...

only - the paint colour is nothing like the tiles. check the paint colour by putting a dab from the tin on the chart and let it dry. exactly the same colour. put the chart and dab up to the tiles to check. exactly the same colour. but colour on the wall is completely different ...

very frustrating.

oh - and i did i tell you again how much i loooooooove flexible gap filler?
 
Friends of ours tried to match a deep purplish blue vase to paint their kitchen with. Colour match place was hopeless and they got navy instead. Then they complained the kitchen was too dark and you couldn't see a thing when you were preparing food.

They eventually painted the kitchen with a tin of cheap mistint - quite a light beige :rolleyes:

Maybe you should just get a complementary colour or a paler shade of the 'same' and not try to match it exactly!
 
What is the colour? there is some tricks to them. eg Yellow becomes a lot brighter when it is a large space rather than a small space ( such as a colour swatch) I think grey becomes lighter when it is painted in a greater mass. Grab about 10 colour swatches, tape them together and it will be more accurate.
 
it's a red base, so i'll have to have an experiment with the undercoat colours and see what works ... it just looks a heck of a lot brighter in the tin too.
 
I took a photo of my house, then opened it up in Photoshop and selected a CMYK colour that I wanted to use for the trim around the windows.

I then went to H&D hardware as they were close to where I live and asked them to create the CMYK colour but they didn't even know what CMYK is, they tried to mix up something else instead but it's nothing like what I wanted. So I plan to go to a proper paint shop soon and get the right colour. It's my own fault for thinking a hardware shop would be able to mix colours even if they have all the paint mixing equipment there.:rolleyes:
 
i've never before had colouring matching so frustrating (although choosing a colour is always tricky too).

i want to paint the chimney breast the same colour as the tiles inlaid in the cast iron fireplace ... so ... get out the colour charts, match it perfectly, buy the tinted tin and paint ...

only - the paint colour is nothing like the tiles. check the paint colour by putting a dab from the tin on the chart and let it dry. exactly the same colour. put the chart and dab up to the tiles to check. exactly the same colour. but colour on the wall is completely different ...

very frustrating.

oh - and i did i tell you again how much i loooooooove flexible gap filler?

some paint colours need to have a different colour undercoat before the top coat to get the colour right ,i had to paint a wall a certain colour and undercoated with white ,came out nothing like the swatch ,repainted with a grey undercoat and spot on ,go to a specialist colour centre where they know about paint and ask
 
it's a red base, so i'll have to have an experiment with the undercoat colours and see what works ... it just looks a heck of a lot brighter in the tin too.

Hi Lizzie

I usually paint my front doors a deep red. To get the desired colour I have to use a very thick dark grey undercoat (2 coats), otherwise colour is crap.

Sunshine
 
the tin says a white undercoat - but having done such today, and it's way too bright, i suspect i'll have to use a grey.
 
you won't believe it ... i pulled out the dregs of a zirkon red tin that i've been carting around 3 different houses over the last 5 years, thinking i'll give it a go and slapped some on the front door (front doors HAVE to be red).

perfect match to the tiles! typical

i'll now take the other tin back and see if they can tint it up again for me.
 
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