Tips for picking the right paint color

Tips for picking the right paint color:

Paint color palettes of different companies are a safe way to choose the color you like. However, the small surface of the color chips often isn’t enough to give you the whole picture.

The best way to choose the right color is to paint samples on the walls of the room you plan to paint.

We suggest that you apply the color you have selected on a quite large surface of the wall.

Apply two coats of paint. If you chose a more intense/darker shade apply more coats.

You can also paint samples on plasterboards (first apply a primer) and move them around the room to see how they look.

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Factors affecting color rendering:

Color rendering is affected by a series of factors (both in interior and exterior spaces), which are mostly related to light. The most important of them are:

The orientation of the openings

In interior spaces, the orientation and size of the openings can affect the rendering of the color: for example, colors in a south-facing room appear more vividly. The distance between the openings and the wall to be painted also plays a key role.

The time of the day

The position of the sun alters the intensity of light during the day, depending on the season. The difference in the intensity of light affects the rendering of the color you have chosen.

Artificial Lighting

Color is affected by the type of lighting (direct/indirect), its temperature (SI Unit: Kelvin) and its intensity (SI Unit: Lumen).

Tip! If you renovate your space, we suggest that you sample the colors after the lighting has been installed.


Materials used on large surfaces (e.g. the floor color or some intense color on the wall) indirectly reflect their hue on the walls.


Computer, tablet or mobile phone screens don’t display the colours accurately.

You will see that the same color appears differently on different screens.

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The pre-existing color

The color that already was on the wall may affect the rendering of the new paint color, especially if the new color doesn’t completely cover the old one. In this case, the pre-existing color blends with the new one and may produce a different result on different spots. This can be avoided by applying primer as base before painting.

Paint sheen

The different degrees of paint gloss refer to the different degrees of light reflection. With a gloss or satin/eggshell finish paint, the color is rendered more brightly and richly compared to a flat/matte finish paint.

Tip! The paint color palette includes matte colors. If you want to see how the gloss finish paint will actually look like, drop some water on the respective paint chip of the catalog.

Tip! High quality high gloss paint colors are harder, more stain-resistant and easier to clean. Note that due to their reflective properties they can highlight any imperfections on the wall.

Freshly painted wall

When the wall is still freshly painted the color appears darker than it really is. When it dries out, the shade is stabilized.

Color quality

Choosing paint colors from certified companies guarantees you high quality products, faithful color rendering, high coverage and a long-lasting result.

Application by a professional

To achieve correct paint color rendering, you need to trust a professional who will do the job with due care and using a correct technique.




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