I’m not ashamed to say I agonized over those color choices. And I’m proud of how they turned out.
That’s not to say that every paint decision I make is one I’m thrilled to share. I do all the necessary legwork, painting test areas in parts of the room with different light and admiring those blocks of color during different parts of the day. That’s saved me from an accidental lavender and off-putting peach-y taupe a time or two. Downside: Doing that is a decent amount of work, and it takes a decent amount of time.
If you’re in something like my line of work, or you’re just a Nashville-area homeowner who likes to paint a lot, you can probably relate. Which is why I’m sharing a local company I just stumbled on that might save us all some time and annoyance: Samplize.
The company makes hand-painted color sample decals in different sizes, with peel-and-stick, non-damaging adhesive backing, so you can smooth a 12”x12” or 24”x24″ block of your chosen color on your walls, even wrapping it around corners, and be able to see it as it’ll actually look, without picking up a paintbrush or waiting for paint to dry.
What sold me on it: These aren't printed or otherwise faked; they pre-paint the decals with two coats of color in your chosen finish (Flat, Velvet, Eggshell, Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss), and carry color options from the paint brands I go to again and again (Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Dunn Edwards).
The price isn’t far off from grabbing a paint sample, either — smaller blocks are $4.95, the larger ones are $6.95.