15 June 2012

How not to pick a blue paint

A few weeks ago we were wrapping up the painting of our house, and I got a wild notion to paint the laundry room/mud room a lovely robin's egg blue.  After much debating, I decided on a paint chip, and had the store mix me up a gallon.


However, I completely neglected a cardinal rule for blue paints...always get a sample first!
Yes, it may be the perfect color on the chip, but blue on a wall morphs somehow into the most hideous version of itself on the walls.

When I first opened up the paint can, I was a bit worried, but thought it would be okay once I got it on the walls...WRONG.  It brightened even more, and became an electric blue I never wanted.  It was like a sunny day at the ocean.  Not quite the egg shell blue I was hoping for.


I painted one coat along the walls, and it just got worse.  Even Mr. Pickup and our contractor commented on how bright it was...not good.

So, I tried to tone the paint down by adding some of the grey color from the rest of the house.  I'd used about a 1/3 of the paint for the first coat, and added almost that much of the grey/beige.


As I started painting the second coat, I was afraid I'd put in too much of the other paint.


However, as it dried and brightened, it mellowed into a lovely shade of robin's egg blue.


The moral of the story?  Find your perfect blue, then go down about 2 shades into the "greys" of that tone, and you'll have it just about right.


9 happy thoughts:

Byrdi said...

Also do the same for yellows. Pick a shade you like and go down two.

Impera_Magna said...

...been there, done that....

My rule of thumb is to pick the color you want, then go one shade lighter....

Gisela Suski said...

This happened ti my son with the blue and he ended up doing the room gray.

Melissa said...

I've painted rooms in blue grey and they end up look the most delicate room - loved them...

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Great tips and perseverence. Two of our rooms are done in different blues. The lighting in the room made a huge impact on how the colour displayed on the wall.

Tiffany said...

Outtakes are always my favorite posts. glad it finally worked out.

Michele Pacey said...

It all worked out in the end. It looks great now Chris!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Happy to hear you were able to get the shade you wanted, even if it took a little extra work :) The house is looking gorgeous.

Stephanie said...

Yikes! It was glowing wasn't it? Yes, go with your own advice and get a sample pot, saves a lot of headaches. I even paint a board with the color and hold it up in all areas of the room to see how it will look. Glad to see that you got the paint to calm down, it looks fantastic.

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