I had a little paint fiasco a few weeks ago and thought I’d share my mistake with you all so that you can learn from it! It involved repainting a room because I chose the wrong color. I don’t want you to have to paint a room twice in a week like I did, so I thought I’d give you a little advice on how to avoid that! This one painting tip will help you make the right choice the first time around! So, here’s how the story goes. I was hanging out with one of my BBFs (that’s best blogger friends!) a couple months ago at her house and fell in love with the paint color in her master bedroom and bathroom. I’ve been to her house a few times, but this time when she was showing me all the changes she’d made since our last visit, I saw that color in her bedroom and knew I wanted it in my own home! It was just the perfect calming color. I just loved it! So, I got home and quickly went out and got a color swatch of the paint color. You know, the 1×2 inch little square that’s supposed to help you decide on your paint color. Well, I got it home and I was really happy with it. I thought it was the perfect shade for my daughter’s bedroom. After a couple days of staring at the tiny square, I bought a gallon of paint and got to painting. By the time I was done, though, I knew something was off! The color wasn’t anything like what it looked like in my friend’s house. It was giving off a really blue hue in my house. Like, really blue! Don’t mind the patches on the wall…they’re gone now! I tried to live with the blue, but it just wasn’t happening for me. I wanted my daughter’s room to be fairly neutral, but the blue just looked too boyish to me. I couldn’t handle it anymore, so I started looking for a new color. The next week I was at my cousin’s house and fell in love with their paint color. Well, by now I knew I needed to change my approach because of my recent paint fail, so I asked for the paint color and then they so graciously let me take their paint can home to try a swatch on my wall before fully committing. I didn’t really want to paint this color on the wall if I wasn’t sure I was going to actually change the current paint color, so I grabbed a piece of cardboard and painted it with the new color. Then I set it up in the room in different places to try it out…it was like “try it before you buy it”! I really think this is the best thing you can do to really try out a color before you buy a full can and commit to painting the room. Paint the color on some foam board or a piece of cardboard so that you can move it around the room and see it in different lighting situations and near different pieces of furniture. When I finally decided I liked the color, I committed to repainting the room. But when I had my paint mixed, I had them mix the paint at 75% color to lower the saturation just a bit. My daughter’s room doesn’t get a ton of sunlight (even though it looks like it does in these pictures), so I didn’t want this new color to be too overpowering. When I got the paint color home I again tried it out before totally committing to repainting the room. I painted over half of the original cardboard sample. I did this to compare the colors and make sure they were similar and to make sure it was really what I wanted. I mean, I know I just invested in a can of paint, but if I decided the 75% color saturation wasn’t enough, I could go back and buy another can of 100% saturation before repainting the whole room. Thankfully, the color was exactly what I had wanted in the first place and I quickly got to painting…again! I was mad at myself for making such a swift decision the first time around and therefore having to repaint, but I learned a valuable lesson. If you’re picky about paint colors like I am, I highly suggest buying a little sample of the color(s) you’re thinking of and try it in the room first. This method will give you a way better idea of what the whole room will look like than a 1×2 inch chip would! You may not be able to see a huge difference between the old and new colors, but I can. And every time I go in that room now, I feel happy and calm! That’s worth it to me! (The new color has a green hue to it, but is still a calm gray tone.) Want to know what’s crazy about this whole thing? The color of the room now (Conservative Gray by Sherwin Williams – mixed at 75%) looks the same in my house as the original color looks in my friend’s house! It’s so weird. It was the look I was going for all along, I just needed a different color to get the same look! Isn’t that strange? So, make sure you try that “perfect” color out in your own home after seeing it in your friend’s home. All houses and lighting situations are different and paint looks different in each and every one of them! Want to share this tip? Don’t forget to Pin it! PS – more details on the headboard and DIY lamp coming next week!