LPT: When choosing a new paint color, paint a sample and look at it in morning, afternoon, and evening lighting. Colors vary widely throughout the day and can appear warmer in the morning, cooler in the afternoon, and change completely in the evening based on your home’s artificial lighting.

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I used to work at a paint counter and there was always customers getting disappointed because their lighting made the color they picked appear differently. One lady was so mad her brown paint looked purple on her wall. But in the store we examined it and it did not look that way there.


On that note, also a good idea to view when using both warm white vs daylight bulbs, can make a big difference in sections/rooms with few windows


It’s so weird. I work in a bot factory babysitting a fabric cutting bot, anyway while the fabric is i in the bot the colours look all the same because of the artificial lighting but as soon as it goes out side the difference between the fabric batches becomes obvious in the sunlight and also the different fabrication bays have different lights that change how the colour looks.


What Bauhaus or BestBuy or HomeDepot does not have a counter in their paint section where you can test your paint under certain lights? Isnt this like… Common knowladge?


Agreed for the most part … but just an FYI people who paint professionally sort of roll their eyes at those samples clients put on their walls.. art students learn very early about the relativity of color, how it is never a fixed constant. Once the sample is scaled up for entire wall surface, it will almost certainly appear differently because it will no longer be seen along with the previously existing color anymore. The relationship between that color as it appeared in the sample and the rest of the room will have changed. If yet another color was introduced to the equation- a stripe, or accent wall or dado line/ chair rail for example- it will appear slightly different again. Every color you see is ‘relating’ to every other color in your scope of vision. Sort of like matter in quantum physics, the color will be different depending on how it is observed. Also as an aside, people tend to use a POS brush to apply the paint sample themselves, and leave horrendous looking tool marks usually at a major focal point on the wall, which then makes the nice craftsperson have to lots of extra prep work to undo. Just saying…. keep the paint as two dimensional as possible ( that’s a whole different LPT tho)