Like most homeowners I never really thought much about buying paint. I went to the home improvement store, looked through the color samples, picked one I like, got a sample can and took it home. But the other day I learned that I’ve been making a huge mistake by not going to an actual paint store when I want to paint a room in my home.
I’ve been thinking about repainting my bedroom because I’m sick of the color that it’s on the walls now. It’s been the same drab gray since I bought the house. There’s a paint store on my way home from work, and the home improvement store is all the way across town. So on a whim I stopped at the paint store.
The clerk asked me if I needed help and at first I said no, because I just wanted to look at colors. But then he asked me some friendly questions like what room was I was painting and did I have any colors in mind. Just to be polite I answered his questions.
Well he turned out to be more than just making conversation. He pulled out some color sample books and design magazines to let me look through some color palettes. Then he asked me if I knew what finish I wanted. I didn’t even know there were different finish choices! He very patiently went over each type of finish with me. And then he showed me samples of different finishes in different colors so I could see the difference.
I never knew there was so much to talk about when it comes to paint. I learned so much. And in one of the color books I saw some very pretty green shades that I wanted to try. He was able to pull out samples for me in every shade of green close to the one in the book. He even made suggestions for accent colors and trim colors. Then we talked about faux finish effects. An hour later I left the store with three different sample cans in different shades of green.
I put a swatch of each color on the wall and photographed the samples in different lights so I could choose one that I liked. When I went back to the paint store he remembered me. And he helped me get exactly the right color and finish. And the paint was actually cheaper than it would have been at the home improvement store.
I’ll never go to a home improvement store for paint again. If you want to find the perfect paint and the perfect shade or color for a painting project at home take my advice and go directly to an actual paint store instead of a home improvement store. You won’t believe the difference in quality and service.