First, yes, Autumn Haze by Glidden IS what we have in our living room and like I mentioned before, most of our house, upstairs and down.
Because our basement is so dark and there's only one large window in the family room space, the Autumn Haze DOES tend to look a tad bit creamier/darker down there, than up stairs where there's LOTS of natural light all the time. This doesn't bother me at all, but just a heads up for those of you painting rooms without great natural lighting.
Secondly, yup, we ALWAYS purchase samples of the paint we're thinking of using and test it out with large swatches on the wall(s) first. It ain't so glamorous, it's sometimes time consuming and absolutely creates a few extra trips to the store... but DEFINITELY the smartest and most crucial step in the "paint picking process".
You may ask, what's happened in the past when we've invested in painting the wrong color?... well, frustration of course... but usually never about the expense of the paint, as much as about the time and energy wasted painting, just to realize you HATE the way the color looks in your space. Ugh... that's the worst feeling ever! So before you get completely set on a color at your local hardware store, research out some helpful tools like the My Image Inspiration or Color My Room Tool over at MyColortopia. Using resources like these, along with taking the extra time to test out different colors directly on your wall, will save you tons of painting drama.
Lastly, it's true, we cut-in and edge more than we tape.
Every time I post a picture of us painting anything, it never fails, one of the first comments is, "How are you doing that without tape?" or "Don't you guys need to tape the space off first!?".
Alright, the real secret, is mastering the cutting-in technique, which you can see below in this Show Me How Glidden video.
Also, using a few choice tools for the job makes painting go SO MUCH faster!
Honestly, I know that picking paint can seem somewhat intimidating at first, but if you go in with a plan, it's much easier to tackle.
- Decide what shade you want to paint your room.
- Stop by your local paint or hardware store and pick out a few swatches of your chosen shade that catch your eye.
- Bring those home FIRST, and hang them up. Do you like the way they look? If yes, then invest in getting small samples of the few colors you're debating on, go home and paint large swatches on the wall and live with them for a few days.
- If you're still having a hard time deciding, simply Google your paint color in an image search. You'll be amazed at how many different pictures of rooms will pop up with that exact one! This can sometimes give you a really good idea of what the finished outcome will look like.
In the end, the best thing about paint, is that it's ALL fixable! Think about it like getting your hair done. Bad hair color is ALWAYS manageable, right?... a bad haircut on the other hand - notsomuch.
Seriously though, you're not tearing down a wall or ripping up flooring... it's JUST PAINT, go for it!