Jenny Douglas is a Craig & Rose colour consultant and shares her top tips for getting the most out of a sample pot. Some simple things can really help to ensure that the testing process enables you to make a final decision on a paint colour for any room.
Purchase a couple of similar tones to help ensure you've picked the right one for the space.
Don't paint the colours close to each other on one surface. The colours will talk to each other and impact the way you see each one.
Paint your sample on to a piece of loose lining paper or a piece of board. This will allow you to move the colour around the room so that you can see how changing light affects the colour.
Paint out a large area and two coats of each paint in order to fully appreciate the true colour.
Leave a clean border around the painted area to provide separation from any existing finishes in the room.
We would advise not to test out the colour on patterned or textured wallpaper as the detail can often conflict with the new colour.
Sit the painted panel close to other items and accessories that will be in the room to see how they work together.
Once you have made a decision, use our handy paint calculator to work out how much paint you will need.