Have you ever spotted a paint color you love online and tried it in person and it doesn’t look the same? There are so many reasons this could happen. We get asked several hundred times a day “What paint color is that?!,” so we thought it would be fun to do a complete post with all the paint colors & sheens in our entire house listed on the photos to serve as a pinnable reference point.
We try really hard to make our photos as true to life as possible, but here are a few reasons why the color may vary in your house.
1. Lighting. Natural light (The direction the room faces) or light bulb color.
2. If the photographer used any sort of filter.
3. The color of the other things in the space. Carpet/flooring is a big one. Accents like hardware can also affect cabinet paint color.
4. Your phone/monitor calibration/white balance while looking at a color online.
5. Percentages of paint color. Sometimes you love the tone of a paint color, but you want it a little lighter. You can ask the paint counter to mix it at XX%. We (and most people who share their paint colors) always tell you if we don’t go full strength with a paint color, but it’s definitely a factor.
6. Time of day the photo was taken.
7. Using a different sheen.
8. Wall texture or surface paint is used on.
NOW ONTO THE PAINT COLORS!! You can pin these or reference this article in the future. As a note:
SW= Sherwin Williams BM= Benjamim Moore F&B=Farrow & Ball