Expert Advice -How To Choose A Paint Palette

How To Choose A Historical Paint Palette

The owners of this 18th-century Georgian home used a medium shade of a deep, pigment-rich color on walls, and a darker shade of the same color on trim, for a historically correct tone-on-tone effect. (Photo: Gross & Daley)

Have you ever thought you’d solved a paint scheme dilemma with one of those chips from the paint store that has four or five gradations of the same hue? You put one on the walls, another on the trim, perhaps—daringly—a third for accent. Then, before the paint’s even dry, you find yourself dissatisfied?

Working with shade and tint variations on a single color can be a tricky business, so we’ve asked a coterie of professional color experts to weigh in with tips and cautions. C.J. Hurley and Barbara Pierce offer a nationwide color consultation service in Portland, Oregon; Janet Teas is an architectural color consultant based in Zanesville, Ohio; Lou Toboz and Ron Walker operate Coryell Colors from their home in Lambertville, New Jersey.

Is it true that you can use different percentages—tints and shades of a color from the same paint card—and get radically different colors?

TOBOZ AND WALKER: Yes. Tints are just any pure color that’s been lightened by adding white. So depending on the percent of white you add, a deep purple can become lilac, or black turns to gray.

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