Using Test Boards


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Using Test Boards

Posted 06/12/2017
Sampling Test Boards

Color SamplerA test board allows you to sample paint colors in different situations, like corners.

Paint color can transform and revitalize your home.  Sampling the color first in the intended space ensures the color will create the desired effect.  Rather than painting directly on the wall, use test boards to avoid regrettable painting mistakes.  Diamond Vogel offers Color Sampler, a quart size sample of color from our ColorEssentials Collection; it allows you to test out colors without the commitment of a gallon of paint.

Advantages of Using a Test Board

  • Avoid time constraints. A test board allows you to paint colors without the obvious markings on your wall.  You may have time set aside to paint your walls completely, but unexpected commitments may require you to stray from your unfinished wall. Avoid obvious signs of the incomplete project by keeping ideas scaled down to test boards.
  • Ability to move.  A test board has the advantage of being mobile.  Test the paint in multiple lighting situations by moving the test board around the room. View the test board behind draperies, behind the couch, in corners, next to windows and around all surface areas.  This will give you an idea if colors contrast or complement and give you confidence in your decision.
  • Shopping partner.  Once you have dutifully selected the perfect paint color, you can bring the actual painted color to a store to pair with accessories. The test board gives you a realistic impression of the color in your room, rather than a paint swatch that may not match the color or scheen perfectly. Transform the room from drab to fab with coordinating accessories that will highlight your carefully selected color choice.

    Have you used a test board? Were your resulting color choices surprising?