Episode 873

Published on:

27th Jan 2023

Working With Color: The White Paper Trick


Nothing changes how a room feels the way paint can–a new color on the wall changes everything. You just want to make sure it’s the right color . . . so it changes everything in the right direction. I’m Dan Hansen and this is a Minute at RepcoLite.

We’ve been talking about some tips and tricks to employ when working with color in your decorating. Here’s another one: when you’re looking at a color on a paint chip, grab a sheet of white paper and set it next to the color you’re thinking about. 

Colors on a color chip are usually surrounded by lighter and darker versions. And often, our brain is tricked into thinking that the top color on a color chip is almost an off white. Often, when we hold that chip up to white paper, we realize that even that first color–the lightest one on the chip–is very strong. And that helps us put the color we’re thinking–the one 3 shades down on the chip–into perspective. Comparing your intended color to white will help you determine how much color is in there. And that will help you make better decisions. That’s one trick. We’ll talk about more tomorrow. I’m Dan Hansen and that’s a Minute at RepcoLite.


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