– Lisa Simpson
I finished sanding and priming the walls in the bedroom, and was looking forward to slapping a few paint samples on the wall. I’d followed my usual paint selection techniques, and I had three test samples to try:
- Pittsburgh Paints 206-1, Tint of Green.
- Sherwin Williams SW 6190, Filmy Green.
- Benjamin Moore HC-140, Prescott Green.
Tint of Green was a good match for an inspiration picture I’ve been loving on for awhile now. Filmy Green was a much lighter version of the color we already had (and liked). Prescott Green caught my eye on The Decorologist — a color she uses beautifully in her own home.
I was expecting to be seduced by the perfect green out of these three finalists.
I put the samples on the wall, full of anticipation, and…
…paint sample FAIL. Instead of being drawn to the most beautiful of three tempting tones, I was confronted with three colors that, while lovely in other settings, just did not look like they would work in our room. Just to complicate matters, I ran out and picked up two more samples: Benjamin Moore HC-141, Hollingsworth Green, and HC-120, Van Alen Green. Those went up as well, and then I let everything get good and dry before peeking again.
They all improved with a longer dry time (although I’m having trouble getting them to photograph with any accuracy). First day impressions:
- Prescott Green is probably out — it’s not as clean and pretty in our room as it is at the Decorologist’s place.
- Tint of Green is a pale green, but it is kind of ELECTRIC(!!!) in artificial light, so it’s probably out.
- Filmy Green…I like it…it’s a little boring…maybe boring is good? I don’t know.
- Van Alen Green and Hollingsworth Green — both bear further observation (and maybe bigger swatches).
The Kev, always helpful, says, “They are all nice.”
Why stop at five (5!) samples?! Anyone have suggestions?