How to Match a Paint Color Without a Sample

The best solutions don’t involve taking a picture on your phone.

It’s an all too familiar problem: when your home is in need
of a paint touch up, you can’t remember the name of the perfect shade you
picked out years before. And since you can’t bring your wall with you to the
hardware store, you aren’t sure how you’ll ever match your paint to apply a
fresh coat.

Fortunately, recently highlighted a few possible solutions to this common problem. One is to find a spool of thread that best matches your color. While taking a picture of your wall on your phone fails to capture the exact shade of your paint, a spool of thread has the ability to match the true depth and tone of your color. There are also smartphone apps—including Behr ColorSmart and Benjamin Moore Color Capture—specifically designed to solve the issue of a missing paint sample.

Another way to ensure you buy the right paint is to take a sliver of the top coat off your wall. Scott Specker of Five Star Painting of Central Georgia told, “An easy way to match your existing paint color is to simply take a knife and peel off the top layer of paint.” He continued, “If you take that piece into any local home improvement store, they should have computerized color-matching technology that can assess your paint and tell you its exact color.”

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