read

What Is a Color Brush Out?

By Arana Craftsman Painters

A question we often get asked is: "Do you do color brush outs?"

YES. We do!

What is a Brush Out?

A brush out is when your painter takes samples of the colors you are considering and paints them directly on the surface for you so you can see how they will interact with that surface, and how light affects the color throughout the day. Even light bouncing off the floor affects how a color reads.

We find that sometimes our clients need almost-life-sized samples to get a sense of what the final result is going to look like. This is one way we can help people choose!

IMG_0231

How big is a brush out sample?

Often we go with a 2ft x 2ft square.

In the images on this post, as you can see, the colors the client is deciding between are not that far apart from each other in terms of tone. This type of choice can be particularly challenging.

The brush-out helps them compare and contrast, and make a better choice!

And yes, we will prime right over those samples before painting the room, so that the final result is clean and even.

Option B is to do brush outs on a card, which doesn’t give the same surface-interaction, but is close enough, and bonus, you can move it around the room to see the light in different areas.

IMG_0229

However (are you still with us? This is pretty nerd-level detail…) we prefer painting directly on the wall, especially in older homes where walls often have a texture to them which causes the color to read a little differently.

How can we help you have the best experience with hiring a painting contractor for your home’s interiors and exteriors? Contact us to learn more about our full-service offerings.

 

And see these articles on our blog for more information on choosing paint colors:

10 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

Selecting the Right Shade of White for Your Interiors: Designers Weigh In

Choosing Paint Colors Using Feng Shui

Example of an Exterior Painting Palette from Color Consultant, Cass Morris

 

Tags: FAQs interior painting, Interior design tips, how to choose paint colors for your home, interior painting

Related Articles

Unique Holiday Gifts

The holidays are a great time to celebrate those around us. But let’s just say we here at Arana would not blink an eye if you took these

( read )

Topics: FAQs interior painting, Interior design tips, how to choose paint colors for your home, interior painting

Holiday De-Lights

At this time of year, no matter what culture or lineage, celebrations usually involve some version of making the darkness lighter (at least

( read )

Topics: FAQs interior painting, Interior design tips, how to choose paint colors for your home, interior painting

Contact Us