Sherwin Williams Paint Samples Can Get Expensive!
Question: I know Sherwin Williams paint samples can be helpful when you need to narrow down multiple paint color options, or for people who can't visualize how the room will look painted.
But I also know that after a few samples, this can get really expensive (I personally had to buy 31 samples once, ouch!), plus all that driving back and forth to the paint store!
Is there a cheaper alternative?
Answer: Sherwin Williams paint samples cost about $5, and you get a quart of paint. Compared to most other paint manufacturers, with Sherwin Williams you get the most sample for the money.
But I do agree that even that can add up and become expensive.
So here are two ideas for you:
First, try to avoid a situation where you have to buy more than 3 paint samples. Use Sherwin Williams paint swatches to eliminate most of the color "candidates".
Here's how: study all the colors you are considering in daylight, and examine their undertones. View the colors in the context of the room (against your furniture, window drapes, wall art, carpet). Watch how the colors change during the day.
Based on your experiments, get rid of the paint chips that have an undesirable undertone, clash with your existing decor colors, or look unappealing under your home's lighting. Keep pruning until you have only 2-3 options left, then test them with Sherwin Williams paint samples.
Second, you might want to invest in the Paint Color Cheat Sheets once (the price of one gallon of paint), and use them for the rest of your life for all your present and future painting projects.
You'll get your money's worth the very first time you paint, and will never have to buy another paint sample again.