There are several tools available to help guide you to the perfect color selection. There are exterior color visualizer’s that allow you to upload photographs of your home. There are fan decks and color swatches that supply examples of colors. You can even purchase interior paint samples to apply. All will help while you’re in the decision-making process, but there is another tool that could help you along the way!
What You’re Not Seeing in Your Paint Swatches
The benefit of choosing top interior or exterior paint manufacturers doesn’t stop with quality products. The research and development that comes with a quality product offer a few extras. Top paint companies also have data on the color selections offered. This data lets you know which colors will need a primer, if the color is subject to fade and the (LVR), which is short for light reflection value. This value supplies a number identifying how much light a color will reflect. With this data, you obtain the ability to determine how light or dark a color is. Light reflection starts as 0, which is the darkest and 100 being the brightest. This is extremely useful whether you’re considering interior or exterior painting colors. In the process of choosing colors the question of a color being too light or dark almost always arises. This is where light reflection value will help.
Light reflection value is a very important tool to use. However, not all manufacture’s supply customer with this information. Light reflection, weather primer is necessary, fade resistance and whether it is neutral are all important questions that should be answered. Other critical factors that will determine cost and satisfaction are coverage, durability and the overall tone the color sets in the area. Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore both have systems that help identify these values. There are small indicators on each fan deck. But first, you must know how to use it. That is where a professional comes in and really helps you understand how to choose colors.