Picking paint is a nightmare for so many people, including me! So many paint cards, so little time!! I cannot go into a hardware store, look at the endless wall of paint swatches and pick a color. I really need to see the paint in a furnished room, magazine, or catalog to know if I like it. I swoon over the colors in Pottery Barn catalogs, which are carried at Sherwin Williams but at $50 a gallon they are too much for me! Then I discovered how people are getting Pottery Barn Paint at Home Depot Prices!
I think this is one of those decorating “secrets” that is well known by interior designers and people in the business, but something an average home owner may not know. There are two simple methods to buying those designer paint colors at home depot and lowes. Here’s what to do:
Bring Your Own Sample for Matching
The first method is pretty commonly used. Bring a paint card, paint sample or piece of a painted wall and the store associates can put it through their color matching machine. I’ve tried this a few times with some success, but this method does leave a margin for error. The associates have to custom tint the paint to get as close as possible.
Bring the Paint Number
There’s a much easier way which is also far more accurate. This seems to be a big secret of the paint industry. Home Depot and Lowes have many high end paint color formulas right in their computers! All you have to do is grab the paint color number from the catalog, website, or pinterest! I haven’t found a paint brand they can’t match, yet. They have successfully mixed Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore colors for me for around $20-$25 per gallon. Another bonus is that when Pottery Barn discontinues their colors, they are still in the computer at Home Depot and Lowes!
Here’s a Pottery Barn Paint color called Functional Gray. I purchased it at Home Depot by providing the paint number: SW 7024. I had the paint associate mix it so it was 50% lighter than the swatch.
This is one of the simplest tips I have, but also one of the most exciting. Designer colors for big box prices is just so centsible! You can find any Pottery Barn Catalog Paint Color by using this link.
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