This is why you can paint walls in an entire home with identical floors/trims the very same color but (with whites/off whites) the paint will change colors in every single room if the lighting/exposure is different – which in 99% of homes of course, the exposures are different. Look at the graphic to the right. While monochromatic color schemes are usually used for a single room, they can be … Using the same color paint on the wainscoting and the wall in different shades will make the room look larger. Colors are grouped in color schemes, such as complementary, split complementary or triad. Anonymous on Jan 14, 2015: Hi gang. You can see these color combos when you look at the color wheel, which can help you choose color pairings and proportions that will become the springboard for selecting actual paints and fabrics. Don't do these, say the pros: Mistake #1: Painting a ceiling flat white. If you don't use the same type of roller or brush that was used originally, the gloss finish will look different, even if the paint is exactly the same. Take the same can of paint and apply it to two rooms, one that receives limited natural light and another that's flooded with sunshine, and it will look and act like two different colors. Consider using different shades of the same color. Testers will be different again and each batch of the canned paint slightly different. Even some colour cards will have different shades for the same colours. If you take the same can of yellow paint and apply it to two rooms, one that receives little natural light and another that's flooded with sunshine, it will look like two different colors. Figure out both the mood you want to portray and any illusions you want to bring out from the paint colors. I ended up painting several walls with a different standard color, with the same paint from the same store. Paint color often looks very different on your wall than it does on a sample card or a small test patch. Also, if you have the paint mixed on a machine in the shop, it will be different each time. The two walls meeting at the corner are exactly the same color. Slightly different. Choosing a color isn't a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room's mood and impacts how your furniture looks. But because of shadows (based on the locations of the light sources), the left wall looks shades lighter than the right wall! Sampling paint color is essential when you would like to use just one color, as it will be a big commitment and not easily repainted. If possible, I have them put the formula label on the BOTTOM of the can where it won't get painted accidentally. If you want to make a statement and add weight to the room, paint the wainscoting a dark color and the walls a lighter color. I'm inclined to believe that there is no way to actually get an exact match. 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