Last week I posted some samples from Devine Color that I was thinking of using for my kitchen (and potentially elsewhere in my house). This past weekend I made up some sample boards using a few Benjamin Moore colors that I thought might work even better. These samples were also courtesy of Hirshfield's (with no strings attached).
No, I still haven't gotten around to stripping the wallpaper backing from my walls, so I again tried these out on tag board. The benefit to this is I can more easily try out a whole bunch of colors. This is especially important when you are picky like me and choosing a potentially difficult color like aqua.
Here are the colors I sampled.
Row 1 (from left to right):
Row 2 (from left to right, but potentially mixed up):
You can buy Benjamin Moore paint samples online, but I'd recommend finding a retailer near you. There's something to be said for getting that in-person attention and advice. Hirshfield's didn't ask me to write this, but their Uptown location was one of my first stops after I closed on my house. I had done my research online, but the folks at the shop were great at helping me choose the tools I needed to get my home painted properly with the paints I chose. I bought a lot of paint that first day and they recommended their Color Club so that I could get discounts. They also keep track of my color choices in their computer so that if I ever needed to touch it up, I could always find out just what shade of pink I used in my bedroom.
OK, back to the paint samples. I think I have a winner in this bunch. Tropicana Cabana is very appealing, as you can see in this cute kitchen. However, it might be too much POW with my not updated kitchen cabinetry, so I'm currently leaning toward either Jamaican Aqua or Florida Aqua. The other two were too baby blue for my liking. My next step is to get rid of the wallpaper backing and then sample the contenders on the wall.