"You can never judge a paint color by the liquid color in the paint pot. You must apply it to the wall, wait for the paint to dry, and then decide."
Dorothy Draper...interior decorating doyenne and author of, Decorating is Fun!
I love paint. I love how something so easy and really very inexpensive to do, can completely change a space. And I love how paint can be manipulated through faux applications to add texture, and even architectural interest to a room.
But, oh Dorothy...if only picking out the color was so easy. And you left out one important detail: the enormous part that light, both natural and artificial, affects paint color. Although I follow your rules, it is because of light that I have trouble picking out paint; it is what turns a perfect soft cream color in morning into intensely hued and unacceptable ochre in the afternoon sun. Last week, after so many visits to Home Depot that the salespeople in the paint department began to cringe when I walked in - coming home with umpteen samples of paint to try, and doing as Dorothy advised I finally decided on the paint colors for the new family room project. I consider myself lucky this time...I only had to re-repaint two walls.
Do you have trouble with paint? Or is it just me.