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. I'm inclined to believe that there is no way to actually get an exact match. As for gloss finish, it's important to finish your brush strokes in the same direction or it will look flat compared to brush strokes painted in other directions. Colors are grouped in color schemes, such as complementary, split complementary or triad. Anonymous on Jan 14, 2015: Hi gang. Look at the graphic to the right. Testers will be different again and each batch of the canned paint 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. Also, if you have the paint mixed on a machine in the shop, it will be different each time. Slightly different. As you select colors for each room of your house, keep in mind that light changes the appearance of any given color. The two walls meeting at the corner are exactly the same color. Consider using different shades of the same color. 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. Even some colour cards will have different shades for the same colours. But because of shadows (based on the locations of the light sources), the left wall looks shades lighter than the right wall! 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. 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. 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. Don't do these, say the pros: Mistake #1: Painting a ceiling flat white. If possible, I have them put the formula label on the BOTTOM of the can where it won't get painted accidentally. 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. 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. Figure out both the mood you want to portray and any illusions you want to bring out from the paint colors. 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