Specifying paint colours is always more of an art than a science. What we tend to do for most projects it pick a colour for the initial design and then when it comes to fully specifying it we are insistent that we order at least 3 samples for each room. Lighting will always affect colours however it can often be very dramatic and so putting up 3 similar tones can often produce wildly different results.
On a recent project we had a slight dilemma, we had originally specified up the entire house in Dulux paints. As they have a selection of over 20,000 colours they offer a remarkable selection of whites and off whites. However, a bit of miss communication with the German house builders and we were told that we could in fact only use their own eco friendly paint...which can only be made up in colours from NCS colour system.
Well I am sorry but that just doesn't work for me, white is not just white, we went through over 50 different dulux colours on site so that we knew we would be completely happy with the end result and there is simply no way to colour match a white from one company to a white from another. I did give it a go
But as you can see the tones are ever-so-slightly off and unfortunately ever-so-slightly is more than I would be able to stand. So after many a debate we have decided to aim for perfect but not so eco-friendly and have gone with the original Dulux colours.
Have been really happy with how they have all turned out! You'll get to see more in the big reveal in a few weeks!