Did your choice of paint colour scare the cat?

It can be a lot of fun mixing colours – especially if what you have on hand isn’t quite right! You can, of course, mix any proportion of any colour you like but I usually start with a ratio of one-to-one because that is the easiest to duplicate (you don’t want to run out of your custom mix half way through the project).

Probably the safest mixes are done by simply adding an equal amount of white. If you bought a colour that looked wonderful in the jar but was just too scary once it was on the dresser or some other large piece – don’t despair! Try adding a white to tone it right down and just paint right over the first coat. MUCH better – and you can wet distress to expose some of the bright colour. A LITTLE bright colour goes a long way. So, now you’ve saved the day, all that work and that scary jar of paint!

Sometimes it’s difficult to judge if the colour is just right before using it. Paint up a swatch on a piece of cardboard – it only takes a couple of minutes and just think of the time and paint you’ll save if it isn’t right.

paint a colour swatch on a piece of cardboard or paper so that you can really see how it looks


Even better,  take that sample into the room where the furniture piece will live to check out the effects of lighting and surrounding colour.  If you are trying to match the colour to an existing accent colour in your room, then have that cushion or fabric handy as well, for comparison. Most of all, trust your own eyes – you’re probably right!


Remember, it’s only paint – you can always change your mind!


Once you’ve got a handle on mixing colours with white, then mixing two different colours won’t be so intimidating. Feeling brave? Here are some that Jennifer mixed up for me and I’ll post more mixes as time goes on.


Next time I’ll share with you how to ‘grey down’ a colour – make it less intense, softer and easier to live with.

I’d love to hear (and see) about colours that you have mixed. Have a favourite combo?

  10 comments for “Did your choice of paint colour scare the cat?

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  3. Marcella
    December 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Linda is there anything that you can’t do to make it look beautiful.
    Your the best.

    • December 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Marcella! 🙂

  4. Marjolein
    November 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    So nice!

  5. November 27, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Nice colors Jen, I like them. I would never have thought about the Medieval and Anchor,, especially Nice!!
    I found the best bright, blood red so far. Mix by drop, blazer blue into red flag. I would say an 8 th of a teaspoon to 8 oz.,, its a finicky one, if you put too much in, it turns maroon 🙁
    Look forward to your blogs Linda…

    • Admin
      November 27, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Going to try that one today Brenda!

  6. Toni
    November 27, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Yahoo!!! loving it!

  7. November 26, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Looking good so far, Linda…..I’m still reading!!! ………

  8. Irene
    November 25, 2014 at 11:11 pm


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