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A Real-Life Review of Sampling Paint Colours with SAMPLIZE

Posted on March 27, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

 

The Paint Sampling Tool that Will SAVE Your Paint Lovin’ Life – SAMPLIZE!

Are you tired of sampling paint? Are your walls a hot mess of paint blotches and paper samples the size of a postage stamp? I get it. Because while I am a colour consultant, I ALSO spend a lot of time sampling paint colours for my own home and it can be EXHAUSTING. I mean, nothing a glass or five two of wine can’t help with, but still…

(BTW, at the end of this blog post, you’ll find a link to my YOUTUBE channel with a review of SAMPLIZE in action, but read this first!)

The best way to sample and pick paint colours. Samplize review. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Seriously. When was the last time you saw me promote a product? #never. Sure, I talk incessantly about Benjamin Moore, Ryan Reynolds and Sherwin Williams, but Lord knows they don’t pay me anything to do that – I pay myself in wine, Doritos and personal high-fives (true). So, if I’m here to actually PROMOTE a product that has an affiliate link (which means I make a small percentage of every sale), you KNOW that it must be a pretty big friggin’ deal. That’s how serious I am about this, it has friggin’ LIT MY LIL’ COLOUR LOVIN’ WORLD UP, and I bet it will make your paint picking life a heck of a lot easier and more affordable.

And SAMPLIZE IS a big deal, but what exactly IS it?

SAMPLIZE is a peel-and-stick paint sample that you can apply RIGHT to your wall – NO messy paint pots, NO poster boards, NO sloppy rollers and brushes and NO twitching uncontrollably in the corner. Just sticky, removable, reusable paper in today’s TOP BRANDS.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS, BENJAMIN MOORE, FARROW & BALL

And you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to try it.

Paint colour review of tool Samplize, peel and stick samples. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Home Depot. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

What are the benefits of using SAMPLIZE?

IT’S AFFORDABLE

The average sample pot is $9.99 to $13.99. Add in a roller/tray/canvas and you’re at approx $15 per sample, plus your blood, sweat and many many tears.

SAMPLIZE samples cost $5.99. That’s it. And shipping is FREE with a $15+ order.

IT’S EASY

I can’t TELL you how many times I’ve driven back and forth to the paint store, wanting to try just one more sample…(I do have a small fetish though).

SAMPLIZE delivers TO YOUR DOOR within 1-3 business days*. SERIOUSLY. YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO PUT PANTS ON!

*Unless you’re in Canada, like me, in which case there is a shipping charge and it takes up to two weeks. But, if you aren’t in a hurry, it’s WELL worth it.

IT’S MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY THAN SAMPLE POTS

You don’t need to be a tree-hugger to know that sampling paint the traditional way isn’t exactly ‘environmentally-friendly’. With some sample pots, you can actually cover 75 sq ft of wall space (and it’s not the high-quality stuff they’re using in these pots). I mean, I did this for years and it worked, but I knew how wasteful it was. And besides, we’re PROGRESSING PEOPLE. So, unless you’re a person who needs to see a colour on a super large scale, I highly recommend making the switch.

Tips for Using SAMPLIZE for Sampling Paint Colours

1. TAPE UP WHITE PAPER AROUND YOUR SAMPLE

Your old paint colour will 100% influence your perception of the NEW paint colour. A bit of white around the edges helps to create a more neutral base to judge your samples by.

2. MOVE IT ONTO DIFFERENT WALLS, VIEW IT IN DIFFERENT LIGHTING

One of the most IMPORTANT tips when sampling paint is to MOVE your sample around – different walls, different lighting, day/nite. And the great thing about SAMPLIZE is that you can move it dozens of times – I tested it to see HOW MANY TIMES I could move it and I literally could’ve gone on and on (kind of like when I’m talking).

3. PEEL IT OFF WITH TWO HANDS

I’m showing you this first photo as my hair looks GREAT and to show you how NOT to take SAMPLIZE off the wall.

Paint colour review of tool Samplize, peel and stick samples. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Home Depot. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Seriously though, if you want to move your sample to different walls with no muss n’ fuss, the two-handed approach (also helpful when drinking wine) makes for an easier, wrinkle-free transition, as shown in this next photo…

Paint colour review of tool Samplize, peel and stick samples. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Home Depot. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Here are some key places to place your sample:

  • Beside trim work
  • On the wall behind main furniture pieces
  • Next to finishes like fireplace stone and backsplash tile
  • What RARELY works is to put your paint sample floating in the middle of the wall. Samples really need a frame of reference for you to judge them by

You CAN’T put your SAMPLIZE sample on its backing again. Or you can, but it’s painful, so once you peel that bad boy off, you’re committed. Don’t be afraid to simply tape it on the wall for the first few rounds, especially when you’re looking at multiple samples. Then, once you narrow things down you can take the backing off.

For a break from my face, let’s take a peek at my cute assistants/daughters, Cassie and Maggie. Hey, I’ll take free child-labour whenever I can get it.

review of paint sampling tool Samplize

Review of Samplize paint sampling ideas

3. POUR A GLASS OF WINE

That’s right. Picking paint colours is WAY easier when you have a bottle and a funnel of wine glass of wine by your side! Because not only does WINE making sampling paint more fun – SAMPLIZE makes sampling paint more fun!

And I bet you have MORE questions about this product – in which case, they have a great FAQ’S page for you to check out.

Not sure which paint colours to order?

Check out my E-Books and Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

OR check out the READ MORE section below!

Online paint colour consultant Benjamin Moore Sherwin Williams, Vancouver Island, USA, UK. Interior, exterior, edesign colors. Kylie M Interiors, blogger marketing

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Comments

  1. I just ordered 3 samples for a client and everything you say is true!! I have some sample boards I purchased that are mainly neutrals but that doesn’t help when choosing anything else..like a bright blue for a front door!!

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      Oooo Maggie! That’s my daughter’s name, it’s just SO stinkin’ gorgeous. And I know, aren’t they awesome, I’m totally addicted.

  2. Thanks, Kylie, I love Samplize also! And your articles and video reviews have been very instructive as well as entertaining. I would warn against counting too much on the precise accuracy of the whites. I have made my own test board of actual Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, for example, from a gallon BM can and held it up to the Samplize, and they are not a perfect match. That said, you do get a relative comparison between whites, just not exactly true to actual color. Maybe it’s me- anyone else notice that?
    I own probably 20 Samplize sheets in various shades of white, griege, and black. So far I have retained the backing on them all, preferring to tape them to long sheets of white paper and use painters tape (or push pins) to temporarily hang them in various places.
    Sometimes I want a larger sample, like half of a poster board sheet, and will buy a $3.99 paint sample from Home Depot (they offer various sheens) and use a cheap or even foam brush. While the color may not be a perfect match, it’s close enough, especially on mid to lower LRV colors. This works especially well for outdoor options, like choosing shutter or porch ceiling color where a larger sample is helpful.
    By the way, leftover sample paints are great for kids crafts. This week I am letting my grandsons paint “stones” onto their dishwasher box house.

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      Hi Gari! You know what’s a REAL bugger? Is that there can be variation in how a colour looks based on the LEVEL of paint you choose as well as the sheen. For example, the formula or recipe that goes into making Chantilly Lace in, say, Benjamin Moore Regal, will be different from the formula that makes it in Aura. So, I know this isn’t something unique to Samplize, it’s an industry issue if you ask me. And that’s interesting, I’m going to posting an article in the next month or so re: colour matching, so I’m happy for your info on that too! And this is true, I seriously have over 100 sample pots…at least. Crafts it is! Hope the kids like gray and beige… ;).

      ~Kylie

  3. Big fan of Samplize! We’re remodeling a house and adding an addition. I many more samples than I’ll probably need but this way I’m prepared to choose paint colors once the drywall is up. (Our builder can’t understand why I can’t do it with just the framing in place. Ha!) I use Scotch wall safe tape to attached the samples to a piece of white poster board. Then, I tape the poster board to the wall with the same tape. No issues with damage to the sample. It’s this tape:

    https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Wall-Safe-Repositionable-Invisible-813S6/dp/B07BVNYVZR/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=scotch+brand+wall+safe&qid=1585409011&sr=8-2

    My husband appreciates not having all of the small pots and cans filling up a shelf in the basement so we’re both happy.

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      OOOO, I LIKE THIS IDEA! You’re a genius. I need to be able to reuse my samples for my Youtube colour videos and this is a GREAT solution (as they don’t love going back on their paper). THANK YOU!!

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  4. Hi Kylie,
    Just tried the Samplize site but unfortunately they are closed due to Covid19. Is there another site you would recommend for samples?
    Thanks, Susan

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  5. I come from a country with excellent wines.. … If wine makes you write articles like this, I will be glad to send you some bottles 🙂 Thank you, you helped me a lot… Irena Slovenia

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      We are KINDRED SPIRITS Irena!~ And aren’t you lucky. Where we are on the island, we’re lucky to get a fruit wine – which are terrible. If you’ve ever been to the Okanagan in British Columbia though, they have AMAAAAZING wines and are only a days drive away for us!

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