How can a color that looks warm and wonderful in the evening look in daylight exactly like fry sauce?  I may just go insane.  Off to the paint store for 2 more trial cans.  And the painter is supposed to come on Monday.


  1. I had the same dilemma trying to find the perfect “yellow/gold/copper– sunny”. I found Porter Paints color Burnt Ivory (not really ivory) and it is perfect! I get many compliments and it is warm and inviting. I don’t know if you have Porter in your area, but sometimes paint stores can match other brand colors. You might check it out!

  2. Our dining room is painted a golden yellow, Eddie Bauer’s “Slice.” Its warm and more golden in lamp-light, but tends to be a sunnier yellow in sunlight. If you find a color you like on your monitor or printed out, or even on a brand-name paint fandex, most stores can match it for you. I wanted a Benjamin Moore color from Lowes, and it took about 5 seconds for them to match it, which was great!

  3. I share your pain.

    I had different paint splotches painted on a wall for four years because I couldn’t decide on a silly color. I gave up and painted the wall tan a couple of months ago. I just can’t pick colors either.

    Good Luck!

  4. Some places like Sears can match a color from any swatch or even object (you might call first to be sure they have the capability). I took the wallpaper border I wanted and showed them the color in it I wanted; they scanned it and mixed the paint.

    When I picked the color for our living room, I brought home a huge stack of paint chips to match our area rug and new furniture.

  5. Oh so sorry for you, especially after you were so thrilled last night 🙁 I’m sure you will find something FABULOUS, it is just going to take a little more work than I’m sure you have time or energy for!

  6. I have a great yellow on my walls that you may want to try out. It is from the old Benjamin Moore collection (so you’ll have to find a Home Depot with the super old swatches, so they can match it), called Dijon. It is not as mustard-y as you might think, given the name. But it’s got some boldness to it. I am very much in love with it, even after 2 years on my walls.

  7. I’m getting ready to paint the paneling in my basement and choosing colors scares me! I can choose colors for paper and smaller scale canvases, but on walls?! yikes. I hope you find the perfect yellow! 🙂

  8. I sense a little frustration there! Perhaps chocolate (the eating kind, not a colour for the walls) may be called for.


  9. I picked a color from a color in a favorite painting. It’s a great color, but looks different from day to night, from wall to wall. I have found some of that color in EVERY painting I have on those walls – a lovely mossy blue green.
    I had to get a different color for the kitchen tho’ because the honey oak in the cabinets made it look too blue, sort of a blue and orange effect which was horrible.
    It’s a pain, good luck with your sample coats, and remember, it often takes 3 days to adjust to a color; the same way it takes women 3 days to adjust to a new hair color.
    Heather BT

  10. That has happened here every single time we’ve tried to pick paint. The lighting changes make a dramatic difference day and night.