Get the exact paint colour you’re looking for at Brewers

July 27th, 2016

Why is colour so important to interior design?

Colour is evocative, sparking an emotional response which is why some colours are more suited to particular rooms of the house. For example, red can stimulate appetites meaning it works well for dining areas whereas blue promotes intellectual thought making it an ideal colour for studios.

When it comes to education and health-related buildings, picking the right colour to promote concentration and learning or restfulness and peace of mind will have a genuine effect on the thousands of people who spend time in those spaces.

Brand image is also of utmost importance in business environments keeping corporate colours accurate and consistent from printed literature to painted walls.

Brewers are committed to getting you the right colour, just as we are to getting you the right paint for the job. 

Which paint colour systems are available at Brewers?

Three main colour systems in widespread use in the paint and decorating industry are:

  • - Natural Colour System (NCS)
  • - RAL Classic
  • - British Standard (BS)

The BS system is one of the most popular colour ranges, available in all the main trade and standard paint brands. You’ll find popular colours on the Albany colourcard.

RAL is a central European colour standard. Tinting paint in RAL colours is available for many brands at Brewers including Albany, Dulux, Crown, Rust-Oleum and Johnstone’s ranges.

As with BS and RAL, paint tinted to colours from the NCS colour system (most commonly referenced in architecture and design) is available at any Brewers branch in a range of brands and finishes.

If the right colour is still not jumping out at you, creating a bespoke colour may be the solution!

How does bespoke colour tinting work?

Bespoke colour tinting means the colour world is your oyster. Simply bring a sample of the colour (swatch sized larger than a 50p coin) you want to match into your nearest Brewers Decorator Centre.

Typically, customers bring in wallpaper cuttings, curtain swatches, cushions, clothes or other household items to colour match. 

Depending on the paint brands available in store, your local Brewers team will scan the item using a spectrophotometer and either:

  1. Match the colour, creating a new ‘recipe’ in the paint mixing machine just for you, or
  2. The computer will suggest the closest existing colour according to a percentage match giving you confidence in its accuracy.

Every Brewers branch can scan and tint Albany, Crown and Dulux brands. Across the company, we can tint Sanderson, Paint Library, Rust-Oleum and Zinsser products in BS, NCS and RAL, as well as those brands’ own colour ranges.

Factors that influence colour tinting

It’s worth bearing in mind that getting a 100% match isn’t always possible. Factors that influence colour tinting accuracy include:

  • •  Material - light reflectance can distort colour. Typical examples are silks, velvets, thick pile or woven fabrics, glossy paper, metallic objects;
  • •  Tone – mid shades are the most accurate
  • •  Finish – a gloss paint created by scanning and matching the colour from a matt surface sample will look slightly different.