1000s of paint samples and bespoke paint colours at Brewers

February 21st, 2024

With hundreds of the finest paint brands available, you can be sure to find your perfect paint colour in the finest finish for your next project. Here is the ultimate guide to paint colour at Brewers.

Why is choosing a paint colour so important?

  1. The purpose of a particular room has a large role to play in the colours you choose. Colour sparks an emotional response which is why some colours are more suited to particular rooms of the house. 
  2. 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.
  3. There are numerous practical scenarios where particular colours must legally be used, for example road markings in car parks and health & safety markings to design code compliance for pipework.
  4. Brand image is also of utmost importance in business environments keeping corporate colours accurate and consistent from printed literature to painted walls.

All the brands in your perfect colour

Every Brewers branch can scan and tint Albany, Crown, Johnstone's and Dulux brands. Across the company, we can tint from brands including: Farrow & Ball, Benjamin Moore, Zinsser, Little Greene, Paint & Paper Library, Mylands and Sanderson. For more information, get in touch with your local store.

Which paint colour systems are available at Brewers?

The three main colour systems in widespread use in the paint and decorating industry are the Natural Colour System (NCS), RAL Classic, and British Standard (BS):
  1. 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 colour card.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

How does bespoke colour tinting work?

Simply bring a sample of the colour (swatch sized larger than a 50p coin) you want to match into your nearest Brewers Decorator Centre. This could be wallpaper cuttings, curtain swatches, cushions, clothes or other household items to colour match. One customer even brought a horse!

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.

Please Note: getting a 100% match isn’t always possible.

Factors that influence colour tinting accuracy include:

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

The importance of tester and sample pots

Sample pots allow you to narrow down your colour selection to see which colour works best in the space you're decorating. We recommend painting out your samples onto lining paper and placing them around the space. This will allow you to:

  1. See how the colour will look in the room
  2. See how the colour looks at different times of day
  3. No need to worry about covering up the samples on your walls with your chosen colour