In my job as an architectural color consultant, I help take the guesswork out of selecting colors for exteriors and interiors. We start by looking at inspiration images selected by the client.
image sourceThen, working with existing elements, we start looking at color chips. These are printed sheets of paper, usually 4x4" big.
At the end of the consultation, I ask clients to take the last, essential step- brush-outs.
Here are some visuals for you.
How NOT to test colors:
Those are cut-up paint strips, my friends. Could you get an idea of how that color would look? Nope, me neither.
Here's another great example of how to do brush-outs. This client knew which body and trim colors were perfect, but still needed to see some options for sash colors. By assigning a different window to each of the colors in question, they could really get an idea of how the overall look would differ, depending upon their selection.
Now that's a brush-out!