Paint chips are much more than little cards of color.
They organize paint collections from a single manufacturer, provide a look at tints and shades of the same color, and help you find coordinating hues.
Tints are closest to white, and are also called pastels. You will find them on the top of the paint card. The shade of a color is the darkening of colors with black or gray.
Paint chip cards typically have light and dark variations of one color. This is called value.
Value is the lightness or darkness of colors. Sky blue is a light value, cobalt has a dark value.
Hue is just another name for color.
Tip submitted by:
Kelly Bernier, IRN
Interior Style ReDesign, RI