by TJ AndersonWe work on new-construction and renovation projects in Nashville all the time, so home design concerns — paint colors, tile choices, kitchen finishes — are a big part of my life
Nashville Born Company Samplize Aims To Make Choosing The Right Paint Color Easier
by TJ Anderson
Over the past few years, we’ve built, designed and sold a growing crop of new Nashville homes. And if you’ve followed along on social media through the process, you’ve probably noticed: I’m obsessed with paint colors.
I’m not ashamed to say I agonized over those color choices. And I’m proud of how they turned out.
That’s not to say that every paint decision I make is one I’m thrilled to share. I do all the necessary legwork, painting test areas in parts of the room with different light and admiring those blocks of color during different parts of the day. That’s saved me from an accidental lavender and off-putting peach-y taupe a time or two. Downside: Doing that is a decent amount of work, and it takes a decent amount of time.
If you’re in something like my line of work, or you’re just a Nashville-area homeowner who likes to paint a lot, you can probably relate. Which is why I’m sharing a local company I just stumbled on that might save us all some time and annoyance: Samplize.
The company makes hand-painted color sample decals in different sizes, with peel-and-stick, non-damaging adhesive backing, so you can smooth a 12”x12” or 24”x24″ block of your chosen color on your walls, even wrapping it around corners, and be able to see it as it’ll actually look, without picking up a paintbrush or waiting for paint to dry.
Nashville-based Samplize founder Taylor Thomas funded the launch of the company via an Indiegogo campaign, and the pitch video (embedded above) was an effective one.
What sold me on it: These aren't printed or otherwise faked; they pre-paint the decals with two coats of color in your chosen finish (Flat, Velvet, Eggshell, Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss), and carry color options from the paint brands I go to again and again (Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Dunn Edwards).
The price isn’t far off from grabbing a paint sample, either — smaller blocks are $4.95, the larger ones are $6.95.
Samplize is planning to launch its online store this month (April 2017) at samplize.com, and I’m eagerly awaiting the opportunity to test-drive some decals for our next Nashville home project.
If you’re looking for a new home in the Nashville area to flex your paint color-choosing muscles on, please give me a call or shoot me an email. Our team would love to help you track it down.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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