Today, I ventured to Home Depot to buy some paint. Behr paint has historically been my favorite, and since they were having a sale, I figured it was a good weekend to get the nursery paint. I took in one of the dark turquoise Behr swatches (not pastel AT ALL), and wanted the paint guy to make it just a shade or two lighter. This was our conversation:
Me: Hi, I'd like to get some paint mixed. I need the paint to be maybe a shade or two lighter than this sample, but not as light as this color.
Home Depot Guy: I can't do that.
Home Depot Guy: No. It's all in your eye's perception. We can't match like that.
Me: You can't just add more white to the dark color's mix, and verify that it's not more white than the lighter color has in it?
Home Depot Guy: No. If I add more white to the paint, it throws off the whole balance of the paint. It would run off your walls like water! It probably wouldn't even stick to the walls!
Me: Well, I haven't heard that before. So, you can only mix the colors that are displayed? You can't adjust them at all?
Home Depot Guy: No, I can't adjust them at all. Only what's displayed. If I change them, it wouldn't stick to your walls.
LOL! Needless to say, I went to Ace instead. They were very helpful...they even helped me make sure the paint would match all our fabrics!