The Annie Sloan Painted Color Chart is perfect to understand the actual hue of all the Chalk Paint® colors since these swatches are produced by painting with actual paint!
Annie Sloan has organized the colors from the perspective similar to a color wheel. You see the "primary" colors of red, blue and yellow.
Since these are painted swatches (not copies by a printer) and are laid out similar to the color wheel, when using this chart you can see colors that are opposite each other - which are considered to be complementary colors (example: red and green).
The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. However, keep in mind when partnering this color scheme to manage it - so it is not jarring to the eye.
Complementary colors are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out. (Like painting the inside of a hutch or dresser drawers, or using it to accent details.) Annie will often call this design for furniture, "Quiet Riot" when you paint a hutch in Old White, but then open a drawer and BAM! You get a treat of some bright or fun color! Kind of like wearing bright red underwear under your boring business suit. LOL! (sorry- just had to add that and as I type this- I wonder how many of you will read this whole description for a color chart ~ too funny!)
I also love how this is a 2 page document. When you open the folder, on the left side is a written description of each color and then on the right page, is the majority of the color swatches. By having the painted swatches on the inside, they are protected and will not get scratched when placing this in your tote if bringing it along when shopping or picking out coordinating items.
If you are looking for inspiration of other colors to select when making a purchase? Reference this chart!
I APOLOGIZE THAT WE DO NOT MAIL COLOR CHARTS FOR FREE. We would literally go out of business if we sent them solo in the mail to everyone who asked. The color charts wholesale for the same cost we sell them- and then-
the envelope and shipping adds up to another $3.50 so- we actually sell
them for less than it costs us for the envelope and postage. I only share this information- so you
know the reasoning behind the response if you ask us for a free one. If you order more than two
items at any time though- we always include a color chart in the package for free!
(not that that option helps you if you are a first time buyer )