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What’s the paint color used on that TV Show?

We often get requests from people wanting to know the specific paint color used on a TV show, movie or magazine set. If you’ve ever tried to figure something like this out, it can be a frustrating experience. Typically the last thing on any studio’s mind is keeping track of the paint colors used on a set, let alone making this available for people who are interested. Can you say “Wild Goose Chase”?

The Break-Up

The Break-Up

I recently watched this movie called “The Break Up” with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. I love the color that their condo is painted and have looked all over the internet to try to find the name/brand of that exact color. I was wondering if you would be able to help me find it. I would be eternally greatful!!

So our first suggestion would be not to try to get the specific paint color number or name that was actually used. You’ll just waste time. Not to say you won’t ever figure it out, you might. And the process of trying could even be a fun adventure. But I am going to explain why even if you do figure it out, it may not be helpful.

Here’s why: The paint color you saw on the screen or print, will be completely different from the color you thought it was. This is because the color you are seeing is not the actual color. The color you are seeing is a digital or film reproduction of the actual paint color set under studio lighting and reproduced again on a TV or movie screen. The actual paint color they used is most likely much different than the color you saw in your mind.

So what can you do? Well, you are in luck because you’ve seen a color you really like. You have the hardest part out of the way.

Now your task is to find that color again. Just take the color in your head and look for a paint color chip that matches your vision. You can visit local paint stores, order a Benjamin Moore paint color fandeck from MyPerfectColor (www.myperfectcolor.com/fandecks), or you can browse MyPerfectColor for paint colors that match what you are looking for.

Once you find some colors that are potential candidates, we suggest that you get a sample mini-can of each to see how the paint colors look in your home under your lighting conditions. This is the best way to see if a paint color matches your vision. And if you are not happy with any of the colors you initially try, you’ll probably be close and will have the knowledge you need to find the right color for you.

FYI, if you are interested in the colors used in the set above, here are a few paint colors we think would be great candidates to try:

Happy hunting!

2 comments to What’s the paint color used on that TV Show?

  • Yeah…perfect topic–

    I’m looking for colors referenced in this dwell article:

    http://www.dwell.com/homes/new/12479616.html?page=2

    Specifically the RAL 9010…and the red/orange on the one wall (apparently from a Le Corbusier palette–of specially mixed pigments–hard to find and prohibitively expensive).

    Any ideas on matching either of these colors? I totally get what you are saying about the wall color in the movie-it’s the same with the mag. photo-there are about 4 different shades of red/orange just in the photo.

    We would really like to find the white, as well..the white I have up now is not working…too intense.

    Thanks for any help!!

  • looking for the name of the paint color in stephanie jamesons bedroom in minutemen

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