How to Remember your Home’s Paint Colors

Choosing paint colors is a big part of the design process, that’s why we’ve devoted many blog posts to this topic…

But what happens AFTER you choose that perfect shade? How do you ensure that you’ll never, ever forget that gorgeous color you spent so much time selecting?i_heart_paint_organization

Well you’re in luck, because we have 4 ( yes FOUR!) easy ways to remember the paint colors in your home. Not only are these tricks super simple to do, but a majority of them are F-R-E-E.


We have a way to record important information in every single room in your home…


A method for those who may be in the process of painting a variety of rooms…


A trick for all of those paint swatch lovers out there…


And even a hack for our tech-savvy friends!


For the full breakdown on all 4 of these easy paint color hacks, go ahead and visit our dear friend Jen’s blog, iHeartOrganizing. We’re not the best when it comes to neatly organizing each drawer and cupboard in our homes, but paint is an organization project these DIY’ers can get behind.

i_heart_paint_organization-18Be sure to check out this post for the full step-by-step tutorial for these easy home hacks.

And now we want to know…how do you remember the many hues that adorn your home’s walls?! Any other fun tips & tricks for us? We’re all ears!paint_color_libraryBridget and Casey Signature




  • Abbie DeLaney Zinkan

    These ideas are perfect. We actually just repainted our downstairs so everything is still out and easily accessible. I’m loving the stir sticks idea and happen to have some extras. Thank you.
    (on a side note, I’ve just recently discovered your blog and have to tell you I love it! You’ve given me so many ideas and inspired me to make my home tell our story. Thank you)

    • Awww, you made our day Abbie! Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU…. we are so grateful to have you on the DIY Playbook team. =)

  • Trang

    Oh, I love all of these ideas. The one that works least for me is the picture on the phone saving idea. Only because my phone is old and seems to fun our of memory super fast and I end up deleting stuff (accidental and not).
    I’m getting ready to paint an entire house (doors too) so I’ll have these ideas fresh to track my paint for future use if needed.
    Oh, I wanted to let you know I was not a fan of the 3M blue Platinum tape. I used it this week on based boards and it didn’t adhere well at all. Luckily, I was only spackling in that area so I didn’t have to worry about bleeding.
    Have a fantastic weekend girls!

    • Oh no, Trang! That makes us so sad! You used the new one that’s supposed to be super duper sticky, right? We feel so bad for recommending something that didn’t work out great 🙁

  • Wow, great question! First, how nice of the previous owners to keep the paint labeled for you to use. =) That sounds like a great start!!

    I never heard of the problem you had so I asked my dad, who has been a painting contract for over 20 years. His first tip was to make sure you stir the paint REALLY well before trying to apply. If the paint has been sitting there for a long time, the color could be not mixed properly when you went to “test” it out. I reassured him that you mixed it well 😉

    He then said that some paints just don’t “touch up”…. ever! Not because of the sun fading the color on the wall over time or because it was made wrong, the paint just won’t touch up (even if you painted today and wanted to touch up next week!). I literally asked him about 20 more questions after that because I just could NOT understand that?! I still don’t get it but I guess I’ll leave it to the professional. He says in those very few cases, you will have to touch up the entire wall (corner to corner) and you should be all set.

    Hope this helps and good luck! We’d LOVE to hear updates as this is totally new to us too. – Bridget