Perspectives Paint and Design Center has countless years of color matching experience and is equipped with color catalogs from most of the major competitive paint manufacturers and several of the smaller regional paint manufacturers.

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In addition to state of the art color matching equipment, the staff of Perspectives Paint and Design Center has countless years of color matching experience with the ability to match almost any color you bring to us.  We are equipped with color catalogs from most of the major competitive paint manufacturers and several of the smaller regional paint manufacturers as well.  This way if you need a color from one of our competitors, we can make it for you.  Below is a helpful guide to make your color matching experience fast and efficient.

Custom color matches are time consuming.  Some colors take 5 or 10 minutes and others could take an hour or more.  We average around 30 minutes per color.  Feel free to wait and watch as we do our magic, however we suggest dropping off your colors and coming back later.

The better the sample, the better the match.  We’ve matched cookie crumbs, teddy bears, tree bark, you name it we’ve matched it.  But remember, the best samples are flat, one solid color, and larger than a quarter.

If you’re wanting a color matched in an oil based product the wait may be a bit longer.  When paint dries, it changes, in some cases dramatically.  Each time we add pigment to the paint we have to shake it, draw it down on a sample card, and wait till it dries to see what it looks like.  It’s not that it’s harder to match, but we have to wait longer for oil samples to dry.

If you don’t need an exact match, tell your salesperson.  This will reduce your wait time. We can get really close to almost any color in just a few minutes.  It’s the dialing it in exactly that takes time.  So if you’re repainting everything and your color sample has faded and you just need a close match, let us know and one of our salespeople or our design staff can help you find the right color.

Touching up can be tricky.  As we’ve stated, we can match almost any color you bring us.  When it comes to touching up, it can get tricky for more than one reason.  First and foremost, sheen.  All paint manufacturers sheen levels vary.  So if we’re matching a competitor’s satin finish, our satin could be a bit higher or lower in sheen, therefore affecting the touch up capabilities.  Our color could be dead on, yet our sheen isn’t and touch ups could stand out.  Another issue is fading.   Colors fade mostly due to light exposure. One side of your home may have faded more due to heavier exposure to the sun.  If we match a sample from only one side of the house it may not match exactly to the other.

Wood stains and lacquers are extremely difficult to match.  These matches can take multiple hours.  Due to the level of difficulty and time involved, we have a stain and lacquer match fee of $10.00 per color. PLEASE BRING US A PIECE OF THE STAINED WOOD YOU WANT US TO MATCH AND A PIECE OF THE WOOD TO BE STAINED.  Every piece of wood stains differently.  A cabinet door with multiple pieces could look slightly different on each piece.  If you don’t have a piece of the wood you’re staining, we have to use a stir stick, which is a really light cheap grade wood.  This would obviously stain differently than red oak.  Also, after you put a polyurethane or varnish on the stain it changes, so if we don’t have your finish coat, we can’t show you exactly how it will look. If you have any questions regarding color matching of any kind, please give us a call at 859-277-0521.


For 50 Years Coronado Paint has been the choice of painting professionals, providing paints with lasting performance and consistent quality. Whether you’re a homeowner repainting a room, or an architect specifying coatings for a new stadium or convention center, we have the paints, primers and industrial coatings to deliver the performance your project needs. Coronado offers an extensive line up of High Performance Coatings for all industries. Choose from Epoxies, Urethanes , Electrostatic Coatings, Moisture Cured Systems, Traffic Paints, Coal Tar Epoxies, Vinyl Wash Primers, Maintenance Enamels and more ……

Coronado Architectural Systems are complete: Interior and Exterior paints, Waterproofing Systems, Floor coatings, Dry Fall Coatings, Acrylic Knockdown Coatings, and much, much more. Our Multapply acrylic semi-gloss and gloss have no equal in the market for durability and ease of application.

New additions to the Coronado line include COMMAND, a waterborne urethane with tenacious adhesion, extreme durability and fast dry and cure times. COMMAND dries in 15 minutes and areas painted with COMMAND can be returned to service in as little as 24 hours, even on floor applications! We are also stocking Door, Cabinet and Trim enamel, a waterborne alkyd that has the low odor and easy cleanup of waterbased products, with the smooth leveling characteristics of a traditional alkyd.


Historic Colors of America were selected from hundreds of samples taken from historic buildings and painted objects ranging from folk carvings to elegant corner cupboards. These colors include both earthy tones from farmhouses and more brilliant colors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These historically accurate colors can be used on old houses as well as new construction for a timeless look on interior or exterior surfaces.

PERSPECTIVES Pro Painter is a 100% acrylic Interior ceramic paint — equal quality with spray, brush or roller applications. Great for new construction or repaint, available in flat, eggshell and semi gloss. PERSPECTIVES Premium Waterborne Ceramic is a 100% acrylic ceramic reinforced interior finish that provides mold and mildew and stain resistance. Available in matte, eggshell, satin and semi gloss, and both lines can be made in practically any color!

Richards Paint

Our private label Perspectives Paint and Design Center Up Yonder ceiling paint is ultra flat, white, with a spatterless formula that minimizes surface imperfections for a uniform, one coat finish on properly prepared ceilings. It offers high-hiding properties and dries to a hard, plaster-like finish that has excellent washability. it resists streaking and lap marks, and is non-yellowing, applies easily and has excellent touchup properties.

Paint Sheens – what are they?

Paint comes in a variety of sheens. The following descriptions can help you decide what sheen is right for your project:

a. Flat, also called Matte or Dull – Used on surfaces that have surface imperfections or where touchup is needed.
b. Eggshell – popular finish for walls in living areas and bedrooms; has low sheen for washability and softer looking finish.
c. Satin – finish of choice for high traffic and humid locations such as kitchens and bathrooms. Provides scrubability and moisture resistance with a lower sheen than semi gloss.
d. Semi gloss – used for areas where a harder finish is required; excellent for trim, cabinets, doors and other high traffic locations. .
e. Gloss – high sheen for maximum durability and light reflection. Surfaces should be very smooth as gloss finishes tend to make any surface irregularities more visible.

specialty paints

Perspectives Paint and Design Center carries a variety of specialty paints, including swimming pool paint in epoxy, chlorinated rubber and waterborne, industrial quick dry enamels, lacquers in both clear and pigmented, and we can load practically any paint into custom spray cans. We can also special order high heat paints and specialty industrial paints.

Modern Masters

Modern Masters is the industry standard in Metallic Paint. There is a color for every project with 49 standard colors, which include 5 sheer colors and 9 recently added new colors. In addition you can intermix any Metallic Paint Collection colors to create your own custom color. Metal Effects oxidizing paints create the distinctive and timeless look of bronze and copper patina or the weathered appearance of rusted iron in a matter of minutes, on any paintable surface. For protection of metallic finishes, MasterClear is an interior/exterior, water based, one part, self-crosslinking, aliphatic polyurethane/acrylic, non-yellowing topcoat. MasterClear is formulated with UV absorbers, UV inhibitors, mar and slip aids, to create the best possible protection for Metallic Paint Collection paints without affecting the metallic shimmer. The inherent high abrasion resistance of MasterClear also extends the service life of Metallic Paints on high-traffic interior surfaces and exceeds 3,000 scrub cycles.


Chalked Ultra Matte paint is an easy to use paint that dries to a velvety smooth matte finish. It brings new life to tired and worn pieces in timeless colors. Chalked paint can be distressed to achieve a vintage look that will last. Available in 11 premixed colors and light and dark tint bases for a wide variety of color choices. Ideal for use on: Wood, metal, glass, ceramic, canvas and more.