Decorating used to be easy - down to the DIY shop, buy a tin of paint, and slap it on the wall.
Now there are dozens of ranges of paint, all with slightly different shades (or perhaps the same shades, but with different names). No wonder most people chicken out and buy magnolia again.
But we wanted a bit of a change from magnolia and cream in the bedroom, though as I didn't fancy painting the entire room, it was to be just one wall - very 60's. Those of us in our 60's who remember the 1960's, that is.
Having marked several possibilities on the shade cards, off we went to buy tester pots. Only to find that several of the colours we fancied were not represented in the tester range, and one or two not even in the tins on the shelves. Fortunately a larger shop stocked what we wanted, and after consideration of half a dozen patches of colour on the wall, we plumped for a dangerously strong cocoa colour.
It looks good; didn't take too long to do, and the tin did 2 coats easily, in spite of a panic half way through the first coat. Now we're thinking of doing a wall in the sitting room. Perhaps Antique Gold.