it looks like pandemonium from the picture, but it's not- we always tell our clients never to worry about wall color because it is the one thing that can be quickly, easily, and (relatively) inexpensively changed. you've got one shot at picking the right fabric for a sofa, but paint? swatch until your heart's content! also, because paint colors are truly infinite, we pick our carpet and fabrics first, and paint color last. if you can't find a color that works in the thousand options of a fan deck, you can always start custom mixing to come up with the perfect color of your dreams. and if the color of your dreams turns into an icky nightmare, you can always break out the brushes and start over! not so much with a 10 grand sofa...
we currently have 10 colors up on the walls, and we've applied the swatches to three walls (one not shown) because light hits every wall differently, and in rooms with limited windows, or windows on just one wall, that means some areas on the opposite side of the room, paticularly corners, will always be darker, so we have to make sure the color works everywhere. the first 6 swatches we placed to get our client's reaction, then, when we had a handle on the direction we'd like to go, we added 3 more, and today, because none of those three were quite right, we put up our first custom mix, attempting to hit the sweet spot between benjamin moore bridgewater tan #1096 and oakwood manor #1095 (far left, bottom). this process consumes a bit of time, but very little money, and is totally worth it to find the color we think will make the room sing.
we'll have to return once more to find out how our custom mix looks after it's dried and settled, but we think we are on the right track- we'll keep you posted! (last note: paint can continue to lighten/and or darken, for up to 48 hours after it is applied, so don't panic if you put it up, and it's not what you expected. wait a day or two, then make up your mind).
now here's some mood music to paint by- the incomparable miss sarah vaughn, singing "someone to swatch over me":