If only I had a dollar for every time I was asked that question! If you HAVE asked me that question before, you already know the answer; which is “I mix my own paint colors” so I cannot give you a color name.
Here you can see my four basic colors that I use/mix the most. I don’t use any ‘formula’. I just EYEBALL it. Apparently I am gifted with a good ‘eye for color’. One ‘starter gallon of paint will last me for YEARS, because I mix it to create all these color variations. The color in the top left, is the closest to my ‘starter color’.
And I did just happen to buy a new ‘starter’ gallon of paint, which I used ‘as is’ on these two night stands that I just painted. I always buy the Ralph Lauren brand of paint. It’s crazy expensive. ( I just spent close to $90.00 on 2 gallons! ack!) Usually Ralph and I like the same colors, but this time there was ONE color sample missing from the RL color board at the paint store, and it was probably the color I wanted. the one above it was too dark and the one below was too light. sigh.
I used it ‘unaltered’ on this round table with a checkerboard design too. But here it looks a tad ‘lighter’ than on those 2 night stands. Reason being, that the BASE color and any added detail colors will also affect the overall color. Distressing can sometimes ‘considerably’ change the tone of any given color.
And this is WHY I prefer RL brand paints. I have found that other ‘cheaper paints’ don’t always distress well. It’s almost like the components of the paint color ‘separate’ as it dries and as I sand away aqua, mostly GREEN shows through. RL is a more highly ‘pigmented’ paint so your colors stay truer and you need much less of it for full coverage.
Here is another good example of my various colors. The one on the right being my ‘base color’. I added some pale green to get the aqua color in the front; and some darker blue and grey to get the color on the left.