My wife and I have been pursing a slow-motion remodel of our house for the past several years (when we see friends we haven't talked to in a while, they often ask, "'is the house done?"). As the resident painting 'expert', I've spent more than my share of time browsing through color wheels, painting samples on the wall and wondering why the perfect color is always something different from what's available in the standard range.
Having tried several paint stores (and manufacturers), I've developed a strong preference for Benjamin Moore paints, and for Seattle Paint Supply (at 80th and Aurora) as my paint store of choice. My return visit this past Saturday just confirmed my preference.
My wife had picked up a custom quart from their Rainier Valley store the weekend before. I wanted to make a slight adjustment to the formula for that quart and mix up a full gallon, and I needed it all in a hurry. The staffer on duty (a) quickly pulled up the previous custom mix from their database, (b) helped me figure out the right formula for the adjustments I had in mind, (c) mixed up a test batch, (d) painted and dried a test chip to be sure the final color was what I wanted, and (e) mixed me up a gallon to go, all in about 15 minutes time.
It's not a fancy store -- they cater more to professionals than consumers -- but they stock everything you need for a quality paint job, the staff is knowledgeable and pleasant to work with, and despite weekend crowds they can usually get you out the door in a hurry. Next time you need quality paint in a custom color, Seattle Paint is your place.