Some of you e-mailed us recently noting that things were a bit different in the Home Depot paint department lately. And apparently some of our favorite Glidden paint colors (like Sand White in our living room and Wishes in our den) were nowhere to be found. We figured Glidden was subtly updating their colors…. no biggie. But when we popped in this weekend we saw their extremely not minor overhaul with our own eyes.
The big difference: Glidden has “refined” their palette to only the most “classic and contemporary colors with timeless appeal.” Translation – they reduced their line from almost 900 colors to just over 250 (by our count, at least). Casting off nearly 650 choices seems drastic, but one could argue it makes the paint selection process a lot less overwhelming. But what’s up with ditching some of our favorite colors? Well, we also heard from the paint specialist that they changed some of the names, so maybe our favorites are still around after all… just going by a different alias.
We do like that by limiting their colors, Glidden is able to provide more info about each option for a customized experience with every color they offer. For instance, now each paint swatch features an inspiration photo and a coordinating color guide on the back. Very handy indeed.
And now you can even grab a pre-mixed 2 oz. tester bottle right at the paint chip display. One of the coolest things is that each bottle has a built-in brush. Genius.
All-in-all, we thought the whole Glidden revamp was pretty cool if not extremely unexpected. Talk about a major makeover. The only drawback was that we couldn’t find the swatch we’d gone to Home Depot for (we’re hunting for a color to coordinate with Wishes, secret project to come…) but Wishes didn’t make the cut- unless it’s now going by a different moniker. But the good news is that Home Depot still has every single one of the old colors in their system, so you can still get the booted colors mixed while you wait, you just won’t have the benefit of taking home the swatch first.
Have any of you guys spotted this paint switcheroo in your neck of the woods? What’s your take on the new Glidden? And while you’re at it, what’s your favorite paint brand in general? We’ve always loved the range of colors by Glidden but the quality of Benjamin Moore and Behr- and we actually like some of Valspar’s colors as well as Freshaire’s no VOC line. But we’d love to hear your preference when it comes to paint.