Colors can be downright confusing—especially if you're trying to recall exactly what "Sled," "Smokey Slate," and"Celery Ice" look like from memory. Don't you agree?! Well, we finally made the decision to cover our living room wall in vintage oil paintings, all based on a piece that my grandma painted of my dad when he was 6 years old. But in order to make sure they would all jibe, I knew I needed a way to recall the painting's colors (plus the wall color) while out shopping. It's not that I want everything to be matchy-matchy, but a little cohesion is necessary. So I hit Home Depot with the painting in tow to pick out swatches. You can imagine the weirdo looks I got from my fellow customers. It's for the sake of design, people! Once I was home, I double checked my colors before cutting them into a stack that I could hole punch and hang on a key ring. Note: It's helpful to cut the swatches so that the name/number remains, just in case you want to use the paint color for any reason later. I even toted my little swatch book with me to a massive outdoor flea market last Sunday (more on that later), and let me tell you, it made all the difference in the color world.