In this month’s Handy Guide, Jura Koncius reports on how to buy paint. Using testers, selecting the right sheen and finding a high-quality brush are just some of the tips she gathered from experts.

She asked Bill Thornton, owner of Potomac Paint & Design Centers in Alexandria, Arlington and Chantilly, to choose three of his favorite new paint products. One of them is a color by Ralph Lauren called Monticello Yellow, named after the dining room at Thomas Jefferson's home.

Monticello Yellow paint chip from Ralph Lauren Home (Akzo Nobel Paints / Ralph Lauren Home)

If so, which room would you paint this color?

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