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Mistakes Choosing Paint Colors

Mistakes people tend to make choosing paint colors!

Mistake # 1: Picking Your Paint Color First

Choosing paint colors should be one of the last things you select for a room. There are infinite paint colors to choose from, but if you pick it first, you will pigeon hole yourself into a color scheme, hoping to find fabrics and furniture that work with it. Find fabrics you love first and then choose a coordinating color, not the other way around!

087_ScheffDesigns-8-5-2014Correct It: Get the room planned and then select the paint to support all of the other things going on in your space. You can take your color cues from fabrics, whether it’s accent pillows or an occasional chair that has a pattern or print to it. That’s usually my jumping off point for selecting a color for a space.

Mistake #2: Picking a Color That’s Too Bright or Saturated

A bright cobalt blue, which is really trendy right now, can look great as a ceramic lamp, because it has a sheen to it, or as a silk pillow, because it has depth or interest, but when you put that same really bright color on the wall, it’s a whole lot stronger.

049_ScheffDesigns-8-5-2014Correct It: If the walls are going to scream a bright color, you want to wrap the rest of your furnishings in neutral tones or even white. Decide what your focal point is. If it’s the wall color, then let everything else support it, not fight with it.

Mistake # 3: Not Considering the Home As a Whole

Whether your planning for a small apartment or a large, modern home, transitioning color from one room to the next can be tricky and it doesn’t flow well if you’ve got bright orange in one room and bright pink in another. Keep in mind that when doors are open, you can see the two colors together.

image7Correct It: Allow for flow by keeping shared spaces such as hallways neutral.  Blend open spaces with colors that work together instead of fighting each other.

Mistake #4: Losing Sight Of Your Emotional Goal

I hear people say things like, ‘My favorite color is red, I’m going to put that in my bedroom,’ but what they really ultimately wanted was a space that was relaxing and calm, so there’s a disconnect between picking colors and what the space is intended for.

059_ScheffDesigns-2-2016Correct It: When selecting a color, consider the mood of a room. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama.  Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.  Do you want kid’s rooms to create an active and exciting energy or an orderly and restful feeling? Be careful not to overstimulate your children with intensely bright hues. You may not know it, but some brighter colors can lead to unrest and irritability.

Mistake # 5: Following Trends

The color of the year is Radiant Orchid, but I wouldn’t paint my walls that color because next year it will be something else.

alduette_powerview_livingroom_1Correct It: Chances are, you’re not going to paint your home every 2 or 3 years.  Choose colors that will work for the long haul and add a pop of trendy colors in pillows, throws and other accessories.

Mistake #6: Not Paying Attention to Lighting

The reason why paint stores have light boxes for you to test paint chips: Natural daylight shows the truest color; Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows; and Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.  So, a strong color might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

Correct it: Test the color in the room.  If you’re unable to get a larger sample, buy a small amount of paint to test on the walls.  Test it in different corners of the room to see how it will look in the various lighting.

If this all feels overwhelming, don’t worry. We can help you select paint!

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