Common Color Mistakes
Using neutral (“safe”)
Remember how color affects mood. Use our Language
of Color article to choose colors for rooms based on the effect
the it will have on the room. Use color to stimulate and make the
home more interesting. Neutrals can be used as bridge between colors or in
some of the rooms, but relying on them too much can create boredom.
- Putting the colors
Make sure you don’t skip this step when choosing
paint. Once you’ve chosen colors buy some quart size samples and
test your paint on the wall. Don’t get carried away. Paint an area large
enough to visualize how the room will come out. Observe the colors in
the morning, early afternoon and evening light. Another option would be
to paint a piece of 1”x12”x12” and use this as a handy sample that you
can move throughout the room
- Bold but not to bright
A room can be overpowered by using too much
bold and vibrant color. Bold colors can build intensity and look neon.
Remember when choosing your colors at the paint store the colors at
the bottom of the sample card show the underlying hues.
- Distributing color through-out your
Using too many colors throughout your home creates
an assortment of that doesn’t harmonize. Choose a color scheme
for your room and try to complement it throughout your home.
Remember you can increase the intensity, or lighten any of the colors
you’ve chosen for primary room.
- Painting the trim and walls and ceiling
Adding a little of the wall color to the white trim
softens the contrast from a bold color to a neutral.
- Poor choice of furniture and accessories
You can’t rely on color to “make” the room. It must
work with the other elements in the room.