How To Avoid The Most Common Color Mistakes

For non professionals, interior designing could become quite daunting. Some homeowners, specially the ones who are unfamiliar with designing, in their attempt to avoid having everything in the house in beige, they tend to get carried away with their color schemes and end up painting each room with different bright colors. This may work in large homes, but could set a gaudy or confusing tone in small homes. It is advisable to check out decor pieces or clothing that you like to give you a clue as to which colors would be suitable for your taste. To set the kind of mood that you desire, you could combine these color palettes in your entire home.


Common Color Mistakes and Tips on How to Avoid Them:

1. Matching room color with favorite objects in the house
For your favorite piece of decoration to be noticed and to stand out, you need to opt for colors which are of the same shade but with softer hues. For example, instead of picking the exact color and shade of your favorite pillow, pick a shade of green which is more subtle and lighter. This way, the pillow’s color would really stand out.

2. Choosing cream or white because it’s the safe choice
Neutral colors like beige, gray and white also come in a lot of tones and shades. So, when you go to a paint store, it is advisable for you to make use of their oversize color chips or sample-size colors to aid you in making the perfect color selection. It’s best to choose just 3 or 4 colors which appeal to you. To see the effect of the colors on your house during daytime, brush a 2-foot square patch or tape samples of of oversize colors on each wall of your house. Observe the effect as the light changes. You surely won’t regret this extra effort.

3. Picking out too bright colors
For most interiors, colors which are bright or clear would be too strong. Kelly green or sunshine yellow is good for rooms which are quite sunny and very large. But for our spaces, most of us would need colors which would hide lacking features, complement with things we love, and blend well with the environment. For example, you have always wanted to have your very own red dining room. You need to get a color which is more subdued like raspberry mint or brick tone and stay away from crayon red.

4. Choosing colors which are very inappropriate for room space.
Warm colors have a tendency to make someone look great and feel good about themselves. For powder rooms and dining rooms, rusty gold, dusty warm plums and earthy reds would work beautifully. A person would tend to feel restful and calm as a response to cool colors. For living rooms and bedrooms, cheerful lavenders, natural greens and silver blues work best. Green color on bathroom walls could make someone appear sickly. Bright yellows in a bedroom could make someone feel anxious. With everything being said, it is important for you to carefully think of things you want accomplished in each room.