09 Jan Avoid these five mistakes when picking paint colors!
We often read about – and have written about – how to pick paint colors. But it’s equally important to avoid making mistakes in that process. Below are five common mistakes people make when choosing paint colors. Avoid these, and you’ll be well on picking the right color for your home!
- Paint Chips: Unless the area you’re painting is the size of a tiny paint chip, relying solely on one to pick a paint color is a mistake. And, yet, it’s what a lot of people do. However, a paint chip is too small of a sample size. Instead, we recommend working with a professional painter to paint a larger sample onto the wall. Why use a professional and not do it yourself? A professional understands how to apply the paint and whether primer is needed. They can also explain the factors that influence color, including types of light, time of day, etc.
- Vacation inspiration: How often have you traveled somewhere beautiful and wanted to recreate that look or feel in your home? While our travels can undoubtedly inspire our home’s aesthetic and interiors, trying to recreate a look you’ve seen elsewhere can be tricky. We suggest working with an experienced interior designer to avoid the pitfalls of “vacation travel decor.”
- Favorite Color: Some homeowners make the mistake of picking a favorite color for their paint color. Using your favorite color can work out well for some things, but it only sometimes works for paint color, especially if it’s a bold, bright color. For example, you might like yellow, but it might not suit your home’s interiors well.
- Bright white to keep it light: Clients sometimes want to keep things light in their homes and, therefore, want everything painted bright white. While white paint can certainly keep things bright, it can also make things feel very clinical, spartan, or too contemporary. White paint can be a great base color with countless shades of it. However, you don’t have to use white to achieve the same effect. There are plenty of neutrals that can keep things light.
- Repeat a color from another home: It’s easy – and tempting – to reuse a color you used successfully in another home or even another room. However, it might not work in another space. What works in one area only sometimes works in another. Why? Light and surrounding colors tend to differ from room to room or house to house, affecting how the color is perceived. So what looks beautiful in one home or room can look vastly different in another. Always sample a color before you paint an entire room.
We hope you’ve found this post helpful! Be sure to save it for reference. If you’re ready to begin the process of choosing a color and painting your home or office, give us a call. We’d be happy to work with you!