Mistakes When Choosing Colors for Your Home


There are always pros and cons when choosing anything; and choosing the right color for your home is one of those things. When choosing a color, you have to keep in mind the kind of space you are designing, the type/function of the room, and the atmosphere that you want for your space. Colors are chosen differently in kitchens than in living rooms; depending on the room’s function, so there is more than one thing to take into consideration before choosing a color for your home.

Here are common mistakes people make when choosing a color for their homes:

1. Choosing a paint color first

One of the most common mistakes in design is choosing the color first. If you choose the color first, and paint it on a wall, and you want to choose furniture and fabrics after it, it will be really hard to match the wall paint to your furniture pieces. You should choose all of the fabrics and other elements in the space and then pick the paint color accordingly. You can choose your color from the fabrics you chose; whether it’s in the pillows or an occasional chair that has a pattern or print to it.

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2. Picking a color that is too bright

Using bright colors on accessories or furniture is great; but on the walls, it’s not so great. Try to use lighter colors in the walls, and contrast them with brighter shades on the furniture. When you use bright colors on walls, the room becomes a lot stronger and sharper. Lighter colors work better on walls. The only way a bright color will work on walls is that if you get neutral or fully white furniture to complete the room. Keep it simple, never over-do your design.

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3. Not considering the whole home as a whole

One of the main mistakes done in design is that people/designers design one room in the house at a time, verses the entire house together. A house is one unit, and should be balanced all around. Having bright yellow in one room and bright red in the other room doesn’t work. It doesn’t flow well and makes the house chaotic and tricky. Try using one color overall or at least use different shades of a color in different rooms. A united house makes a united family.

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4. Picking colors according to what you most like

Another common mistake is when people choose to paint their bedroom their favorite color, instead of something that is actually good for their mood and emotions. Generally, you want a space that is relaxing and calm. Instead of using your favorite color fully, use it in small doses. If you want a room that’s really calm, you might want to look at cool colors, like blue and green. If you’re looking for something energetic and exciting, warmer colors like yellows and oranges are the best choices for you. Of course, you need to choose a color that you like, but never choose a color just because it is one of your favorites without looking at its psychology.

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5. Not testing the color before applying it

The color you see in a sample isn’t the same when you apply it on 4 walls in a room. Before painting your walls, you must really test your paint before and see if it’s the shade and texture you want. We can’t predict whether you’ll actually like the color once you see it up, and lighting can have a lot of affect on it as well, and can take what seems like the best color and turn it into something that’s painful to the eye. If the client chooses not to go through what it takes to test the color accurately, they need to know that a re-paint might be necessary in the end. Also, testing a color in an empty room will not be that useful. You need to have an idea of which furniture/fabrics are going into the room first before applying the color you want. On each wall, tape up the oversize color samples of one or more color, or brush out a 2-foot square patch and observe your choices throughout the day as the light changes.

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6. Picking the exact color as your favorite furniture

If you want your favorite furniture piece to stand out, never choose the exact same color to paint on the walls. Choose colors that are similar but softer and lighter for your walls. Instead of choosing the exact blue in your favorite pillow, for example, choose a blue that is lighter, so the blue of the pillow stands out.

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7. Going for white and cream because they’re the safest

Even neutrals like white, gray, and beige come in many shades and tones, so use the sample-size colors to select the right color and shade you want. Choose more than one and test them on your space. Try going for nice shades and interesting combinations. Even white and cream can be interesting if you make them more appealing. Try contrasting white and cream with other colors for example, the contrast will add a very nice touch to your space.

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8. Picking colors that are wrong for the space

The function of a room plays a huge part on picking the right color for it. Warm colors: yellow, red and orange, tend to make people feel good and look great. Earthy red, and rusty gold work beautifully for dining rooms and powder rooms. Cool colors: blue, green and purple, tend to make people feel calm and restful. Silver blues, natural greens, and cheerful lavenders work best in bedrooms and living rooms. Green walls can make people look sickly in a bathroom, and bright yellows can make people feel anxious in a bedroom. Think carefully about how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish in each space.

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