How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Picking Paint Color

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Picking Paint Color

A recently posted blog post about choosing paint colour by a respected source, which I will not name. Although I enjoy most of the design blogs from this source and the authors are extremely talented, I was shocked at the advice. The five tips might be useful if homeowners work with an experienced interior designer. However, without professional guidance, I fear homeowners will be more confused or make poor choices if they follow the five tips on choosing home painting in Stony Point.

Let me tell you how to choose paint colours.

These are all suggestions that interior designers will be familiar with. However, this is the first time I have seen them in one article. Each one will be discussed below. I’ll also explain why I believe there are better ways of choosing paint colours. But first, let me tell you why these five tips don’t work.

It is very different from choosing paint colours for large-scale projects (such as your home) than choosing colours for small items (like a chair fabric or blouse).

The walls you choose to paint have a huge surface area. Different types of light hit different parts of the room from different angles. This means that the colours can be viewed differently. The paint colour you choose for your room will cover a lot of vertical space. Many homeowners make the first mistake of buying a few tiny paint chips at the paint store and placing them horizontally on a table to compare. This “starting point”, which is often a common mistake, leads homeowners to make the same mistake repeatedly. They end up picking a colour that looks great on their bedspread but doesn’t work in their entire room.

Here’s my opinion on how to choose paint colours:

1. Use your closet for inspiration.

The blog post’s first suggestion can help homeowners choose a bold, intense colour instead of the sophisticated, muted tones most interiors require. The clothes in your closet may not be the best source for paint colours.

Your closet likely has lots of dark neutrals (most commonly black), some light neutrals, such as off-white or obvious white, and lots of brighter, more saturated colours. These neutrals can be used as interior paint colours, although it is not recommended for bold clients who choose to paint their walls black. But the brights? You wouldn’t choose to paint your living space emerald or pale green, the rich tone of one of my favourite blouses, or in claret red (another favourite). While some strong colours can be neutrals, such as navy or rich red, most fabrics are too intense to cover a whole room.

2. For inspiration, look back at happy memories.

Although it is not very useful, this advice comes from the blog. Although we all enjoy mentally revisiting our favourite places, it cannot be easy to apply the colours to your home today. My bedspread and curtains were made from white fabric with bright yellow tulips. It was my favourite thing, but it would be the last thing I would do to my bedroom today. My best friend from high school had a fuchsia-coloured wallpaper for her bedroom. Yeah, no.

3. Visualize the feeling that you desire.

Sigh. This advice reminds me of every “color moods chart” you’ve ever seen. We all know that reds and oranges can energize us and blues and greens soothe us. Gray is intellectual, and purples are “royal”, whatever that means. To visualize the feeling you desire, think about light versus darkness, spacious versus cosy, bright or colourful versus muted and monochromatic. Remember that your space and how much natural light it receives will impact the room’s mood.