Choosing a color is hard enough, let alone when you’re trying to figure out what color(s) to paint your residence or business. The fact of the matter is that mistakes can be made, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the five most common errors associated with picking a paint color.
Don’t Select Your Paint Color First
As crazy as it may sound, this is one of the last things you should do when starting a painting project. Why? Before selecting a color you will want to make sure that everything else is in place from a layout perspective. This includes furniture, fabrics and other items that will be physically present. One thing to consider is that colors typically don’t look the same throughout the day; you will want to select a color or colors that are appealing at all times.
Be Leery of Bright Colors
While bright colors will no doubt stand out, they also have a tendency to dominate a room. That’s why you would be wise to think twice about going with a very bright hue. If you want the focus of the room to be on the walls and ceilings, a bright color might be a good option for you. However, if you go this route, you will want to make sure that your furnishings incorporate neutral colors. Classic colors are making a comeback, and they always make good options.
Don’t get too Fixated on One Room
Your project might call for painting just one room, but you will want to take the entire house into consideration. The last thing you want is to have one room that has a look and a feel like it is in a different home. Ultimately, you want the color or palette you select to bring the entire space together and not go against the grain.
Ignoring the Focus or Purpose of the Room
It’s easy to let emotions take over when selecting a color. Quite often people let their favorite color be the deciding factor in the selection process. On the surface this sounds perfectly reasonable, but you don’t want to ignore the overall function and personality of the room. For instance, most would agree that a bedroom is a place that should be calm and relaxing. Certain strong colors, like red, may not adequately convey the theme you want for your room. Therefore, if red happens to be your favorite color, you might want to give another color some thought.
Not Factoring in Trends
Most of us want our home to have its own personality and not march to the beat of the same drum. While bright colors have been the trend now for many years, they have slowly begun to fade out due to overexposure. When you see a repeated theme or color scheme over and over, you might want to go with something different. Now, more people are choosing to go with milder and softer colors, which, consequently, have begun to come back in style.
There is a lot to take in and consider when selecting the palette for your home. Should you need professional help with any painting project you are working on, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.