There’s a lot to think about when it comes to decorating your home. What style of couch should you purchase? Do you want a glass or wood dining table? But, most importantly, what color schemes should you indulge in? Color can be tricky to get right, especially if you don’t have a keen eye for detail and general knowledge of color theory. But there’s no need to worry! In this blog, we’ll be discussing the common color mistakes people make so you know just what you can do the next time you find yourself decorating a space.
Not Considering Light
Does that blue look green to you? Is it a trick of the light? Could be. Whether artificial or natural, light changes the look of color depending on its brightness and time of day. To avoid painting an entire wall and discovering that your color has transformed, paint a small sample of your desired color on the wall and let the light do its work. This way, you can get an idea of what the color will look like at any point of the day without wasting time and money.
The same concept goes for decorating with furniture and accent pieces. Ask for sample swatches of different fabrics that you can place in the lighting of your home so you can see just how that fabric interacts with the light.
Mixing Too Many Colors at Once
For most people, the goal is to make a room look cohesive and feel peaceful. You can’t do that if you mix too many colors at once. The goal is to find a balance. Try referencing the color wheel. There are warm colors and cool colors. You’ll want a balanced mix of those two. A good rule of thumb is the 60-30-10 rule. To avoid overwhelming the space, stick to three colors. 60% of the room is the dominant color, 30% is the secondary color, and the last 10% is the accent color.
Being Too Matchy-Matchy
The opposite of mixing too many colors at once is not having enough variety. Balance is vital in creating the perfect color palette for your home. You want to make a visual story with color in your home, and you don’t want that story to become dull and predictable. To avoid this, add a handful of small touches of color throughout your home that has nothing to do with your color palette.
Not Creating a Cohesive Home
If you want, you can make every room a completely different color scheme and style. However, that can leave things feeling hectic and messy. You don’t need to have the same color palette in each room, but adjacent rooms should have complementary colors in common, so you create a particular type of flow throughout your home. Create tie-ins so that your home feels like a total package and not just a few separate parts.
Playing It Too Safe
You don’t want to make your home more boring than it needs to be! To avoid this means you may have to take some risks, even with neutrals. Not everything has to be beige. Try a blush or a gray. Gray is highly sophisticated and great for painting an ample space because light will alter the hue ever so slightly from room to room. You can also use a beautiful bright color a vivid wallpaper to introduce color into a room. Make sure to pick a shade that complements your existing furniture and accessories for a cohesive look.
Using The Wrong Finish
Sometimes a color would have looked better with a bit of sheen for a glossy finish. Or, perhaps, a matte finish is just what you needed to finish the room. Just like testing a color in different lighting, you’ll want to try different finishes. Pin up or paint a sample of different finishes when picking out a color to see it in the space and the light.
Don’t Rely on Color Trends
Color trends are great for adding a pop of color here and there, but too much of an ‘in’ color can be a bad thing. You want to create a space that is timeless no matter what. Don’t invest too much money in a trendy color because you never know when your taste will change. Pick easily replaceable things. That way, you’re able to add modern freshness to a space without breaking the bank.
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