Paint can completely transform a space. Certain colors have specific “feelings” associated with them and as a result, choosing the correct color can create a seemingly perfect, well-put-together design. Since paint holds together a whole design, it is often encouraged to finish off the look with paint. If you are nearing the final step in your design process, we would like to share some common mistakes to avoid when choosing paint colors. These helpful tips will eliminate any questions, doubt or concerns when searching for the perfect paint color. Let’s take a look!
Four Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting Paint:
Mistake No. 1: Picking Your Paint Color First:
You will want to determine what you are keeping in the room if you are not starting the design process from scratch. Organize existing colors in the room starting with the flooring, furniture, window coverings, artwork, textiles, and area rugs. You will also want to take into consideration how much natural light comes into the room. Consider how all these variables play off each other and choose a color that can support these various items. Maybe you will decide to select your main wall color from an accent throw pillow, area rug or window coverings. If you pick your color first, you will limit your choices, and you cannot guarantee that your new shade will match the existing colors. This theory also works if you are starting your design process from scratch. Experts recommend choosing paint last to ensure that it fits within the current color scheme.
Mistake No. 2: Not Looking at The Whole Picture:
You will want to walk from room to room and understand the flow. Considering the transitions of your rooms is essential. You want the entire home to blend aesthetically from room to room. For example, you would not paint the kitchen a bright red and the family room a neon green. While the colors may look nice separately, they can clash during the overall transition.
Mistake No. 3: Picking an Overbearing Color:
If you love red, we do not recommend painting the entire room red because it may potentially overpower the room. Instead, choose an accent piece like a lamp with a red base or red accent pillows to introduce the color into the room. Wall colors with a lighter, more muted tone work much better for the wall color. The last thing you want is for the paint colors to fight for attention and clash with the other colors found throughout the room.
Mistake No. 4: Not Considering Emotional Goals:
Each color evokes a certain feeling. Warm tones and cool tones have specific attributes associated with them. For example, cool tones are often seen as relaxing and refreshing whereas warm tones are seen as cozy and comforting. When you are choosing a color, you will want to consider the feelings associated with it. For bedrooms, you may desire a comfortable, in turn, choose a warm beige. Whatever emotional goal you are trying to obtain, have your paint color help you get there.
If you are struggling with the process or have any specific questions, one of our expert sales staff would love to help you! At ICC Floors, we provide a one-stop shop for your design needs. Stop into our paint store where we feature high-quality, beautiful Benjamin Moore paint and a knowledgeable sales staff. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!