Matching a color to your room can be a little difficult and overwhelming if you’re trying to do it for the first time. It can be especially difficult if the room is already full of furniture and other items used to decorate it. There are a few mistakes that are pretty common amongst new homeowners that you should be aware of, so that you can avoid them when it comes time to choose a paint color.
Not Thinking About Lighting
Going to the store and picking out a color that you think is beautiful is easy. Even basing your choice off of the color of your decor can be simple sometimes, depending on the type of furniture and decor you have in your home. However, something that a lot of people forget to consider is the lighting in that room, and how it will affect the color of paint. Depending on the lighting in the room, a shade that looked gorgeous in the store’s bright lights might look too dark in your isolated walk in closet, that doesn’t get much natural light. Before deciding on a color for sure, take a small sample home and test it out in the light to see how it actually looks on the wall.
Staying Too Neutral
Neutrals can be great, and if you’re unsure about which color you’re looking for, they can be the safest bet. However, if the furniture in your room is already neutral, you can end up accidentally causing your room to fall flat and look boring. Don’t be afraid to add a bright color to the walls, especially if the colors of your decor are pretty tame. You can even go with a light pastel color if you’re nervous about the color being too startling.
Going Over The Top With Color
On the opposite end of things, you’ll want to make sure you don’t go overboard with the amount of colors used in your room. Using too many colors can make the room feel chaotic and unorganized. If you decor is already varied in color, with many different shades and accents, consider using something more subtle to set the backdrop of the room. This doesn’t mean beige or white only. A pale gray or soft blue can be just as calming while keeping things interesting.
Not Considering Mood
One thing to always keep in mind is the mood that you want that particular room to generate. For example, the mood in a child’s playroom will probably be more bright, fun and energizing than the bedroom where you relax and sleep. Colors have a psychological effect on our moods, so make sure to consider that before deciding on a color.