10 common mistakes to avoid when choosing paint for your space

Are you a tester pot hoarder? Read on for our top tips!

Selecting the right paint colours for your space can significantly impact its atmosphere and overall aesthetics. However, the process can be daunting, and many people make common mistakes that can lead to less-than-desirable results. In this edition of our “Ten Top Tips” series, we’ll guide you through the pitfalls to avoid when choosing paint colours for your home or office.

  1. Disregarding Existing Elements: Often overlooked, existing elements in a room, such as furniture, flooring and fixtures, should play a pivotal role in your paint colour decision. Ensure your chosen colour complements these elements rather than clashes with them, creating a cohesive and harmonious space.
  2. Neglecting Natural Light: Failing to consider the impact of natural light on paint colours is a common mistake. Always assess how your chosen colours will look in different lighting conditions, as the same shade can appear vastly different in natural sunlight versus artificial lighting.
  3. Ignoring Undertones: Undertones, the subtle hues within a paint colour, can affect the overall look. Neglecting to pay attention to undertones can result in clashing colours or a finished product that looks different from what you envisioned.
  4. Skipping Sample Testing: Never skip the crucial step of testing paint samples on your walls before committing to a colour. Lighting, room size, and existing décor can influence how a colour appears, so take the time to assess the samples in the actual space.
  5. Relying Solely on Trends: While it’s tempting to follow the latest colour trends, remember that trends come and go. Choose colors that resonate with you and suit your personal style rather than solely relying on what’s popular at the moment.
  6. Disregarding Room Function: Different rooms serve different purposes, and the colour you choose should reflect that. Consider the function of the space – for example, calming tones for bedrooms, vibrant hues for creative spaces, and easy to live with colours for communal areas.
  7. Overlooking Colour Psychology: Colours can have a psychological impact on mood and behavior. Be mindful of the emotional effects of various colours, and choose shades that align with the atmosphere you want to create in each room.
  8. Neglecting the Finish: The finish of the paint can influence how the colour looks and its durability. Matte finishes are great for hiding imperfections, while satin finishes are easier to clean. Consider the practical aspects of the space when choosing the right finish.
  9. Forgetting the 60-30-10 Rule: A balanced color scheme often follows the 60-30-10 rule, where 60% is the dominant colour, 30% is the secondary colour, and 10% is an accent colour. This helps create a harmonious and visually appealing space. (We don’t usually subscribe to ‘interior design rules’, but this one is simple to follow if you’re a beginner and need some guidelines)
  10. Rushing the Decision: Choosing paint colours should not be a rushed decision. Take your time, gather inspiration, and consider all factors before making a final choice. A well-thought-out colour palette can transform your space into a cohesive and inviting environment. Happy painting!

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