With so many to choose from, picking colours for your home’s interior can be difficult. All those choices also mean there are many ways to get it wrong.
There are certain common colour mistakes that crop up over and over again. To stop you from falling into those traps, here are the mistakes people make along with a strategy you can use to avoid them in your own home.
The mistake: Trying to combine too many colours.
How to avoid it: If you think you might have too much going on with your colour choices, simply start to remove some from the equation. Start by ditching the most complicated colours, the ones that are most difficult to harmonize with the others.
The mistake: Not factoring in your home’s lighting and space.
How to avoid it: Colours will look different depending on the space in which they are used. Both artificial and natural light will affect the colours you choose, as will the type of surface you paint them on. When testing colour swatches, make sure to check them at different times of day when the lighting is different. If the colours you initially honed in on aren’t working in the room, try relegating them to use as accent colours and use a solid neutral to control the flow around them.
The mistake: Neglecting neutrals.
How to avoid it: Neutral colours may not seem the most exciting, but good interior design hinges on them. It’s also important to remember that beige isn’t the only neutral. Anchor your bold, deep colours with neutrals such as white, cream, beige, or black.
The mistake: Using colours in the wrong proportions.
How to avoid it: A good way to keep things in proportion is to use the 60-30-10 rule. This means using one main colour for 60% of the decor, a secondary colour for 30% and a final, accent colour for the remaining 10%.
The mistake: Going all-in with colour trends
How to avoid it: Be careful with trends when decorating your home. Unless you want to redecorate each time a new trend comes along, give some thought to create a look that you will love for the foreseeable future.