Ready to paint a room in your home? Maybe it’s time to move away from white and put some color into your life. But choosing color isn’t as simple as falling in love with one of the hundreds of paint chips at your local hardware store.
If you’ve ever worked with some color, you know that there is a distinct difference between a paint chip and the final color that appears on your wall. Its for all the times that people have said “I loved it on the swatch but I hate it on my walls” that fear develops and walls end up staying white.
There are a few colors that naturally are harder to get right. And if you’ve ever had trouble with any of these colors, you’re not alone.
Red is difficult because there are many hues that simply aren’t made for wall space. The rich raspberry red that looks great in nail polish and lipstick will be overpowering in a room. If you get to much brown in your red, it will be dull and lifeless.
Overall, red needs subtlety, depth, and a certain nuance to keep it fresh from month to month. Look for rich, deep colors that will tend to blend rather than overpower.
Taupe may seem like an easy shade, it’s simply a shade away from white, but it can be difficult when matching up with other things.
Taupe has underlying tones that can either go pink or green. The problem comes when combining the two. Mix the two in a two-toned display and you’ll quickly see the tragedy in it. Look for the hue by comparing it to shades of red and green – you’ll quickly pick up the tone. Then match with that color combination to keep things clean and fresh.
Blue can end up being an overpowering color if you choose too bright. When people think blue, they often think about nature. “I want the color of the sky.” Or “I want to bring the sea color to my walls.” People see blue and ask for blue. But when they see it on the walls it instantly overwhelms.
In many cases what people really see is a shade of gray. By adding gray to the blue, you’ll tone down the brightness of it and make your room a calmer place to live.
Gray paint can come in all kinds of hues. Luminescent, silvery, gunmetal, silver, zinc or pewter, there are many shades of gray that come across as too metal-looking on the walls.
Gray is typically a color that can be pared up with anything. Gray walls, white trim, and you can accessorize with any color you choose. Watch for a gray that is truly gray, with a trend towards blue to keep away the metallic look.