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The Most Common Mistakes Made When Choosing Paint Colours For Your House

Are you ever confused when trying to choose colours for your home improvement project? You are not alone. Did you know that 80% of homeowners make mistakes when choosing their paint colours? For example, they pick the wrong shades, or they paint the wrong colours in the wrong rooms. Or they just completely pick the wrong paint colours altogether. Unfortunately, this results in regretting painting in the first place and having wasted their time and money.

For instances, you may think that the colour you chose right off the bat is the right decision. But, there is a lot of research that must go into this selection. There are some common mistakes to think about when you’re thinking about picking colours for both interior painting and exterior painting. So, Let’s dig into both!

Mistakes while Choosing Paint Colours For Interior Painting:

  • • Selecting colours in fluorescent light at the paint store. Don’t trust that lighting! Always take the swatches home and assess them in your own home’s lighting. 


  • Choosing paint colours as the focal point rather than complementary to the furnishings/room. In fact, you should really work towards everything from your furniture to your flooring as well as your interior paint colour perfectly complementing one another. 


  • • Picking paint colours that have the wrong hues in them. Think about if you want warm tones or cool tones. 


  • • Forgetting to consider lighting depending on the particular room you want to paint.


  • • Paying no heed to which side of the house the room is facing (North and East facing rooms always get less sunlight than west and south-facing rooms).
  • • Considering paint colours only from personal preference, forgetting to pick colours that will look good in the room.


  • • Not choosing the right paint finishes for the right rooms. 


  • • Selecting paint colours throughout the house that don’t complement each other.


  • • Picking the right colours but putting them in the wrong room. So, Choosing a paint colour for a bedroom is totally different from choosing a paint colour for a bathroom.
How to Choose Paint Colours for Your Home
The Most Common Mistakes Made When Choosing Paint Colours For Your House

Colours you Can’t Go Wrong With

In 2021, the painting trends are constantly evolving every season. Therefore, it is paramount to know what colours are just fads and which ones are here to stay. In this in mind, try to aim for top-of-the-line paint from companies with positive reviews. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams offer a vast selection of products to choose from with the highest quality possible.

  • • Sandy taupes
  • • Beige Taupes
  • •Light to medium tone greys
  • • White and Black will never go out of style either.
The Most Common Mistakes Made When Choosing Paint Colours For Your House
How to Choose Paint Colours for Your Home
The Most Common Mistakes Made When Choosing Paint Colours For Your House

Which Colours to Avoid

Steer clear of all these options listed below. For instances, your artsy friend who has rose coloured glasses may suggest one of these colours but do not go for it. These colours are not going in style anytime soon, so it is best that you are ahead of the curve for these undesirable colours.

  • • First, scrap any colour with a pink hue. Sunlight will not be its friend
  • • Secondly, do not pick pastels like light green, and light orange or light blue. These colours will look run down after time.
  • • Third, Avoid all colours that do not represent a traditional or modern aesthetic.
  • • Lastly, Steer colours that are not in natural light.

Mistakes while Choosing Paint Colours For Exterior Painting:

Ignoring their neighbours when choosing exterior paint colours. Most people want to have a unique feel to their home, but they also don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. There can be a nice balance there. 

  • 1. Not knowing if they want a more modern and contemporary look or if they want a more classic, traditional look. 
  • 2. Nowhere near considering their landscaping when choosing an exterior paint colour. Everything works together to create one cohesive visual message. So that includes your trees, shrubs, flowers and outdoor plants. 
  • 3. Picking the wrong hues. Natural light makes a huge influence on which colours to pick.
  • 4. Choosing paint colours inside the house or paint store versus outside in daylight. Take your paint swatches outside and look at them with the exterior of your home. It makes all the difference! 
  • 5. Forgetting to consider the direction the front despite of their house is facing.
  • 6. In addition, check out our Pinterest page any time for inspiration!
The Most Common Mistakes Made When Choosing Paint Colours For Your House
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