8 Common Mistakes When Choosing Paint Colours

8 Common Mistakes When Choosing Paint Colours

By Shelley Scales


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1. Choosing a paint colour in the store without checking it in the space.

Use a fan deck in the light where it’s going to be used. For example, lighting in South Vancouver is distinctly different from Northwest Portland.




over matching decoration 2. Over-matching.

This is to say making all the walls in the living room the same colour as the sofa. This is a colour scheme that has no colour “wow”.  You can find successful colour schemes in magazines, and in nature, using the colour wheel. Choose the colour scheme that best shows your personality.



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3. Not trying the colour first.   

Choosing the wrong colour can ruin the job, if you are not certain, do a test on the wall; it could appear nice on the card but have too much pink or yellow in it. Put it on the wall and wait 24 hours if you can. Look at in the different lights of the day and night.




4. Choosing cheap.

Good manufacturers keep their colours current and offer new shades to go with new furnishings.  They use quality colourants and have sophisticated formulations. They use the best components to make the paint, and this superior quality will show up in the end.


5. Painting too early.

Always choose the paint last AFTER you make a good layout, good focal point and a good message. Then choose flooring, lighting, and furnishings.  Choose paint last.  That’s how you get a custom coordinated look.





6. Being intimidated.

If you are having trouble picking just one colour, find 5 possible RELATED colours shades. Lay them out and choose the one that you like the best. That will at least get you started.  Then test the colour on the wall.






7. Not visualizing.

Bend the colour card so you are only looking at one sample at a time. Hold it up vertically in the room. If picking a ceiling colour, hold it horizontally above your head. Imagine that colour in the room.






8. No message.

Colour can speak─first work out what you want it to say. Choose the shades that best say that message. Even light neutrals have a message so choose carefully.







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