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How to avoid mistakes when choosing colors: tips and opinions from forums -

You are considering hundreds of paint samples, but notcan you decide and choose a single color? For hours do you choose between shades of "egg yellow" and "sunny yellow"? To be mistaken with color is scary, that's why we collected professional advice, real stories and made a list of the five most common errors when choosing a color. And how to avoid them, read in this article Choose a color for the interior - the task is not from the lungs. No matter how carefully you try to use burgundy or deep blue, on the wall it may not be the same as on the sample, and you will either have to repaint the room, or reconcile with the inappropriate color. To protect you from a color disaster, we talked to a professional designer and learned from ordinary people what problems they faced when choosing the color for the interior. In this article, we tell you what you should pay attention to, which in no case can not be done, but that on the contrary - it is possible and even necessary. Error 1. Overdo it with color Imagine: after a long and painful search, you found your ideal color. He looks great on the sample and not worse - on the wall in your house. You fell in love. In the store, you unconsciously drag to the veil in exactly the same shade as the walls in the bedroom. It seems that this chair will perfectly complement your new favorite color. Stop it! It is here that lies the catch: finding an ideal color, it is very easy to get carried away by it and overdo it. How to fix: know the measure. No matter how you like the color, you do not need to fill the room "from head to foot." Examine the finished color schemes and find it in them - as well as those colors with which it harmoniously combines. In addition, if your new favorite - saturated and active color, be sure to dilute it with neutral elements of gray, white, beige or any pastel color. Error 2. Do not get out of the comfort zone You madly like the lime color, but it's scary to paint all the walls in it. You wanted to buy a bright blue couch, but eventually chose a beige, because it is more practical. Red kitchen set? You have dreamed about it for a long time, but hardly ever dare. And such examples - a million. Of course, using only a neutral palette and safe color solutions, you will avoid serious mistakes, but sometimes a boring interior is the biggest mistake. How to fix: do not be afraid. Naturally, screaming eclectic interiors are not suitable for everyone, so start small. Use bright accessories (especially good in this case textiles) or a single piece of furniture. Dreaming of a purple chair? Buy it and put it safely in the center of a neutral interior! Indulge your desires, and to not get too carried away, see point 1. Our opinion: - If you do not know what color to dilute a very unflattering neutral interior, we advise reading about. Also do not hesitate to use cheat sheets: for example, in the article you will find a color scheme that is safe for the living room, or you can read about what warm colors to choose for a bedroom, and look at the finished palettes. Mistake 3. Do not let your eyes rest As much as you do not like experiments and do not want to paint gray everyday life, even in the brightest room there must be a zone that will allow your eyes to rest from the abundance of colors. Undoubtedly, filled with juicy tropical flowers, the living room will warm you even in winter and certainly will impress the guests, but you will get tired of this diversity much quicker than you think. How to fix: observe the balance. Bright colors are excellent, but be sure to leave a room in the room for rest from them. It can be a wall neutral in color, calm carpet, beige sofa, soft pastel textiles or natural finish. In general, anything in a calm range. Error 4. Ignore the finish. It's amazing how great the finish really is. The color on the sample and the color on the wall can be different beyond recognition, and all because in reality there are additional factors. Material, texture, relief, gloss or lack thereof - all this gives the color new shades and makes it play quite differently. And, unfortunately, ignoring the finish, very often at the output you can get effects that are far from those that were conceived. How to fix: test the paint. Having bought a jar, do not rush to paint all the walls in the room. Try it on different types of finishes, in a matte and glossy look and so on. Also, be sure to check how the paint looks on a particular material and under a certain light - this also plays a big role. Error 5. Use for all rooms one color scheme There's nothing wrong with filling your house with your favorite colors, but using the same combination in the whole apartment is usually not the best solution. With rare exceptions, apartments in the same palette everywhere look too boring and sterile, as if you got a ready standard finish and you did not want to add anything of your own. How to fix: add diversity. To overdo the stick and to use for each room a new color scheme is by no means necessary, but here to beat in different variations two or three is quite a good idea. And to link the entire interior together, use each color link in each room: for example, the color of the walls of the kitchen can be repeated in the textiles in the bedroom, and the tiles in the bathroom will have the same shade as the sofa in the living room. Our opinion: - Another good way to link the interiors of different rooms is to use a decor from one series or furniture in one style. For example, to elegant dining chairs under the antiquity, you can pick up a Victorian armchair in the living room or a delicate trellis in the bedroom. But with what errors on their own experience faced real people - forum visitors: We made a big mistake in choosing the color for our last bedroom; All four walls we painted in a very beautiful and very rich brownish-red color with a glossy sheen. In the end, he looked absolutely different than he wanted! The work of art has turned into something disgusting, the room has become like a dark box ... I do not know for sure, but I think it would be better if we used a matte finish. mimilady The importance of lighting and the choice of light bulbs have already been discussed, but what about rooms in which there is no natural light? I painted the bathroom in pale blue, which I liked on the sample, but it does not have windows, and the color looks quite different. He irritates me so much that I have to repaint the room. I do not know what color will suit a room with artificial light alone. UKLynn Light is very important! I painted the living room with natural light in a bright coral, and he really liked my friend. She lent me a jar and dyed her kitchen, which is fully illuminated with built-in lights and almost does not receive natural light. In this artificial light, the color turned out to be terribly bright. ZoeMcC Fortunately, I managed to paint the bathroom only before I learned an important lesson. The sample was exactly as I wanted, but the larger the area I painted, the more ugly the color became. Therefore, it is very important to see in advance how this or that color will look on all walls when it begins to reflect itself. MaryHS Also we talked to the professional designer decorator Julia Dudareva and received from her three valuable tips on choosing the color for the interior:

  • do not forget about the rules for combining colors;
  • when choosing colors, not onlypersonal preferences, but also take into account the influence of color on the psychoemotional state of a person as a whole - knowing these features, one can maintain a certain mood;
  • Do sample stains directly on the wall or on a piece of cardboard / gypsum board.

Julia Dudareva, designer: - The size of the sample should be at least 0.7 x 0.7 m. This will make it possible in reality to understand exactly how the colors you choose will look, whether you are comfortable with them and how much the color from the palette differs from the real one. In general, all selected materials for decoration - whether it's wallpaper, paint, material for flooring or fabric - it's best to always look at the object and in the complex, taking into account the lighting of your house.