Monday, 25 May 2015

Choosing Colors: 5 Common Pitfalls You Should Avoid

Choosing colors for your home is not easy. Matching colors and finishes with use and aesthetics is indeed a challenge. Everyone in the family may have conflicting individual opinions and preferences. The best way to begin a painting project may perhaps be to ask first ‘How NOT to choose?’, rather than ‘How to choose?’  Such a question brings into focus the common mistakes people often make when painting homes. Here are 5 Common Pitfalls which are avoidable and which you should avoid.

Ignore NOT the effect of light

The amount of natural light differs from room to room. So too do shadows and artificial light. Get applied to a wall a brush stroke of the paint you think would be good. See how it looks during the day and at night. If the effect is not what you wanted, tell the professional painter why you don’t like it. Ask for expert suggestion, apply a brush stroke of the new paint and see whether you like it now.

Choose NOT the paint color first

The second common pitfall to avoid is to paint a room first, and then go for matching fabrics and furnishings. The right way would just be the opposite. Choose first the fabrics and furnishings you love. Then choose from myriad paint colors, shades and finishes to make alive the fabrics and furnishings, walls, ceiling and the floors.

Attempt NOT a medley of colors

We expect a home painted in different bright colors to be dazzling. But in reality it can turn out to be gaudy, and give a bizarre look. The more the colors used, the greater the possibility of their mismatch with spaces, furnishings and fabrics. Generally, no more than one or two primary colors along with a couple of secondary accents would just be fine.

Curb NOT experimentation

It is not safe to be too safe either. It’s your home: it should be painted the way you want it, not the way others want it. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional; experimentation leading to elation should be given due weight. Blue walls with bright red drapes may appear horrible, but not monotonous. Try out samples of fabrics and furnishings against samples of wall colors and finishes to see what pleases your eyes and what doesn’t.

Neglect NOT the focus of use

The prime use of a room dictates its color choice. A teenager’s room should reflect buoyant dynamism. It demands brighter and more colors than in other rooms. But those colors will not go with the unostentatious ambience of a study, library or home office.

In a word, the paint colors and finishes you choose for your home should reflect your family’s style.  They should promote your emotional well-being. Your likes and preferences dictate your choices; coupled with the expertise of a professional painting company, your dream of a snug, cozy home comes true.

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