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10 Paint Color Mistakes We're All Guilty Of

Painting can drastically (and inexpensively) change the look of a space — for better or worse. The key to making it work? Avoiding these common mistakes when choosing your hue, say color experts Amy Krane and Amy Wax.

1 Forgetting About Natural Light

People often think darker colors make bold statements, but they fail to consider whether there is enough natural light in the room. Without the natural light, "the room closes in and what starts out looking dramatic ends up feeling somewhat depressing," Wax says.

2 Choosing A Color That Is Too Bright

People tend to be drawn to the cheery colors they see in magazines. However, these colors often end up overwhelming the room — especially tiny spaces. "Without an airy, well-lit environment, the brighter colors in a smaller space are overly intense and visually uncomfortable," Wax warns.

3 Relying On Tiny Paint Chips

Krane notices that people commonly overlook the importance of testing paint directly on a wall. "While hanging up a color chip will tell you something, it won't tell you enough. You need to paint color tests on your walls in large swathes, in areas of shadow and direct light to get a real sense of how a color will look."
 

4 Matching Too Much

Trying to match paint colors to furniture leaves room for clashing and honestly, it's boring. "If your colors blend in too well then there will be nothing interesting to catch your eye in the design of the room," Wax says. Krane warns against matching as well. She recommends choosing a shade much lighter or darker to complement the furniture.

5 Using White To Lighten A Space

6 Ignoring Shadows

7 ...And The Color Of The Floor

8 Dividing An Open Floor Plan

9 Choosing A Color Because It's Trendy

10 Playing It Safe

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