Building & Renovating

5 Signs You Picked The Wrong Paint Color

It's never too late to spruce up your walls with a fresh coat after all!


One of the hardest desicions you have to make when decorating your home is choosing colors to use on the walls. Since it acts as your backdrop, the walls can definitely make or break the space. Sometimes, you think you went with the right color but it still ends up clashing with your new couch once the paint sets. Stop second guessing and find out if you've mismatched shades by reading through these telltale signs: 

1. You always need to have lights on—even during the day. 

You can tell you've chosen a shade that's a tad too dark if you find yourself reaching for the light switch all the time. When midnight hues aren't used right, it can make a space look gloomy and cramped. If you don't want to invest in a full-blown renovation project, brighten up the room by adding an accent wall in a bright color to neutralize the look. 

2. It is making vibrant furniture pieces look dull. 

Is your chosen paint casting a gray shadow on your furniture and flooring? If so, you might have picked a color with too many cool undertones. To remedy this, add more yellow light to the room to help add warmth to the space. 

RL Tip: To make sure your walls won't dull down your decor, test the paint on a piece of cardboard and place it perpendicularly to the floor to see the effect before painting the whole room. 

3. You squint every time you enter the room. 

If you catch yourself dimming the lights or rolling the blinds more often than usual, you may have gone too bright with your chosen color. To avoid this mistake, sample the paint first. Put up a makeshift panel and place it in a corner of the room to observe how the color would look during the day or night.

4. Your skin has green undertones when you look in the mirror. 

Yes, you read it right—mismatched paint can change how your reflection looks. The colors that can give this effect are shades of green and gray, so it's best to avoid using these in spaces where we tend to check how we look such as the bathroom. If you're set on using a charcoal color, opt for warmer or neutral tones. 

5. You're never happy with the finished look no matter how many times you redecorate the room. 

If you've switched the throw pillows, moved the dining area, or changed the accessories of a room countless times but it still looks undone (and not in the good way), it might be time to pick up a bucket and a paint brush! 

Sources: House DAT and About 

PHOTOS: Popular Home Interior Design Ideas (Main) | Amanda Stadler via Pinterest and Refinery 29 | Home Bunch

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