I wrote "Tips Avoid Color Mistakes" because recently I made a big one. Let me show you how easy it was.
I wanted a warm, soft neutral color for the walls of an addition, but was tired of Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige and wanted to try something different. This new room has windows on three sides and lots of sun pouring in all day long. The feeling I wanted was warmth. So I was drawn to the "sunny" or "yellow" color groupings.
I found a lovely warm shade, Sherwin Williams "Sundew." It looked neutral in the paint store. It was definitely in the "yellow" section of colors, but it was such a pretty shade, I decided to ignore that.
Mistake #1 - If it says "yellow," it's "yellow."
Next, I came home and painted a sample on the wall of an adjoining room. This is an interior room with two openings, a skylight, but no direct windows. Looked good to me.
Mistake #2 - Paint the wall sample in the room where you're going to put the paint.
I went ahead and painted the whole room. I though it looked a little yellow, but hoped I could live with it. The next day when the sunlight hit it, it glowed like a lemon drop.
Back to the paint store
where I chose Sherwin Williams "Sand Beach," a sandy tan without the
strong yellow undertones of "Sundew." "Sundew" is a gorgeous shade, but
would severely limit decorating options in the family room, and not a
good choice for staging. In staging you want to use a
that will appeal to every buyer.
I painted a sample of "Sand Beach" next to "Sundew" (in the interior room) and was amazed at how gray it appeared. Painted the room anyway and loved it! It was the perfect shade I was looking for. Soft, warm, and neutral.
Pictures of the Process
This is my color sample wall. The top color is "Sundew," and the
bottom color is "Sandbeach." Notice how "Sundew" looks perfectly neutral
in the darker interior room and "Sandbeach" appears gray?
Paint Samples on Interior Wall of Adjoining Room (Mistake #2)
Family Room Painted SW Sundew
Family Room Repainted SW Sandbeach
Tips Avoid Color Mistakes
Even decorators make mistakes when they get impatient and don't follow their own advice. Here are some tips to help you avoid making the same mistake
If you're decorating for your own pleasure and not planning on selling your home anytime soon, use these tips for avoiding a color mistake as a guideline, but don't be afraid to surround yourself with the colors that you love!