The new paint you chose went on the walls so easily, and at first, you felt really good about your choice. The color seems to match your new sofa or your cabinets, and it looks just like the photo you added to your mood board. But as some weeks go by you start to feel a little unsettled when you enter the room, and you aren't sure why. Finally, you face the dreaded question: "Did I choose the wrong paint color?" The answer may lie in one of four common reasons why paint colors don't succeed.
The Color Is Unflattering
The paint color on the walls can affect the appearance of anyone who walks into the room. This is a pitfall that's hard to avoid because you can't predict the real effect of the color until the room is painted. The most common offenders are green and gray in the bathroom or any room where you view yourself in a mirror.
If you're choosing a green for the bathroom, opt for warmer undertones, and keep the colors on the neutral side. The space where you see your face for the first time each morning is not the place for an extreme color. Pink, peach, and clear blue can be very flattering.
The Color Is Too Dark
You'll know that a color is too dark if you are turning on more lights than you had in past, if you can't perform the same tasks that you could before, or you just get a dark-room vibe from the space. A paint color that is too dark not only affects the lightness of a room but can make it feel smaller.
If you are certain the color you chose is too dark and changes in the lighting have not fixed it, consider keeping one wall in that color as an accent wall and repainting the other walls with a lighter shade of the same color for a harmonious look.
The Color Is Too Bright
At first, you probably won't notice that a color is too bright. The color may hit all the right notes in matching the decor and bringing great energy to the room. Over time, however, you may find yourself dimming the lights, closing blinds, and avoiding the room during the brightest times of the day. At night, you may suddenly favor the darker rooms of the house. All of these symptoms point to a color that's too bright.
The best way to avoid this is to sample the paint color first. Using a movable board or sample film allows you to view the color in each corner of the room, and at all times of the day or night. If your new paint color seems too bright only at night, try changing your light bulbs before trying a new color.
The Color Makes Cabinets or Flooring Look Gray
Paint color can cast an undertone on any surface in a room. The lighter the surface, the more likely it is to reflect an unwanted undertone. The wrong paint color can give a green or gray cast to white cabinets, making them seem suddenly out of place.
A change in lighting can sometimes help with color undertone problems, but most often a new paint color is the best solution. To avoid this problem in the future, use large sampling boards to test your paint against the cabinets and flooring. Be sure to place the boards perpendicular to the floor or counter, to get a true look at how the color will appear when the light hits it.