Did You Choose the Wrong Paint Color?

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Choosing paint color could be near the top any list of stressors. With good intentions and hours of decorating shows on TV, you somehow have managed to choose the wrong paint color. 

The new paint goes on the walls easily, and at first, you feel really good about your choice. This color seems to match the new sofa or the cabinets and looks just like the photo you added to your mood board. As weeks go by, the you start to feel a little unsettled when you enter the room, but aren't sure why, and you ask yourself, "did I choose the wrong paint color?" Here are the 4 signs that you chose the wrong color for your space.

You look terrible in the room

This is a subtle sign that can be easily missed. All it takes is the wrong paint color to change the appearance of anyone that walks in the room. 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 a trendy, but extreme, color. Pink, peach, and clear blue, can be very flattering. 

You're turning on more lights

You'll know that a color is too dark if you are turning on more lights than you had in past. If you are avoiding tasks that requires more light and had previously done them in that room, then the color you chose is too dark. 

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 lighting has 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. 

You're squinting

At first, you don't notice that a color is too bright. The color you chose hits all the right notes in matching the decor and bringing great energy to the room. You will know that your color is too bright when you find yourself dimming the lights, closing blinds, and avoiding the room during the brightest times of the day. At night, you suddenly favor the darker rooms of the house.

The best way to avoid a too-bright paint choice 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 in the evening, try changing your lightbulbs before trying a new color

Your cabinetry or flooring looks gray

Paint color can cast an undertone on any surface in a room. The lighter the surface, the more likely 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 will be the 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 light hits it.