I once made such a large paint color mistake that it required me to learn a new way of using my paint color chips. You can use this technique, as well!
My Disastrous Paint Color Selection
Years ago while working in residential construction, I discovered a secret that I’ve never forgotten. By making a paint color mistake, I learned a valuable lesson that I now share with my clients on a daily basis.
Before my unfortunate discovery of this rule, my eye for color helped me “get lucky” numerous times by selecting great paint colors. All it took was my selection of one dreadful shade that helped me realize my haphazard way of selecting color needed an overhaul.
What is the rule, you ask? The color rule I now live by states that your wall color absolutely MUST be compatible with the color of your flooring.
While some of you may have been expecting something more earth shattering than that, the number one mistake I see homeowners make is not taking their flooring into consideration when selecting a new color of paint.
Every week I meet with clients that bring in a sofa pillow, or perhaps a piece of artwork asking me to help them select the perfect paint color. I explain that while I can find something that looks good with what they’ve brought in I can’t promise that the color will actually look good in their room until I see a sample of their flooring.
The fact of the matter is, many less than perfect paint colors can be found in homes with gorgeous furnishings which help to detract from how wrong they are. If you were to remove the beautiful love seat, grand piano, window coverings and coffee table from the room you’d quickly realize how important wall and floor compatibility really are. When there’s nothing to hide behind, an imperfect paint color can be downright offensive.
My Best Suggestion To You
The next time you need to choose a new paint color, visit the paint store and select a handful, or two, of color chips that interest you. Visit the store with no intention of purchasing anything. After taking your chips home, drop them on your floor. With all of your chips on the floor, stand up and take note of which look great with your flooring and which are just okay, or awful. Once you’ve removed the colors from your pile that aren’t compatible with the floor you can start analyzing the remaining chips with everything else in the room. Follow this rule consistently and you’ll find it’s much harder to select a poor color choice in the future.