1. Playing it too safe
Playing it safe when it comes to injecting colour into your rooms is a mistake, as it’s often the best way to showcase you and your family’s personality. Opting for safe colour schemes, patterns and textures can often have a negative effect on a room as it can leave it feeling cold, bland and unused.
2. Using the wrong finish for the job
There are lots of different finishes out there, from matte to full-on gloss and everything in between, and it’s a good idea to choose your finish in the same way that you’d select your colour – pin up or paint a sample of each finish on the wall you’re decorating and evaluate how it looks in different lights to see what works.
3. Using too many colours at once
Unfortunately, there’s not a simple rule as to how many colours you can use at once in a certain space, but it’s definitely worth remembering that simply chucking a load of colours together is unlikely to work. If the room feels too cluttered and closed-in, this could be the main problem. Start again from the basics, using one or two primary colours and a handful of secondary, accent colours and think about how you’re using them in terms of space in the room.
4. Not thinking about light and darkness
Light will have a huge effect on the colour or hue you choose, regardless of how long you’ve spent choosing at the paint store. Pin up a large sample of the colour and leave it on the wall you want to paint for a couple of days so that you can see it in the daylight and at night. This will include artificial light, too.
You can look at more info around on how lighting effects a room, too.
5. Not applying it properly
If you don’t value your DIY/decorating skills, it’s definitely worth looking to a professional, because no matter how great your choice of paint and actual paint you’ve gone for is, if it’s applied poorly, it’s not going to look so great. Darker colours aren’t the only ones that will show up mistakes too, as whites and beige will highlight any errors on things like trims and ceilings too.
6. Creating too many focal points in the room
As a general rule, there should only be one or two main focal points in the room, which generally means that bold, accent features should be fairly minimal so that you don’t achieve an ‘overload’ of contrasting interest pieces. Things like accent walls and colour pop furnishings are great, but use too many and you will lose all sense of balance and cohesion.
Read more on focal and statement furnishings for your home.
7. Making sure everything matches
That being said, being obsessed with the idea that everything has to match in terms of colour, pattern and texture is also a mistake. Using a strict colour palette in your home will soon feel bland, predictable and cold, so it’s a good idea to mix it up where you can. Throw in a couple of bold colours that compliment or contrast well with the room’s general scheme to add interest and variety.
You can also match blinds and curtains to your room in 8 simple steps.
8. Not creating a sense of continuity
No room in your home should feel out of place and out of tune with the rest of the house. You don’t have to keep the same colour scheme in each room, but it’s a good idea to use one or two elements from each room (whether it’s colours or something else) to great a sense of unity in your home so that each rooms flows into the next.
9. Using the wrong shade on your ceiling
Many people opt for a white ceiling, but this can backfire slightly in different lights. Different lighting can make whites appear grey and therefore quite dingy; especially in a small space. It’s therefore a good idea to opt for an off white – a cream or beige – instead for your ceiling and ceiling trims.
10. Not understanding how colour wheels work
Before you get started, it’s important that you have a good understanding as to what colours work well together and which colours don’t work so well. You can learn this from researching colour wheels. If you’re still at a loose end, you can chat to advisers at home stores who will be able to help you pick out colours and will point you in the direction of colours and textures that will compliment them.
Read more about colour wheels.