Did I choose the wrong paint color?

Choosing paint color could be near the top any list of stressors. Hopes are slightly dimmed when faced with thousands of paint color choices, but you press on and choose the color you believe will be just perfect for your space. 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 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 3 signs that you chose the wrong color for your space.

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 light in the space, 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 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 color using paint boards. Using a movable board 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. If the problem is with lighting, not sunlight, then it can be easily adjusted.

Your cabinetry or flooring looks gray The wrong paint color can give a green or gray cast to white, making them seem suddenly out of place. Light stone or wood for flooring can also be at odds with your new paint color. A change in lighting can sometimes help with this issue, but most often a new paint color will be the solution. To avoid this problem, 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.

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