Warning: Some of you are going to be quite shocked when you find out what the most common interior decorating mistake is, because well… it’s sooooooo common and therefore, you’ve possibly done it. Hey, I’ve done it too, but I try not to.
Therefore, I’m going to just jump right in here and relieve your curiosity and then you can go home. That is; unless, you’d like to stay for dinner and find out what to do instead.
The Most Common Interior Decorating Mistake is— Choosing the Paint Color BEFORE
You Choose Anything Else
Oh geezzz Laurel. Tell us something we don’t already know.
Okay, you know this so why are you still doing it? Okay. Wait. I know, I know. I know because I’ve heard it all dozens of times.
- we’re moving in a month and the house is all done in barfola Talbot’s taste [aka: lots of tackyyyyy floral wallpaper in hideous colors]
[oh gawd… is that mold growing on the far wall? This is an example of how to do EVERYTHING WRONG. Are you sure you want to buy this train-wreck, honey?]
- We just bought a house, but I’m having a baby in 3 months and furniture [except for the nursery] is the last thing on my mind.
- We can’t afford to buy any new furniture right now but the house really needs painting
- I got a brochure at the paint store. Thanks, but we’re all set. :]
WAIT! No, you’re not! That’s largely marketing BS. You do know that right? I’ve picked up some of those brochures. Nice ideas and sometimes they’re okay, but check this out from one well-known paint company. [not Benjamin Moore]
Their claim is that you “simply can’t go wrong.” You can take any color in this palette and use it next to any other color in the palette.
Are they forking kidding me?
For some of us more gullible types. Jus’ cause somethin’ is in a glossy brochure and some idiot says it goes, don’t necessarily mean that it’s so!
But… getting back to your dilemma. Hey, I do hear you! You NEED to paint, but I don’t want you painting yourself into a decorating corner. [i know] :]
I’m presuming that all of your furniture got destroyed in a [fill in the blank]. You are starting from scratch, but not right now. You have nothing, but all you know is that ya gotta paint!
So, here’s what you do to avoid this common interior decorating mistake.
- start collecting images on pinterest for your dream house and put them on one board. Don’t think too much about this. And only pin what you LOVE!
- look at fine art for inspiration. Here are some posts to help with that, here here and here.
- look at the clothes you wear
Here is where you will begin to see a color palette.
One color or family of colors will be your “lead color.”
This is the color that ties all of the rooms together because it is in every room. It might be something small, like a vase, but in every room, lives some of this color.
- The next part is the most difficult. You need to plan out your room. Now, this isn’t written in stone, but do you like a lot of painted furniture? the greige look? mahogany?
- If you like a lot dark wood, you can’t wimp out and paint everything white. You need some hunkier colors.
- Go to a store and select a few fabrics that work in your scheme.
You can go anywhere that sells fabrics. Usually, they’ll snip you a cutting to take home.
Now, you at least have enough to go to the paint store to take out some paint samples to make some more informed selections.
Your wall color needs to coordinate with your LEAD COLOR.
If it does, it’s going to go with all the other colors in your palette as well. Please note, the word is coordinate, not match.
How do I know if it coordinates, Laurel?
hmmm.. you do get up and dress yourself, right? ;]
Folks, this isn’t brain surgery! If you like it together, IT GOES!
Keep your large rooms more pale. Small rooms can go deeper. Stick to one trim color. You can look here for my list of the 20 great shades of white.
This post also has a lot of great neutral colors.
And if you’re a fan of light gray colors, click here.