6 Colour Faux Pas To Watch Out For

Updated: Feb 1

There is no doubt that decorating and privatizing your space can be a trying time. Seemingly, there are so many rules to follow, trends to research and colour combinations to unlock. Every space is personal to its inhabitant and can you really tell someone that loves the colour of the walls that it does not work for them? Well, maybe sometimes; sometimes we can all use a little feedback. It's always good to have a plan (thought it should always be flexible) and we may not always know what we want, but when it comes to choosing colours, here are 6 tips on what we should avoid!

1. Having Too Many Colours and Patterns In One Room

Colours can be tempting. Beautiful, vibrant and energetic colours seem to invoke positive moods and allow our imagination to run wild like a herd of horses through the Montana plains. But there can be too much of a good thing. And often when attempting to establish a diversified look, the result can end up feeling over-decorated, littered and even baroque.

2. Overemphasis on Accents, Details and Fixtures

Adding contrast is recommended for any space. Contrast can create depth, interest for the eye and help to create and theme and feel, depending on the colour chosen from the palate. An accent colour can be derived from an architectural feature in the room or space, an item within it such as existing furniture or directly from our imagination. Regardless to your choice of tone, it can be easy to lose one' sense of proportion when coordinating with accent colours, to the point where what was once supposed to be a detail in the mood has now become the intruding, dominant theme in your space. This is especially true when choosing colour schemes for large window blinds, shades and shutters as their impact will be more relevant with the increase of surface area.

The magical aspect to colours is that each invokes its own types of feelings, moods, temperaments...

3. Neon with Neon & Dark with Dark

Having fun with your colours is one thing. What you're trying to establish is another! Yes, neon colours are fun, eye-catching and daring. But mixing two neon colours will have them tussling with each-other and wrestling for your attention, causing it to be harder to concentrate on either. Conversely, blending two dark shades makes it difficult to establish a mood and the ambiance will become one of disarrangement. Details will be harder to regard.

4. Neglecting Your Space's Best Attribute

We certainly don't want to miss the forest for the trees, and we definitely don't want to deprive ourselves of a the best feature of our space by over-powering it, or neglecting it altogether. Whether it's a charming trim, an unconventional design or a natural element (such as a stunning urban or rural view), choose a shade that will not deter from these characteristics. Tones should be complimenting to the best feature of your space and choosing overpowering or unrelated tones may circumvent it as opposed to celebrate it.

5. Cool & Warm Colours In The Same Room

This deals with how complementary colours respond to their scenery and surrounding. The magical aspect to colours is that each invokes its own types of feelings, moods, temperaments and other such aspects. Blending complementary colours will have moods clashing and may result in an unbalanced feeling or sense. An alternate solution can be a different shade to the dominant one or even going with one of the colours being a black or white.

6. Don't Be Afraid To Experiment With Different Colour Combinations

Sure, some colour combinations don't adhere to the strict modes of fashion and decor. And sure, we may not all understand Sir Isaac Newton's Colour Wheel and appreciate his brilliant prism experiments. But does that mean that we can't experiment with all of the beautiful colours to our heart's delight? Have fun with it! It's not supposed to be a science project. It's supposed to look good, but even more, it's supposed to feel good to you.

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