7 Color Mistakes to Avoid

Finding the right palette can be daunting. Steer clear of these common dilemmas.

Don't Overlook the Basics

Choosing a color palette can be a difficult task, but set yourself up for success by knowing the basics of the color wheel and how different schemes work. Photo courtesy of Shaw Floors.

living room blends traditional with contemporary

Don't Forget the 60-30-10

Follow the color principal of 60-30-10 to create an aesthetically pleasing color scheme. Divide your color choices into percentages: 60 percent is a dominant color, 30 percent is a secondary color and 10 percent is the accent color.

Don't Ignore Your Lighting

Always consider how lighting will affect your color choices. Before finalizing your selections, see how each color will look in the room during different times of the day.

Don't Think Neutral Means Beige

While beige is a neutral, shades of your favorite colors can also act as neutrals in your room. A neutral just needs to be a balance of warm and cool tones, like the shade of red used in this living room.

Neutral Bedroom with Plush Bedding and Pillows

Don't Overload Your Palette

While a mixture of colors can be beautiful, too many or the wrong shades together can create a disastrous look. Follow a favorite color scheme, like monochromatic or complementary, and stick with the 60-30-10 rule to create the perfect palette.

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Don't Always Rely on Color Trends

Adding a trendy color to a room's palette can be the fresh take you need, but choose where you use the trend wisely. Wall colors and accessories can be easily switched out, but when purchasing furniture, choose shades that will stand the test of time.

pretty in pink butlers pantry

Don't be Too Gender Specific

Pink isn't just for girls and blue for boys any more. Bring shades that are usually marked for gender specific rooms into the living areas of your home.

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