Avoiding Mistakes When Choosing a Wall Colour


At Red Letter, we are your go-to shop for decorative wall finishes. Whether you’re looking for DIY friendly decorative paints, or stunning walls installed by our artisans, we have all the materials you need for a bright, colorful makeover to any room or area in the home.

One area we spend a great deal of time on with our clients is colour. Design schemes take into account far more than just basic color names or themes, and there are several areas you should be keeping in mind as you choose yours. Let’s look at a few common mistakes we’ve seen people make in this area.

Colours Vs Tones

The first and often broadest mistake people make when it comes to color selection is assuming that a colour is, well, just a colour. That may sound confusing – let’s explain.
For every major colour out there, you can break things down into smaller bins that refer to “tone.” Each major colour has warm tones, cool tones and neutral tones, and these can look very different in a given room. Some tones may appear differently in certain kinds of light, such as sunlight versus man-made. This is why it’s important to try out samples in different lights and make sure they’re the look you’re truly going for.

Don’t Go Too Bright

Many of us want bright, colorful themes in our home color schemes, but there’s such thing as going too far with this. It’s important to consider how you’ll be matching furniture and other room elements with your wall colour, and doing so for exceedingly bright colour schemes is much harder. If you absolutely must have a bright colour, at least consider a pastel shade or something a little softer as an accent.

Going Seasonal

You may think your bright yellow, sunny tones look fantastic during this summer period we’re in currently, but will you feel the same by next winter or autumn? Only go with a seasonal design if you’re 100% sure you can commit to it the full year-round.

Forgetting About the Floor

Not only does wall covering have to complement furniture in a given room, it has to complement flooring as well. Matching here can vary widely depending on whether the room in question uses tile, wood, carpet or some other flooring type. Consider how the shade you’re looking at will clash with or complement your flooring.

For more on important colour choice mistakes to avoid when choosing wall finishes, or to learn about any of our wide range of products, speak to Red Letter today.

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