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Painting Alamo – Colors to Avoid for Interior Painting

Painting Alamo – Colors to Avoid for Interior Painting

When you are painting your Alamo home, you want to achieve the most pleasant result possible. With this in mind, there are some colors or color schemes that you may want to avoid, especially if you plan to sell the home in the not-too-distant future.

Some colors are very overdone and have become tiresome. One of these is the color that seems to be a mix of beige and gray, called “greige” by some. With a somewhat blah look, it tends to absorb light, making a room seem dull and dreary. While it can be perked up some with mirrors and accents, it may be a good idea to just avoid it from the start. Of course, some homeowners are able to make this color work for their décor and furnishings.

Two color schemes that have become a bit overly common are the faux Italian (mixes of red, gold, and green, often used for a “Tuscan” flair) and the cocoa brown and blue. You might try mixing them up a bit, adding blue to the former in place of one of its colors, or adding one of those colors to the brown and blue to accent.

White, while it is a common neutral that goes with nearly anything, is stark and plain. Instead, it is usually better to choose another neutral such as cream, light gray, or beige, and relegate the white to trim, where it will define your spaces nicely.

Dark colors can be too much, especially when you realize that they will look even darker when the room is darker or not lighted well. Checking out your colors in a variety of lighting – daylight inside, daylight outside, nighttime inside, and nighttime outside – will give you a better insight into whether or not you will like it. If you are not sure about the shade, it may be better to choose a shade or two lighter than your initial thought.

Bright colors can have a similar effect. When considering bold colors, you may want to choose a single wall to do, as a bright will look brighter when it covers more area. If you are not sure how you will like a bright or bold color, consider using a shade or two darker.

However, if you choose to use a bold color for an accent wall, it is often a good idea to choose a color that is not too different from the surrounding walls. You do not want the accent wall to be severe or distracting. It is better if it coordinates and complements rather than clashes with surrounding walls. Sometimes an accent wall is enough of an accent with simply a semi-gloss finish instead of flat.

Color really is an important consideration when painting your home. Consider avoiding these colors when you are painting your Alamo home.


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