Apartment Decorating: 5 Color Mistakes to Avoid

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Apartment decorating is a complicated task. Choosing the color of your furniture and walls is a great way to display your personality and tastes. It is impossible to completely prevent errors but there are 5 tips to assist you in avoiding major color mistakes.

1. Don’t Overwhelm the Room

Apartments are usually smaller in dimension and provide less visible wall space. As such, bright furniture or paint colors may overwhelm the room, making it appear smaller or more cluttered or distracting from the other pieces in the room. Neutral colors will make your entire apartment appear seamlessly decorated and not be overpowering.

Additionally, neutral colors will more easily transfer to new living spaces. Darkened or brightened neutral colors may add great contrast without being too intense. Ask a paint expert or furniture manufacturer or retailer if there are ways to add sparkle to tans, browns or ivories to make them your own.

However, if you really desire a big burst of color in your room, use matte colors as they will appear less bold. Painting a single wall rather than all four may enable you to use a brighter paint color, and you may be able to obtain the pop you desire through a patterned sofa or other piece of colored furniture rather than painting the walls.

2. Consider the Other Rooms

Try to maintain consistency in your rooms. Do not decorate two adjoining rooms with extremely differing colors as they will contrast and may create an eyesore. Use a color wheel to vary your decorating but still stay within the same scheme. If you truly love a piece of furniture or wall color not similar to the other colors in your apartment incorporate it by only using other neutrally colored pieces. Finally, check to make sure that paint colors in nearby rooms will merge well and not require an abrupt change resulting in an unsightly line.

3. Consider Your Current Furniture

Analyze the paint colors you like to see if they will fit with your current furniture. For example, a green sofa may not work well with yellow walls or the main color a patterned sofa may not be the best choice for walls. Do not introduce a new color into the room using a large piece of furniture as it will seem out of place. Dark colored walls may blend too much with dark stained furniture, as would light walls with light stained furniture.

4. Make Sure you Will Be Able to Re-Paint the Walls

Mistakes are impossible to avoid, and you should make sure you can change or cover any bad decisions. Dark or particularly shiny paint colors are more difficult to repaint. Finally, you may be charged a fine if you do not re-paint your walls when you move out of the apartment.

5. Buy the Right Type of Paint and Fabric

Consider the use and wear and tear on your apartment. Kids and animals are often harder on paint and furniture and should be considered in your choices. Higher shine paints are typically at withstanding high-traffic areas, and synthetic or leather fabrics will show less wear and tear.  Lighter colors will show dirt faster, and it is more difficult to fix scratches and dents in darker colors.

Color is a great means of making your apartment truly your own. Avoiding bright or distracting colors is an essential step in not making decorating mistakes. Research brands, manufacturers and retailers and ask questions about fabrics and paint and make decisions that are best for your lifestyle and furniture.

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