Put your brush down! You may be trying to paint the wrong color… Have you taken a step back and inspired beforehand? Are you sure you are not going too fast? Choosing a decorative color for your wallpaper, paint or furniture is not a decision you should take lightly. Remember that the color of the furniture and walls determines the mood of your room.
If in a paint or wallpaper store, you seem like you are seized by the amount of choice you are offered, that’s okay. The hesitation is understandable. Choosing the colors for your living room decor can be intimidating, as it raises a number of questions. Which shade to choose and how to coordinate your furniture and accessories? Here are 6 colors to avoid when decorating your living room.
1 – Avoid the yellow and red association
In general, colors that are relatively close to each other on the color wheel harmonize quite well with each other. However, this is not the case with the two primary colors red and yellow. These are colors which call out and which side by side cause a shock because they are both very vivid and very intense. This is the effect used by advertisers by associating them. Together, these two colors form a visual appeal, which is often used to advertise promotions on certain products. The combination of red and yellow has a strong but rather uncomfortable effect in terms of decoration.
In general, you should avoid combining the three primary colors red, yellow, and blue with each other, as it never really results in any good. Unless you have a lot of daring and exceptional talent, of course. Because in itself, no color is to be avoided, there are just some that are easier to handle and combine than others. In contrast, blue, yellow and red together are better suited for accessories, for example. The brightness of primary colors can be counterbalanced by more natural tones. Their neutral side can clearly attenuate an overly intense red, blue or yellow tone.
2 – Avoid so-called candy colors such as turquoise and pink
The color turquoise is by definition not a pure color, but a mixture of green and blue. Since colors like turquoise or pink are often used for candy in the food industry, they are also referred to as “candy colors”. Like candy, these colors should only appear in the right proportion on the walls of your home. Avoid using turquoise and candy pink to paint your walls, but also for large furniture. Instead, use these splashy colors as visual punctuation in the form of cushions, vases, or flowers. Of course, once again, a professional will be able to do wonders with these colors. It’s just that they are not easy to use.
3 – Avoid black and navy blue together
Also in this case, the two colors of the color wheel are just too close to each other and do not create a pleasant feeling when put together. The two tones are hardly distinguishable. Also, this combination looks very dark, it would take a lot of lighting in the room to optically compensate for this color combination.
4 – Avoid the association of pastel colors
Pastel pink or pastel blue are tender colors that are sometimes popular. Most of the time, we talk about them as “layette” colors. As a result, these two pastel tones, especially in combination, are more reminiscent of a children’s book scribble. When it comes to the furnishings, these colors together give a slightly surreal effect which does not create a cozy atmosphere. So it is best not to use too many pastel shades. However, these colors can be harmonized well with more neutral shades or the same color in a stronger tone.
5 – Avoid combining purple, orange and green
Purple, orange and green are the complementary colors of yellow, blue and red, the three primary colors. In combination in pairs, these work very well – since they are complementary, logical! On the other hand, if you mix green, orange and purple with each other, the result you will get will be less happy. Because these tones don’t really harmonize. In addition, we can no longer distinguish them individually, none of the colors stand out. As a result, no contrast is created in the room and a visual imbalance appears.
In addition, orange and purple in particular are not considered to be full furnishing colors, as they tend to have an overwhelming effect. In addition, they are neither a pure color like red or blue, nor a natural shade like green. It is also difficult to classify them in terms of the effect produced. So you might as well use them in contrast with other colors, for example a gray sofa with orange cushions.
6 – Avoid brown on your walls
Avoid brown? Yes, on the walls, it is sorely lacking in light. It should obviously not be associated with black, because on the walls, it would be too dull. And then, these are two colors that are too close, almost similar. You don’t want a dark and monotonous universe? On the other hand, of course, use it in the form of leather, wood. It is in its natural form that it really makes the difference. Combined with green, beige or greige, it creates a beautiful, pleasant harmony. If these associations seem too dull to you, enhance them with tips of bright colors, therefore primaries to create a contrasting visual effect.