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Color Myths

Here are many common misconceptions about decorating with colour that many adapt as truths but are in fact myths!

A ceiling should always be white

A light coloured ceiling attracts attention. This is because our eyes are naturally attracted to objects that stand out, and white stands out the most because it has the highest light reflective value (LRV) of any colour.

But white is not always the most desirable colour for a ceiling. A darker coloured ceiling helps to direct the eye back down to head level, allowing it to focus on the lighter or contrasting objects in a room, such as the walls, furnishings and accessories.

Trim must always be painted white

It's true that white trim is generally suitable for all roomscapes. However, because trim colour can be carried through an entire home fairly easily, it can be either lighter or darker than the base wall colour. Dark trim in a rooma€™s accent shade can add a new dimension to a space.

Dark colours make a room seem smaller

Actually, contrast, not colour, makes a room seem smaller because your eye darts all over the room to focus on various objects within the space. Monochromatic schemes of any colour (light or dark) create the illusion of space by eliminating contrast. While this type of colour scheme is often elegant, it can sometimes lack the dynamic feel of multicoloured decA³rs.

Only certain colours go together

All colours can be combined, but the combinations depend on personal taste and the space in which they are placed. A unifying factor, like a colourful piece of fabric, often helps colours to blend together.

Paint colors must exactly match furniture colors

Paint colors selected from patterns and colors in furniture do not have to match perfectly as long as they are in the same color family and follow the same tones. Lighter or darker versions of the color can be very effective. To create a more custom look, select a variety of colors, textures and patterns that work together but are not exactly the same.

Pink is for girls, blue is for boys

Gender-oriented colors are definitely out of date. Kids' rooms today show creative uses of many colors and often focus on themes like the circus or zoo.

There should only be three patterns per room

The availability of faux finishes and a myriad of fabric patterns give us the freedom to bend this rule, as long as the final effect is not too busy or confusing. Scale and size often help us determine how many patterns to use.

Always decorate around the sofa

Because the sofa is often the most expensive piece of furniture in a living room, it is usually the determining factor in choosing the paint color. But this shouldna€™t restrict color choices. Slip covering the sofa in a neutral fabric gives you the freedom to paint the walls any color and change the color on the walls as often as you like.

Some colors are taboo

Colors considered taboo include black, dark brown, bright red, etc. These colors can be used effectively if they are part of an entire color scheme and you are ready for some drama. Black, red and white form a stunning contemporary combination, particularly in a kitchen or bathroom.

Color continuity means the same color throughout

Color continuity does not mean painting every room in your house the same color, but rather that there is some relationship between the color scheme of one room and the next. One or two unifying colors in adjoining rooms make them feel similar even though they look different.


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