What to Do When You End Up Picking the Wrong Paint Color
So you have recently redesigned your home or you have just bought a new one and had the walls painted professionally. The only problem is that the color ended up a shade lighter, heavier, darker, or brighter than you expected. In this article, we will share four tips on how to correct this and help correct the situation before it is too late.
1. Return it to the store or have it exchanged.
Painting is just like baking as it involves a lot of mixing. However, when you are painting with only a single color, the best way to do is to test it in a small patch. When you realize that the paint color is not right, you can easily take it back to the store where you bought the paint and ask if they can offer an exchange. In some cases, they can provide some aid to add tint and alter the color to reach your desired shade.
2. Consider adding other paint colors.
If the store management does not allow returns or exchanges, the next advisable move is to add white paint to lighten or black paint to darken the existing color. Sometimes, it’s not only black and white paint that can rectify the problem. Adding a different hue of the same color can also do the trick. If the paint color ended up being too bright of an orange, you can add a color that is closer to brown to deepen.
3. Change the room lighting.
The worst thing that can happen is realizing the wrong paint color only after the entire walls of the room are completely painted—and you have budget constraints. Repainting the room is not an option, but you can instead change the room lighting to adjust the color effect. Paint colors may look different depending on how light bounces against the wall.
You can install dimmer switches to your lights to tone down the brightness of the paint color. On the other hand, adding brighter light fixtures either on the side tables or hanging down from the ceiling will make the room become instantly brighter when the paint looked too dark.
In addition, it is important to note that the entrance of light through the windows of rooms differ in sizes. Big windows will reflect more light, while small ones will tend to pop out less sunshine. You may want to take a look in this perspective as well visiting homes for ready occupancy such as those condominiums for sale along EDSA.
4. Think of accessories.
When you don’t have the option to repaint the walls, room accessories can also help to make the paint color look brighter or darker as you desire. For instance, you can choose to add cushions, rugs and throw pillows that complement the room color to create more visual interest. To make sure that you get the right shade of the accessories this time, apply the same paint color on a small piece of cardboard and take it to the shops with you. You can also bring a sample of the fabric. Then, check if the items will match whether put indoor or outdoor and see the effect that natural lighting does before purchasing.
There are times that even careful planning produces an unexpected result. Discovering that the perfect paint color you have picked out in the hardware or paint store did not turn out the way you wanted is sad news. But there is not much to worry. When you are armed with creative troubleshooting techniques, you can overcome color mishaps and treat the paint color problem.
Yyanna Reema Marquez is a student- writer based in Manila, Philippines. She is a student of Interior Design and love to explore places that offers extraordinary experience. Connect with her on Twitter