Are There Right or Wrong Paint Colors?

Are There Right or Wrong Paint Colors?

Marcia Prentice
Mar 17, 2010

The other day we were talking to our friend. She was updating the look of her home with new paint, and we suggested incorporating color into each of the rooms. We're not sure why, but she did the opposite of our advice and painted two rooms a version of brown to only be disappointed with the results. We gathered a few inspirational photos that we hope explains why certain colors work best with one another, while others may disappoint.

Now that we displayed some positive examples of paint colors, it is time to discuss some examples of colors we personally do not think work well. It seems a majority of our design conversations with our friend involve what not to do and what colors not to use. We have a general idea of color theory and the psychological effects of color. We love color in general and are drawn to the excitement of vibrant, saturated colors. Certain colors and neutral tones just put us on edge and we would like to completely ban them from home interiors. Undesirable paint colors is a topic we have covered before, but sometimes we just need to be reminded once again. Ready for the list of our personal "do not like" colors?

Paint Colors:

  • Maroon
  • Navy Blue
  • Sky Blue
  • Moss Green
  • Pale Yellow
  • Pastel Purple
  • Gold
  • Mauve
  • Princess Pink
  • Peach

Paint Neutral Tones:

  • Tan
  • Brown
  • Beige
  • Cream

Do you have any paint colors that you would like to add to the list?

[Editor: please note this post was edited to reflect noted feedback from readers]

(Images: Home Design Find, The Lennoxx, Modern Bedrooms, Simon on the Side)

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