Multi-Colored Walls: 4 Dos and Don'ts

Create a unique and contemporary look by painting multi-colored walls in your home. However, if you do it the wrong way, you could end up creating a space that is too busy and looks like an eyesore. As you plan your multi-colored walls, keep the following dos and don'ts in mind. 

1. Do Put Different Colors in Different Rooms

One option is to use different colors for different rooms in the home. Many people make the mistake of trying to be various colors on the walls of the same room, and it ends up making the walls look like a giant quilt. Instead of doing the multiple colors all in the same space, spread it out throughout your entire house. This will allow you to get some variance in colors and create a little bit of excitement. To keep the look unified throughout, consider adding a common feature like a white runner or crown molding.

2. Do Integrate with Color Schemes

Try to integrate the paint color of each room with the color scheme that you are already using. Pay attention to the furniture colors, the color of the carpet, the color of the drapes, and any other colors that you might find in the room. You do not want to go with a color that is so different from the rest of the color scheme that it clashes. This might also cause you to have to go out and purchase new furniture, carpet or drapes in some cases.

3. Don't Get the Shade on the Sample

Paint is not the exact color that appears to be on the swatch. In most cases, you should go with a shade that is slightly lighter than the one that you think would look best. The shade on the sample will generally always be a little bit darker when you put it on the wall. Therefore, many people who pick the exact color of the swatch that they like in a disappointed because the walls look different once they paint them.

4. Don't Forget About Coordinating Colors

Try to use coordinating colors whenever possible. Many people think about doing multi-color walls and simply choose random colors that do not necessarily go together. If possible, get a color wheel or look at one online in order to see colors that go together well. When you choose a color for one room, try to choose a coordinating color for a room that will be adjacent to it. If you have a big space between two rooms, you do not necessarily need to try to coordinate the colors. However, if the walls will be intersecting and both colors will be visible, you should try to coordinate colors whenever possible.