Myths die hard. The practice of saying “God bless you” every time someone sneezes is said to be a 6th century practice triggered by the bubonic plague. Many believe that the birthday celebrant’s wish will be granted if he’s able to blow all the candles on his birthday cake in one breath. Friday the 13th and walking under a ladder are considered bad luck. Like the theater performers who believe it’s bad luck to wish a colleague “good luck,” home decorators over the years have also accumulated myths of their own.
Myth #1: When the windows are small thus admitting little light, white should be used.
Truth: The little light that small rooms admit isn’t going to matter that much even if your wall’s all-white, so why bother with white when you can paint the walls any color you want? Rich color is exciting, almost fulfilling. Splash your walls with the rich color you love.
Myth #2: “My mom hates color, that leaves me with nothing but neutrals.”
Truth: It’s worth delving into what precisely does your mom mean when she says she hates color because, really now, it’s absolutely inconceivable that someone would hate color. Your mom may not really hate color, but may simply be uncomfortable with your choice of palette. Your mom may even be hesitant simply because she’s anxious her favorite metal home decor might clash with your color scheme. What you can do might perhaps be to involve her in your color decisions. Bring her slowly to accept color by suggesting medium natural shades for your less important rooms first. Then as she feels more comfortable with color, introduce her to darker and brighter ones.
Myth #3 If in doubt, do nothing.
Truth: This might be a good idea in a Rodeo Drive boutique where mindless splurging on dresses can send you to the poor-house. It’s not a very good idea when one’s decorating her home. Pick your favorite color. Everyone’s bound to have one. Horrified to let people know purple melts your heart? Don’t mind them, go ahead with purple. Color’s an individual choice, pretty much like having music notes wall art even when you can’t play any musical instrument– it couldn’t get any more personal than that.
Myth #4 Use cool colors in south-facing rooms, and warm colors in north-facing rooms.
Truth: It is true that to some people warm colors like red is inappropriate in a south-facing room, while cool colors is unthinkable in north-facing rooms. They would reason out that rooms that receive direct sunlight must have cool colors, and those which do not must have warm colors. The only problem with this is that some people might actually find cool colors in north-facing rooms restful. Similarly, some people may actually associate red in a south-facing room with Valentines Day, finding the effect romantic. Besides, the lighting variables as the sun moves through its course and as the seasons replace one another are too numerous and not always predictable that it might not be well to be entangled with it altogether.