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You’ve probably been asked at least once to paint a home a color that made you cringe or took you back to your grandma’s house that wasn’t updated after 1945. Some people either don’t test sample colors or simply have a unique perspective on what colors go together.

Some colors look different depending on existing elements in the room, like the trim or carpet color, so what a customer loved in their friend’s home might not look great in their kitchen. When you’re asked to paint a room a color you know will look bad when it’s done, what should you do? Should You Intervene with Paint Colors?
When you’re asked to paint a room a color you know will look bad when it’s done, what should you do?

What’s the worst color you’ve been asked to use on a home?
 

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Only doing interiors, some “ dramatic” colors are often chosen, especially for kids’ rooms. I can’t recall any truly terrible color choices. Once did a guy’s home office in a really intense orange, but that’s one of the main colors of a nearby state college, and he was a big fan, so it made sense.
Once was doing a big job where the chosen main color was an off white with slight pink cast called “Bunny Cake”. Every time I went in to my supplier to order more and had to say the name, the guys behind the counter would give me a hard time. I was glad when that job was over.
 

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I did a lot of work for a woman whose son was a friend of mine and I was doing things there every year or so.
Her daughter was about 26 when she finally decided to move out on her own and the lady called me to paint the daughter's old bedroom.
I went over there and she had a Wedgewood blue already picked out, she said that was the color of the hotel room she and her husband used to stay in when they made their yearly trip in the springtime to the North Carolina coast.
She said it had a large crown molding, high baseboards all in cherry, along with antique cherry furniture. I tried pointing out that this room didn't have the same type of furniture, didn't have any crown, had three-inch ranch trim and it wouldn't look like the hotel room.
She insisted that was what she wanted, so I painted it the blue and when I finished I told her to take a look. We walked into the room and she all of a sudden had this unpleasant look on her face and I never worked or heard from her again.
So I guess that she blamed me for pointing out that the room didn't have the accouterments of the hotel room.
 

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I'll verify that paint samples have been put up so they'd have a better grasp as to the final outcome. Beyond that, it's entirely situational. Folks who ask for suggestions or feedback will get it. There's a handful of beige-taupe colors that actually give off a pinkish hue, so I'll inform people of that to make sure they're into that sorta thing. Most of the older crowd chooses a color which they've used in the past, so you've got to be tactful. I once painted an older ladies home the same color her late husband always painted it...Lobster red on the bottom half and pink on the upper. Had I even questioned the color scheme initially I'm sure I would've been given the boot. She was absolutely tickled when we finished. Despite her elation, I opted not to include it in my before & after portfolio.
 

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I couldn't say it's the worst or even such a terrible color. It was just somewhat recent, and the thing that made it terrible is that it was a small kitchen with relatively low ceilings (7' ish). And she wanted all of it done in that color - ceiling, walls, trim. And it's actually a little greener than it appears on my screen. So when it was done, it felt a little like standing in a pot of pea soup.

https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us...r-color/color/csp-770/sagebrush?color=CSP-770
 

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6 years ago we painted complete home including wall, doors, base, crown everything but ceilings flat black on a 3 bedroom ... even the closet, he loved it but called last year wanting to sell and needed it all repainted in white $$$$$$
 
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I sold a contractor 20 gallons of a lime green paint designed to match sticky note green. A lady was going to paint her house this color, then paint her foundation a chocolate brown with regal blue shutters.

I also had a lady last week request 2 gallons of flat black paint for her bathroom. Eeegh.
 

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Bright Pink & Chartreuse in the same room! If Ho wants something hideous I offer my services as an artist/ colour consultant. If they refuse, I say, sure, you can do that but you'll need another company to do the work because I can't have my name on it. that tends to make them think. Most often they allow me to advise them.
 

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I never turned down a job based on color choices. If they asked, I would give them my honest opinion with the proviso that I wasn’t going to have to live with it. If they didn’t ask, I didn’t volunteer any opinion. Sometimes, you just don’t know how it’s going to work until it’s on the walls and I ended up redoing a room or two (on their dime) over the years.
 

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I never turned down a job based on color choices.
My entire advertising plan was referral only. It does not matter that I do not pick the colours, if it looks like heck there is no way I'll get a call from anyone that sees it. I great colour consult can work out to many more, spin off jobs. So, I never, once, agreed to do a job I thought would look bad.
 

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Topping the worst color list was a stuccoed modern beach house that the client wanted painted flamingo pink, combined with garish aqua-marine greens/blues & purple colors on architectural steel accents scattered all over the property. The building inspector stopped by the project my first week into finish, telling me that it wasn’t Miami Beach, the colors being in violation of village ordinances, and placed a stop work order pending village approval. After the flamingo pink color was disapproved, we ended up changing the color after having purchased all the pink paint.
 

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I am fond of light colors and I felt very sad to use bright colors. As the client insisted to use dark colors, I have painted it with it.
 

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My editor never says that, but when I submit proposals and receive comments on the final color, he may ask me, “Was this color too much of a bubblegum pink?” or “Your changes seem to have made the green look like Chinese Elm bark.” (I’m getting really tired of the color orange.)
 

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Plaid. Worst color ever! They were Scottish and the customer couldn't make up their mind between Tartan plaid and catholic schoolgirl skirt plaid. They finally settled on the Tartan (DUH!). The paint store hated me because they burned a few dozen gallons before they got it right.
 

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Ok, not a home, but a business. Some manner of rolling stand-up shelving "cart" in a very high end, chic clothing store. It sits in front of one of the front plate glass windows. I have no idea if I'd have conjured this color thought at any given moment, but this thread was reactivated now, and I got this color spec today.

I might wear a welders helmet to apply it. Or at the very least some dark sunglasses.
 

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I once did a feature wall in "Deep Space Blue". Must have done 4 coats and still wouldn't cover. Told the lady I wasn't doing any more coats.
 
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