This Is the Most Common Redecorating Mistake (and How to Fix It)

Sophie Miura

Walk into a stunning space and it's likely that the last thing you'll notice is the most important: the shade of white paint adorning the walls. Acting as a crisp blank canvas, it's one of the most underrated aspects of an interior, and, according to color consultants, one of the most common mistakes among renovators.

We hear you: White is white, right? Not quite. Anyone who has ventured to the paint aisle at Home Depot can attest that this seemingly simple decorating choice involves hundreds of swatch options. It's a minefield. "Although white paint chips can look very similar, on walls, white colors can appear vastly different," says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr. "If you choose a shade with the wrong undertone for your lighting and space, instead of feeling airy and bright, it could end up looking dingy, cold or dusty."

Put down the paintbrush and ask yourself these six questions to help you choose the perfect shade of white paint for your home. It just might be the most important decorating decision you make

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