This Is the Biggest Mistake People Make When Choosing a Paint Color

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Not to state the obvious, but selecting a paint color is an overwhelming process. As anyone who's undertaken a trip down the paint aisle at Home Depot can attest, this deceivingly difficult decorating decision involves hundreds of swatch options. Even shopping for a simple shade of white isn't as straightforward as you might expect.

To help take some of the guesswork out of the selection process, we turned to none other than Natalie Ebel, the co-founder of Backdrop, a direct-to-consumer paint retailer boasting a curated offering of just 50 shades. When it comes to choosing a paint color, "The biggest mistake is not trusting yourself and your own sense of style," says Ebel. "From there, there is no right or wrong answer. Just make sure you sample the color in your space before painting," she wisely points out.

Ahead, the co-founder of Backdrop weighs in on five paint color mistakes to avoid (and how to fix them), including the best way to put paint samples to the test and why you shouldn't stress over curating a cohesive color palette.