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16 Utterly Terrible Paint Schemes


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Your first real taste of freedom might have been the day your mom said you could paint your bedroom. Really? Any color I want? Cool! (You used to say “cool” back then). It was your first chance to show your style. The results may have included some groovy striped wall graphics in orange and gold and a poster of the Rolling Stones. Or were you the Farrah Fawcett type?

That was then and this is now. To make sure you don’t accidentally redecorate your house in 70s flashback, here are 16 utterly terrible paint schemes that you’ll want to steer clear of.

1. Calling Out a Warning

Yellow means caution, slow down, be careful. You should take it as a warning sign. Too much yellow will leave you feeling edgy, uncertain, like everything is about to stop but never does. Yellow makes babies cry and it’s the lightest color of the color wheel. It’s not even really a color. It’s more of a tinge.

J.D. Salinger wrote about yellow in his classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. “It’s no fun to be yellow…what you should be is not yellow at all.” Yellow is the color of uncertainty and cowardice. Yellow means blond jokes, bee stings, fever, peeling paint, double yellow lines, legal pads, and warning flags at the Indy 500.

Not everyone hates yellow though. There are those who love yellow. They say it lightens their mood and makes them think of summer flowers. Vincent Van Gogh once remarked, “How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun.” Then he went mad and cut off his ear.