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Paint Color Trends to Avoid

We've all seen our share of failsafe colors in recent years, and maybe even used them in our homes. Here are some that you'll want to give a rest.
Choosing a paint color for your home can be about as overwhelming as naming your first born child. Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it's a pivotal decision no less. You've got the year's top choices, the classics and the ones inspired by generations (or in this case, homeowners) past to choose from.
View the slideshow above to discover the paint color trends you should avoid.
To help narrow the scope of this feat, I reached out to San Francisco designer and color expert Kelly Berg for help. For starters, "Any color that's used strictly because it's trendy should be tossed out," Berg says. "And sometimes it's not the actual individual color that gets overused, but the color combinations."
I thought Berg was on to something. One color in a home rarely stands on its own after all. The accent, the trim and the furnishings all factor into the scheme as well.
The important thing with any color choice is to use ones that you gravitate to (yes, even if it's that pea green everyone else has deemed hideous) and help you create the environment that you can feel most authentic in.
"Sometimes this means you can go full throttle with a trendy color; sometimes it means you can use that trendy color in small doses; and sometimes this means passing up on trends entirely," Berg says.

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Photo Credit: Klaus Tiedge/Corbis

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