You walk into a room and feel something is 'off'. Nothing in-your-face-this-looks-hideous, just something not right. Your eyes scan the walls, looking for the culprit and...nothing.
It could be a simple case of mixing clean vs. dirty colors, a common mistake that happens to homeowners and designers alike. Most rooms (read- most) look best if all clean or all dirty colors are used. When clean and dirty colors are mixed, not only does it break up the harmony, but it makes other items in the room such as the curtains or carpet look dirty.
So you know how I said this is simple? I may have exaggerated. Because a clean color can be clean in some contexts but dirty in others. And the classification of clean and dirty changes when compared to one another.
Look at these two swatches. Can you tell which is dirtier?
It may be difficult to decipher on the computer screen, but the first is the dirtier of the two. Neither is a 'better' color than the other, it just depends on where and how it is being used.
Stay tuned for my own struggle with clean and dirty colors in my living room... and how I fixed it!