Interior designers are always game to make their client's desires a reality, but when it comes to color, there are a few shades they'd rather not see—or work with—again. It's not that they don't like red (or peach or yellow) – it's just hard to get it right.
1. Too Much Red. "I really hate red—especially red painted walls! There have been a few exceptions where I have seen it done well, but in general I don't care if I never see another red room. Ever." - Jeff Andrews
2. Bold Hues that Totally Take Over. "I generally try to stay away from highly saturated bright colors, but if I had to pick two paint colors I hate to use on walls I would say it has to be deep turquoise and red. Deep turquoise is hard to pull off in an elegant way and can very easily look cheap, while red tends to take over a space very easily."- Susana Simonpietri, Chango & Co.
3. Too-Dark Brown. "Contrary to my name, I tend to stay away from brown as a paint color. It's fine for fabrics and furniture, but as a paint color, I often feel it dictates the room to be too dark." - Timothy Brown
4. Powerful Yellow. "There is one color I tend to avoid and that's yellow. For some reason, every time I visit a space that boasts a hefty dose of this sunshine-y hue, I walk away feeling as if the entire room lacks luster. Yellow reflects a great deal of light, giving it the power to quickly distort neighboring colors and textures." - Marie Flanigan
5. Shade-Shifting Beige. "One paint color I find very difficult to work with is beige. This may sound hypocritical, given the fact that I love working with creamy beige fabrics and color schemes, but when it comes to applying those tones on the walls... the creamy color tends to turn yellow or, in the alternative, peachy, depending on the light." - Lori Margolis
6. Dusty Hues. "I stay away from anything with a 'dusty' quality, such as sage green or Wedgwood blue." - Paloma Contreras
7. Peachy Beige. "The paint color I despise is Benjamin Moore HC-57. In some lights it looks like a beige with a lot of peach, and in other lights it looks like flesh. It is in the Historical Colors, which is normally my go to collection, but to me this is a color that is an in-between with no purpose or punch. It's just awful and I would be happy if it was ruled off of this planet." - Allison Paladino
8. Badly-Matched Red. "I rarely use red. I have seen so many bad red rooms. It's not about the color itself but how and where it's used, and most importantly, what it's paired with." - Wesley Moon
9. Saccharine Pinks. "Pinks are tough unless you're working in the realm of a hot pink or coral. Nothing is quite as nauseating as Pepto Bismal pink or an 80's shade of dusty rose. When in doubt, go for a shade that is very pale and soft or go for the extreme opposite. The bolder and stronger the better."- Antonino Buzzetta
10. Unflattering Peach. "My least favorite paint color is peach. I find it to be unattractive and unflattering. Thankfully the only thing I've had to do with peach in my design career is get rid of it!" - Karen Vidal
11. Expected Hues for Kids' Rooms. "My pet peeve is probably little girls' rooms painted pink and little boys' rooms painted blue. I just think there are so many more interesting options for kids' rooms — from wallpaper... to stripes or pattern. Kids' rooms should inspire their imaginations!" - Wendy Labrum
11. Dull Maroon. "When looking at shades of red, maroon is not as vibrant or exciting as crimson, nor is it as sophisticated or sexy as oxblood. Maroon is stuck somewhere in between." - Marguerite Rodgers