Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent from TLC’s (aptly-named) Nate & Jeremiah by Design understand the transformative power of paint – and its influence is very much on their minds at present. The designers (who have partnered with Behr to offer a veteran family a home makeover) sat down with H&G to discuss all things paint-related. 

Understanding how to use paint is only effective if you know what to avoid, too, they say. So, what is the biggest error you can make when painting a room – and how could this paint idea negatively impact your home? Both designers agree: the answer comes down to your lighting. 

‘People often choose their paint color without considering the lighting of their actual space,’ Jeremiah says. ‘What you see in a store with fluorescent lighting is very different from the natural light that will change with every hour in your home.’

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

(Image credit: Courtesy of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent / Behr Paint)

Nate Berkus emphasizes this, reinforcing that color reads differently depending on the time of day and your choice of lighting ideas – something many forget when experimenting with paint swatches. 

What should you do instead? 

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