Sabrina Soto dishes on the biggest painting mistake homeowners can make

All homeowners will undoubtedly agree on this: choosing a paint color can be a daunting process. And home expert Sabrina Soto tells AOL Lifestyle there's one big mistake to avoid.

"Not trying it out first, for sure."

The design professional says that many homeowners go to big-box stores, become overwhelmed and leave with gallons of one color without trying samples first. Bad move, Soto says.

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"One color could look beautiful in a space and look completely different in another space," she advises. "So I always tell people to get those sample pots, that's why they're there. Have them make you a few, not just one, a few colors -- and try them out first."

Because Soto has gone through the process a countless number of times, she recently partnered with BEHR Paint to bring her professional décor and DIY expertise to the brand's Color Clinic in late April. During the two-day social media event, color and design experts like herself shared advice and inspiration with DIYers tackling home décor projects. Soto, who says she used BEHR paint on many seasons of her HGTV shows, even has a go-to color: Silver polish.

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Okay, so I don’t have a guest bedroom, and definitely won’t anytime soon, but when I do, I think this mid century daybed is definitely the way to go. To sum it up: 1. Cover your box spring with a cute cover or sheet. 2. Attach mid century legs. 3. You’re done. There are no more steps. 


This would also be a great solution for a studio apartment, just sayin’  

Image via Sugar & Cloth


Desks always seem to collect knick-knacks, so whether you just need a place to house all your loose items, or you need a mechanism to store your office supplies, these little gold catch-alls are the perfect solution

(Cough. I don’t actually have a desk yet, but when I DO, these are going to be high on my priority list!)  

Image via homeyohmy 


This DIY coat rack is something I’m pretty sure Dot & Bo would sell for like $400. Except the pieces of wood are basically broomsticks you can buy at the hardware store, with a bit of leather wrapping. I mean, really? Please be easier. DIY home decor at it’s finest, guys. I’m determined to find a place for this to go in my apartment. 

Image via A Pair and a Spare


I’m not even sure this can be considered a DIY seeing as it doesn’t require any steps, but isn’t that the best kind anyway!? 

I love the idea of using wooden crates as shelves on a desk. You could also hang them on the wall! I’m secretly thinking of doing this in our bathroom, but I haven’t shared this with Neal yet. (Shhhh.) 

Image via A Pair and a Spare 


This dipped flatware DIY is an amazing solution for that old second set of silverware you’ve got lying around. Wouldn’t it be cute for entertaining, or a BBQ? And so easy too–just dip, hang, and dry! 

Image via Lovely Indeed 


I can’t get over how easy this is, and why I had never thought of this previously! Who knew making your own neon word light would be such a snap. 

Although I’m afraid I wouldn’t know which word to use. I think “hello” is a safe bet though, don’t you think? Which word would you go with? 

Image via I Spy DIY 


And finally, the little beauties you saw above–gold leaf clipboards! I think this is such a fun way to hang art on your walls, and a great example of how something super simple can make a huge impact! (OR it would make a great little gift, don’t you think?) 

Image via Lovely Indeed


For anyone who shies away from the permanence of paint, Soto just launched a temporary wallpaper line with Chasing Paper. That doesn't mean she's not into mixing and matching, though. Spice things up a bit and put wallpaper on the ceiling of one room and paint the rest of the walls, she suggests. We're into it.

Now, while Soto is all for homeowners painting their own spaces, there are projects that she believes should be left to the professionals. "I would say anything that has to do with plumbing," she said, without hesitation. "And removing popcorn ceilings."


Learn more about the #BehrColorClinicSweepstakes right here. It goes from now until May 19, and you can enter via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The grand prize is a $10,000 room makeover and a video chat with Sabrina Soto.

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