Choosing paint colours in your home is not easy. You only have to look at the number of colour options available to see how overwhelming it can be. Here are our top seven tips that will help make the process easier and ensure you choose colours you will love.
Choosing Paint Colours: 7 Top Tips
1. Look at What’s Staying
Start by looking at things in your home you will need to work with. This includes flooring and furniture if you are not replacing them. In the kitchen or bathroom, it could be the colours of your units and fixtures. In other rooms, it could be something as simple as the colours in a piece of artwork. You don’t want a colour scheme in your room that works against anything that is remaining, so taking them into consideration will reduce your options to make colour selection easier.
2. View Your Home Holistically
The rooms in your home should flow from one to the next. This means taking into account the colour scheme in other rooms of the house when deciding on the colours for a particular room. Of course, you don’t have to use the same colours throughout, but the flow should not be disjointed.
3. Read and Research
Read interior design and decorating websites, blogs, and magazines for design ideas and inspiration. Don’t worry if you don’t want a colour scheme that is on-trend as you will still get ideas from looking at professionally designed schemes.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Neutral
Neutral doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, you can add impressive effects by using colourful artwork, furniture, and/or furnishings in neutrally painted rooms. Also, it is much easier to alter the colour scheme in a room by change furnishings than it is to get the room redecorated. In other words, neutral colours give you flexibility. Neutral colour schemes are also good if you plan to sell your home in the near future as they are more likely to be accepted by prospective buyers.
5. Light is Important
The lighting in the room will impact the effect of painted walls. Therefore, you must consider how the paint will reflect light and how much natural light the room gets.
6. Half It
Do you really love a particular colour but think it might be too strong, vibrant, or dominant when on the walls of your room? One option you should consider is going for a colour that is half the strength of the colour you like. You can even go down to quarter strength to dilute the impact further. This lets you keep the colour but in a subtler way.
7. Get Help
If in doubt, you should get a professional to help you choose the colour scheme in your home. This could be an interior designer but if you don’t want to go to that expense, your decorator can help. Decorators paint walls and ceilings in homes on a daily basis so have seen almost every imaginable colour and colour combination possible. A quick chat with your painter, therefore, can move the colour selection process along considerably. In addition, don’t forget to run your plans past your friends and family – they can be a good sounding board for your colour scheme ideas, particularly if you know someone with a flair for interior decorating.
Over to You
Here’s one final tip: don’t get overly stressed when choosing colours for your home. It should be an enjoyable process and one you should take your time completing.