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A Guide to Choosing Your Paint Colour

by emily

in Design & Trends, How to, Interior Design, Variety

Choosing a paint colour for your home is not the same as choosing nail polish. Painting your home takes time and effort, so getting the colour wrong, could become very frustrating. Sure, you could always repaint. Start over, but then you think of all the time you have put into painting your house. The hours, the thought, the money, the effort – how can you possibly start over? That’s why it’s best to get it right the first time. Scrutinise the colour before you let it into your home.

If you do happen to make a blunder with your choice of colour, remember there are many paints to choose from. Simply get another colour and start over!  However, to prevent the extreme from happening, do this first:

A minimal start

Avoid starting off a on a big section of your home. Experiment with colour in a small section of your home like the bathroom, a small hall or area between rooms, or an accent wall. This way you will be able to select an area that is quick to do so you can see your results sooner, and be happy with it or change it, also keeping in mind that the homeware needs to compliment your paint colour.


Set the mood and work around it

Before you select the colour, think of the frame of mind you want to have when you enter the room. Should it be light hearted and fun, or should it have a cosy feel to it that reminds you of your grandma’s place? Whatever you choose, the paint colour should accommodate that feel.

The basics of colours need to  be considered: Soft, cool colours and neutrals will create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama and excitement. Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere. Whereas a deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance – perfect for dinner parties.

Lighting plays a vital role

When you head off to the hardware store test the paint colours first before you go back home to try your hand at these new colours. When you are at the store and test paint colour, you will be able to see the the true colour of the paint due to the natural light. You will also notice that the incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows. There is no point in taking a photograph either as the fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.

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