Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Colours
Right Paint Colours: When painting a new home, or simply updating the décor of your current home, a little paint can go a long way. Choosing the right paint colours can seem like a daunting task, but it really all comes down to what you like.
Rule #1 Go with What You Love
No matter what, the most important part of choosing the right paint colours is to choose what you like the best. After all, you’re the one that has to live with it. If you like bold colours, don’t be afraid to show it. Bold colours can be quite attractive in any home, old or new. Play off the colours of your furnishings and any architectural pieces (such as molding) and go wild.
If you like bold colours but aren’t sure that you would like them on your walls, consider using them as accents throughout your home. For example, you could have one accent wall painted bright red or blue. Or you could paint bookshelves or furniture with the bold colours and keep your walls neutral.
Start with an Inspiration
If you are not sure what colours to use, you can get plenty of ideas from magazines, pinterest or internet. When you have an inspiration and idea in mind, it is easier for you and your contractor to find perfect colours for your home.
Stick to a Scheme
Whether you are going with bold colours or sticking to a more neutral palette, you want to stay within the perimeters of a colour scheme from room to room. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have rooms be completely different colours, only that the colours are compatible so they are pleasing to the eye and don’t clash.
Staying within a colour scheme is made easy in your local home improvement store’s paint section. The sections with the paint cards will often follow colour schemes so you can see what colours are compatible.
If you are looking to paint your door frames and other built-in fixtures, create contrast by painting these a different colour. For door frames and molding, consider painting them the same colour but a shade or two lighter to create eye-catching contrast. Built-in bookshelves are another great place to create contrast. Consider painting the back of the bookcase a completely different colour to create a focal piece that really pops.
Pick the Right Sheen & Understand Undertones
Use the darkest color on the strip to discover the true color. This will save you from ending up with paint that is too pink, too blue, too yellow, etc.
Sometimes there might be a colour that you really like but that just doesn’t work, or one that you think might work but you aren’t really sure. The best way to decide is to try it out first. Bring home a test can of a few different colours and paint a large section (at least 1m by 1m) of each on your walls. Leave it there for a couple days and get a feel for which colour you really like in your house.
Buy testers in a few colors/ shades and paint a large enough area on a few different walls so that you can see how the light hits it at different times of the day.
Every colour is going to look a little different in your specific room and will change depending on the lighting, which is why it’s important to see it through a couple days.
Painting your home is a big part of making it your own. The colours you choose really set the mood and atmosphere of your home. So, take your time and go with what you really like.
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