Choosing what colour to paint a wall of your home?
We get it. It’s stupidly tricky at times. Let’s say you’re painting your kitchen. It’s a room everyone in the house uses every day, and it can be expensive and time-consuming to get it done professionally, meaning you only want to tackle it once.
This means you’ve got one shot to get it right to stay within budget, so you want to make it count. Fortunately, we’re here to help.
This post is filled with need-to-know advice to help make the process a lot easier and ensure you choose a colour you’ll love for years to come. Here are seven expert tips to help you select the perfect paint colour for your home.
When choosing the best colour, the kind of lighting the rooms in your home have is crucial. This means thinking about both artificial and natural light because these light sources will significantly impact how a paint colour looks.
If you have lots of shaded areas, remember that a darker shade of paint will make the room feel even darker. Similarly, a bright room with lots of natural light may feel overwhelming with a vibrant paint colour.
It’s all about finding the right balance.
The best way to counter this is to test paint samples in the room at different times of day to see how the colour changes with the lighting.
The room’s purpose should play a big role in your paint colour choice.
For example, a bedroom should have a calming and relaxing colour, while a home office may need a more energising colour to keep you motivated. Match the colour to how you want to feel.
The colour of your furniture and decor also impacts how a paint colour looks, but this can work in your favour.
Take a look at the pieces you already have in the room and consider whether you want a paint colour that complements the furniture, creates an excellent sense of flow, or contrasts with them and helps the furniture pieces stand out.
Okay, now we’re getting into the core of this, starting with your colour palette. You never need to settle with a single colour, but most interior designers recommend three colours.
This goes on what is known as the 70/20/10 rule, where each number represents the percentage of how much a specific colour is present in a room. You’ll have one primary colour for the room (70%), complimented by a secondary colour (20%) and then accented with a final, more subtle or striking colour (10%).
Select several colours that work well together and use them throughout the room. This will help create a cohesive and harmonious look.
Size matters when it comes to painting a room. Generally speaking, lighter colours can help make a small room feel larger, while darker colours can make a large room feel cosier. Choose wisely.
We mentioned this above, but it’s so important to think about it before committing to a whole gallon of paint. Just take your time experimenting with paint samples.
Whether you’re using colour cards to test the waters or actually paint a large swatch on the wall and live with it for a few days to see how it looks in different lighting and at different times of day and how you actually feel about the colour, you’ll be seeing on a daily basis.
Ultimately, the perfect paint colour is one that you love and feel comfortable with. While there are all these tips and considerations to think about, at the end of the day, it’s all about what you want and what you feel comfortable with in your own home.
Sure, the interior design industry has trends, but it’s your home, and you should have it your way. Do what you love and build the home you love.
Trust your instincts and choose a colour that speaks to you.
Choosing the perfect paint colour for your home can be much easier when you know how to go about it. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating the home of your dreams.
Looking for some professional guidance?
Contact us today here at Neil Hayes Painting and Decorating.
Established back in 2004, I’ve been helping houses look and feel like homes for families across the Liverpool area. For guidance or a professional painting service once you’ve chosen your colours, contact me for a free quote today!
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