There is generally a lot of thought put into deciding what colour to paint your home’s walls. It should be compatible with your existing furniture and it depends on colour, shape and the type of furnitures you have. For instance same colour won’t go with the metal and reclaimed wood furniture. It’s not a task that you undertake very often, so it needs to be as right as possible for you the first time round. There isn’t an exact art or science to picking that colour that suits you best. It’s more about how that colour makes you feel. Are you looking to be relaxed by a cool shade of blue, or excited by a bold block coloured wall? That’s where we start.
1. Start by looking at your existing furniture and decorations. You don’t want to have to go out and completely refit your space just for picking the wrong paint colour. If you already had a colour scheme that worked well but the walls started to look a bit shabby, create a mood board to help you work out other shades that might work well together with your colour scheme. This will give you the chance to experiment with the possibility of using bolder colours without making it permanent.
2. Samples from DIY stores come in very handy too. You don’t need to start going around testing them out on your actual walls, but getting small pieces of cardboard to try them on and hanging them around the room can help you to visualise how the colour would flow through the room. Many experts advise against holding paint samples and shade cards against white backgrounds as they make the colour seem much darker than it actually might be, leaving you with a what seems like a washed out colour when you apply the paint.
3. Make the most of the space you have available. In smaller spaces, a combination of light and muted colours with mirrors placed around the room help to make the space seem larger. It’s a simple yet an age old trick used by interior designers. When it comes to decorating bathrooms for example, you want to stick to creams and shades of white to give a cool and clean feel to the room.
4. Start by picking a colour and then look at the different shades and tones available. Keeping your walls painted in a lighter shade gives you the opportunity to add slightly bolder tones to decorative furnishings such as curtains and cushion covers. This way, you can have a variation of tones of the same colour around the room without making the wall colour too dark.
5. Finally, keep it simple. If you’re planning on using more than one colour in a room, make sure that you balance the bolder colours out with a pastel or light shade of cream or even a contemporary slate shade. Focal walls can be very effective, and yet overwhelming to the eye if it is not offset with lighter tones around the room, so just consider your choices before slapping it on.
These are just a few tried and tested tips when it comes to picking that perfect paint colour. The key message is to experiment and to see what works best for you, your personality and the use of the space.