Picking paint colours for your home can seem like a daunting task, but don’t be put off – we’re here to help. Of course, it’s important to stay on trend, like we discussed in our blog – Home Design Trends Autumn/Winter 2017, but it’s also important to choose the colours you love. Be inspired by your favourite colours and base your colour scheme around the shades that look and feel right to you. Not sure where to start? We have put together some of our top tips for picking the perfect colours for your home.
Search for Inspiration
Catalogues and magazines are always helpful to have on hand when searching for inspiration. Going online also opens up a world of opportunity and new ideas. Retailer sites and painting company sites are filled with beautiful designs and colour schemes to fuel your creativity. Social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram provide an unlimited amount of ideas and top tips for painting your home. Get familiar with Pinterest’s ‘boards’ to categorize all your inspirations and share them with friends. If you feel you need an extra helping hand in the process, call on a colour-consultant to point you in the right direction.
Get to Know the Colour Wheel
Introduce yourself to colour theory and let the colour wheel do all the hard work for you. Check out Adobe’s online colour wheel to experiment with colours and see how they relate to one another. There are also a multitude of colour apps out there that can suggest either contrasting or complimenting colours for your palette.
Using colour psychology in the home is a useful strategy to ensure each room is painted specifically for its purpose. This powerful design tool that can be used to set desired moods and to create a positive atmosphere for your home. Choosing the right colours when painting your home can also influence the perception of its size and space. To learn more about active, passive and neutral colours, and how to apply colour psychology to painting your home, visit our blog post – Colour Psychology: Paint your home the perfect colour
Beware of Undertones
Hidden behind your favourite neutral colour could be a hint of purple you didn’t want, or even worse, didn’t realise until you painted the whole room. How do you avoid this recipe for disaster? Sample, sample, sample! Test how your paint colours look in certain spaces, light and in reflection to other aspects of your home.
Tip: Pay particular attention to lighting
Utilise the light boxes in paint shops to test out paint samples.
Keep in mind:
- Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone
- Natural daylight highlights the paint’s true colour
- Incandescent lighting brings out the colour’s yellow and warm tones