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Choosing Paint Colours

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Choosing Paint Colours

Choosing paint colours for the interior of your home can be a bigger task than you expect. There are a plethora or different colours and shades, and they will all look different in your home than they do on a colour chart. You have to live in your home, so choosing a colour, or a selection of colours which will be pleasant for you is important.

Consider who will use the room, and when they will use it, for example whether it will be used by children or adults, at morning during the day or at night. For example, adults using a bedroom mainly at night may not mind darker tones to the walls. Children using their bedrooms during the day would probably require light, brighter tones and colours. Colour will convey a sense of space and energy, which should be considered when you are choosing paints.

Light colours will make a room look larger, while dark colours will make a room look smaller and closed in. However dark colours can be striking. Feature walls are not in fashion anymore, however wallpaper is, so a feature wall with wallpaper can really add flavour to the room. If you are considering wallpaper, then it will be important to match the colours to this. Also consider the furniture and soft furnishings in a room, such as curtains, blinds, upholstery, cushions and rugs. The colour of a table cloth, bed spread or doona in a room may seem insignificant, but that is far from the truth. A large expanse of colour in the room such as with these items should be considered as it may affect the colour you choose for the walls.

Get a range of sample pots from the paint shop, and paint a square on the wall at least 1x1 metre in size. This will give you a good idea of the colour, which may turn out very different to what you envisaged from the tiny square on the colour chart. Once you have chosen a colour, consider altering the shade by getting a sample pot mixed with white by percentage, and paint more sample squares. Painting sample squares and making sure you have the right colour will save time and money in the long run. There is nothing worse than hiring painters, and buying paint, and only realising the colour is wrong after the whole room is covered in it. The other thing you can see with samples is how they look in different light, depending on what time of day it is.

Colours will also appear different in relation to coloured furniture, and floor coverings. Consider what colour the carpet, tiles or wood is before you choose a colour for the walls. White or beige walls will reflect or take on the colour of something nearby, such as the floor. Consider having contrasting colours to avoid the floor and walls melding into one. This might be the look you want, however, to enable a piece of furniture or other feature of the room to stand out.

There are some computer programs which will help you to visulise what colour will look best in each room, by being able to change the colours in a picture of the room. However this will not be able to show you the effect of light on a room, and how it looks from different angles. Nothing can beat painting samples.

Not only will you need to pick colours for the walls, but also pick colours to use for accents and trims. This is not absolutely necessary, but can add texture to the room.

When you are ready to start painting, make sure you have chosen premium quality paints, as they will last longer, and be resistant to fading. If you DIY, don’t forget to prepare the surface properly to give the painting job the best chance of looking good.

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