COLOR & IDEAS
Choosing paint colours for your home
Ever been in a fix about picking house paint colours when redecorating? Join us as we help you figure out how to go about it!
We know choosing paint colours for your house is never an easy task and requires a bit of thought as you’ll be surrounded by your choice of shades for a while. Let’s find out how to pick the best hues that you will be pleased you picked!
1. Start with an inspiration
You can derive inspiration from the daily elements in your life such as a beautiful colourful blanket you love, a curtain or even a cup! Look for inspiration from your surroundings, it’s all around you! Be it the greens of the lush gardens you love or the blues of the ocean facing your sea-front house or if you’re city-bred, the skies!
Bringing the outside in is a popular inspiration for colour schemes. Here’s an important tip when using this technique, make sure to sample the colours in daylight and at night with the windows open and closed to see how it translates in your space. You can even look for inspiration from existing décor pieces or artworks and pick colours from them to create a colour scheme for your house.
2. Stick with neutrals
Colour is good but you need to first decide where you want the attention in a room to go. If your answer is the walls, then you should opt for bold shades. And if you go bold on the walls, everything else in the room should be neutral so that you don’t end up with too many things clashing.
Important Tip: Look for neutral shades for the walls if everything in the room is going to be bold and vibrant.
3. Use testers
Testing a few colours and trying it on some patches of the wall in your room will give you a better idea of how it looks when light hits it at different times of the day. Try your best not to test your paint against white walls as it will throw the colour off. However, if you have to, just do a larger test area.
4. Test your paint colours against furniture and fabrics
Along with testing the colours on the walls, you also need to check it against your existing furniture and fabrics. You can paint a piece of poster board with the colour you wish to use on the walls and hold it up against the sofa, table, or other furniture items and kinds of fabrics. Even if it does not match completely, it works if the undertones go nicely together.
5. Pick the right sheen
What you need to know about sheen is that it accentuates the flaws on the surface, which is why if you are trying to mask flaws, go with as little sheen as possible.
There you go! We hope you found our quick tips on how to choose the perfect house paint colours handy!