Whether you’re redecorating just one room or deciding to give your entire home a facelift, choosing the right paint colour is an essential part of the process. The right paint colour has the power to brighten and enhance a room. Whereas the wrong paint colour can equally darken a room and make things feel a little less comforting. When faced with a colour wheel you might be struggling to know where to start with finding the right paint colour. In this blog post, we’re going to give you some simple tips and tricks to ensure you pick the right paint colour for both your home and your room.
All of us are allowed to dream so why not start by letting your imagination run wild with some home inspiration. Search the internet, scroll through Pinterest, and even grab a few home design magazines to help get your creative juices flowing. By doing this, you’ll not only work out what colour schemes are in fashion but also the ones you like and dislike. From here you’ll have a good idea of what you can get out of your search for the perfect paint colour.
When searching for inspiration, you’ll probably do this naturally, but it’s essential you think about what would look good in your particular room. Consider the room, its position in your house and more importantly which way it is facing. Depending on whether your room faces north, south, east or west will play a significant role in how your paint colour will look.
Unless you’re having an entire room makeover down to the carpets and curtains, you might need to consider how your new paint colour will fit with your existing furniture. This is great way to narrow down your potential paint colour as you will only be able to see choose something which complements your existing furniture.
Some people love them, some people hate them – but little tester pots are a great way to see how colours will actually look in a room. If your room is particularly large, try painting a few squares throughout the room as this will allow you to see how it will look in different lights.
After you’ve painted your test patches, leave it for a week or so before choosing your final colour. This will allow you to see the colours at different times of the day and in a variety of different lights.
Don’t just test your paint colours on the walls. Test your paint colours alongside your furniture, fabrics and fittings by painting the colour onto a piece of poster board. Avoid painting your tester onto plain paper as the paint’s colour will be distorted. By testing your paint on a piece of plasterboard, you’ll be able to take it around your room and compare it to your various pieces of furniture, fabrics and fittings. Your colours don’t necessarily need to match but it’s always good to see they look good together.
Rooms in a house don’t all have the same purpose and neither does paint. So before you commit to buying litres of paint, consider how your room is used and what finish of paint you’ll need.
Here are some general guidelines:
This paint has no shine or sheen to it. Perfect for living rooms, bedrooms (maybe not children’s) and ceilings.
Similar to matte paint, matte enamel is a little more durable. Easy to clean and rarely needs retouching – which is essential if you have children or pets. This paint works well in living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens.
Satin paint is somewhere between matte and gloss – a little bit of sheen but not enough to be considered shiny. This paint is ideal for any room where you’ll need to give walls a wipe-down regularly (kitchens, utility rooms, bathrooms etc). It is worth noting that you should avoid using satin paint on walls which have imperfections, as these will only be highlighted further.
Eggshell paint has a very subtle shine but doesn’t have the same smoothness as a satin finish. This paint is better for walls which do have imperfections as they won’t be highlighted quite as much. Perfect for kitchens, utility rooms and bathrooms.
Semi-gloss is a shiny paint that is most commonly used on cabinets and skirting boards.
A very shiny paint, perfect for high-use surfaces such as railings and furniture.