So, you’ve decided to redecorate – great! But now you’re tasked with choosing paint colours and interior design themes, which can be a little daunting. From the psychology of colours to your existing furniture and immoveable room features, there’s a lot to consider.
Getting Started with Choosing Paint Colours
#1 Choose Colours that You Love!
When choosing paint colours, pick one that you love as the base, you can build a scheme around them.
#2 Go to Inspiring Places to get Inspired
It could be interior design magazines, digital publications like A Fancy Home, or visual social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram.
#3 Use a Colour Wheel to Generate Ideas
Use a colour wheel if you’ve picked your base colour but don’t know how to create a scheme, to find out which are complementary by seeing how colours relate to one another.
The Psychology of Colour
It’s important to remember that colours invoke emotions (albeit subconscious). The colour of your choosing should reflect the intended mood of the room.
#4 Use Lighter Colours to Open Small Rooms
#5 Use Warm Colours in Active Spaces
The warm section of the colour wheel (orange/red/yellow) raises energy levels and works great in active rooms like kitchens and children’s playrooms.
#6 Use Cool Colours to Relax
When choosing paint colours for rooms that will be designated relax zones, (like bathrooms or lounges), cooler colours such as blue and green are ideal.
(A colour psychology breakdown)
Red raises a room’s energy level – it is the most intense colour. This colour works well in living rooms or dining rooms, where it draws people together and stimulates conversation.
Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness; this makes it an excellent choice for communal areas where it’s energising and uplifting but not too intense.
Blue brings down blood pressure and slows the heart rate, which makes it a very calming colour. Therefore, blue works well in bathrooms and bedrooms.
Green is the most neutral colour and as a result is very restful for the eyes. It’s believed to relieve stress and help people relax.
In its darkest form (eggplant) purple is vibrant, dramatic and sophisticated. Lighter versions such as lavender and lilac are restful like blue, but a warmer alternative.
Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm, which makes it good for exercise rooms, games rooms or passageways.
Neutrals (Black, Grey, White and Brown)
These are the foundation of a decorator’s toolkit. Neutrals make great bases that can be supported by colourful interior accessories to create a scheme.
How to Work Around Existing Features
One of the best tips for choosing paint colours is to draw ideas from the furniture that will be staying in the room – this way it’s guaranteed to match.
#7 Pull the Paint Colour from Printed Fabric (a Sofa Perhaps?)
#8 Find the Paint Colour in a Piece of Art
#9 Mimic the Room’s Features
Is it a light room with lots of windows? Neutrals, pastels, and shades of yellow will accentuate well. Does it have a fireplace? Then choose brooding colours of deep intensity to reflect the central feature.
How to Shop for Paint Colour
The main thing to remember is to do your research before heading to a store. Thorough research will stop you from getting overwhelmed by the vast selection and heading home with completely redundant samples.
So before heading to a paint store, ensure you’ve:
#10 Picked a Vague Base Colour
#11 Researched the Type of Paint (and Finish) You’d Like
#12 Gathered Paper Samples (from Magazines or Printed Out) to Take with You
#13 ALWAYS Test Samples Before Committing to a Purchase
#14 Take Note When Out and About, the Colour of the Room and How It Makes You Feel
#15 Use a Paint Colour App to Test Your Room in Different Hues
Once you’ve tackled the task of choosing paint colours, make sure to read our article on What You Should Know Before Painting a Room – you can thank us later!
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