How to Choose the Right Paint Colour

How to Choose the Right Paint Colour

Repainting your walls can revive your interior space and change the entire look and feel of your home, but when it comes to finding the right paint colour, it can get a little tricky. Before you go ahead and splash your walls with your favourite shade of blue, here are a few expert tips from Haymes Colour and Concept Manager, Wendy Rennie that will help you choose the right colour fit for your interior space.

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Like most interior projects around the home, choosing the right paint colour begins with inspiration. By compiling a selection of images you like you can begin to identify the styles and colours that really appeal to you, as you collate your collection recurring colours or patterns will help consolidate your main colour choices to a few options.

TIP: To choose an exterior colour scheme, take a drive around the neighbourhood to narrow down the colours that may work for your home or start your own reno scrapbook here.

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When you have an idea of the colours you might like, consider the space you intend to paint. Take a moment to pause and think about the existing layout of the space, or what the area will be used for as the wall colour will affect the look and feel of the entire space.

Generally a bright colour will help a space appear bigger but darker tones may make the room appear smaller. Your colour choice will influence the feel of the space so it is necessary to consider how the space will be used.

Never choose a colour in isolation but consider the elements within a room, as the colours will have to work with other elements of your interior and exterior space. Wendy also suggests taking your existing furnishings and decor into account if it’s staying, or consider your choices alongside the colours of your walls, flooring and cabinetry, even if it is not directly related, it is important to use colours that complement each other.

For open and contemporary living spaces, Wendy recommends sticking to neutral tones and accentuating colours through key pieces of furniture or accessories. In kitchens and bathrooms, neutral tones also work best, allowing the space to breathe and combining different elements together. A neutral palette creates texture and depth by layering tiles, bench tops, splash backs and appliances.

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Select a colour scheme that can accommodate the different rooms of your house. The use of colour is transformative and as Wendy says; if there is a particular area you want to separate from the main areas of your home, colour can be the best way to do it. The different colours in your room should work well together, but mixing and matching a variety of hues can make the colours easier to work with. Often there will be a particular colour you’re drawn to but it may be too dark or light for the space. In such cases, work with the different shades of the chosen colour to identify the perfect one for your space. It can be easier to get your main colour decided before you tackle the trim colour.

TIP: While you are finding the ideal palette for your home, look for paint colours provided by quality paint manufacturers. Investing in premium quality paint is worthwhile as it will save you time, effort and money in the long run. With higher volumes of solid pigments than ordinary options, premium paints are less watery, more durable and brings out the true tone of a colour, also drying in a thicker layer, providing better coverage and requiring less coats.

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Select a colour theme that can accommodate the different rooms of your house. The use of colour is transformative and as Wendy says, if there is a particular area you want to separate from the main areas of your home, colour can be the best way to do it. The different colours in your room should work well together, but mixing and matching a variety of hues can make the colours easier to work with. When picking a colour theme, stick to a few hues or choose different tones of a similar colour group rather than opting for contrasting colours.

Often there will be a particular colour you’re drawn to but it may be too dark or light for the space. In such cases, work with the different shades of the chosen colour to identify the perfect one for your space. It can be easier to get your main colour decided before you tackle the trim colour. Still unsure? Kick start your painting project with the help of a local

Still unsure? Kick start your painting project with the help of a local painter or interior designer or read more about painting here.

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