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Choosing Paint Colours For Your Home

Make A House A Home_Choosing Paint Colours

With so many shades and finishes, it can be difficult when choosing paint colours for your home. There’s a lot to think about and know about a colour’s qualities. You need to take into account the size of your room, the furnishings, and the light in the room before you choose colours. Here are a few quick tips to make choosing paint colours for your home easier.

A Room’s Position

A pain colour’s appearance on the wall is influenced by its room’s position. If your room is north, south, east or west facing matters and will affect how the paint colour looks and feels overall. A north facing room is generally dark so the lighting will have a hard and colder vibe in general. With this in mind you should opt for a neutral colour scheme. White or beige tones, as well as those with yellow tones. These paint colours will bring a warmth to the room. Instead of making it harsher, which is what cooler shades would do. North-facing rooms should not have cool shades. But, if you’re a fan of the dark and want to work with that, deep colours like dark greens and greys can also work really well. You can add a few mirrors for light reflection.

A south facing room has the opposite qualities to a north facing one and will receive the warmth from the light for most of the day. This can affect how a colour on your chart will look. South rooms complement colours really well. But can also cause them to appear a bit more yellow on the walls than on the colour chart. Cooler colours work in this space because of the warmth that natural light provides throughout the day.

A room facing east will be in the sun for part of the day but in the shade for the rest, so colour schemes with neutral tones are ideal. Cooler colours like grey and green also work nicely in this room as the sun will calm the shade down naturally. Whereas a strong colour will be highlighted nicely in this spot.

West facing rooms as you would expect work the opposite to an east facing room. So, the room will be in the shade for the first half of the day. Then the sun will shine on it for the rest. Be sure to choose colours that will be highlighted by the sun.

Your Choice Of Decor

If you have wallpaper, prints and posters on your walls then you need to consider them when choosing your paint colour. You might want to choose a certain colour in your artwork and then match it to a paint. If you decide against doing that, then make sure you try to avoid any colours that clash. If, for example, you have red wallpaper, then it probably wouldn’t be advisable to buy green paint!

You should also consider your furniture. If, for example, you have a dark-coloured sofa and mahogany furniture, then you might want to ensure that you have neutral-coloured paint on the walls, to bring some light into the room

A Room’s Size

If the room you are painting is small than opting for a cooler shade will work to make it feel bigger. If it’s a small and dark room than your more neutral shades will work best so white, beige, pale pastel colours. You should also paint all the walls in a small room the same colour. With any room follow the guidelines in terms of position when choosing paint colours. Neutral shades work well with other neutral shades when dressing a room with furniture, cushions etc.

A Shade For Every Room

Generally speaking, there are shades that complement specific spaces in your home particularly well. For example, white in a bathroom is my absolute favourite. It’s an area you want to keep looking clean and fresh and white tiles and walls do this nicely. You can add a few hanging plants to bring the room to life.

Sea colour themes also work nicely in the bathroom as well as bold, bright colours. In terms of your bedroom, you should keep things as calm as possible. Pastel shades such as dusty pink, sage green, pastel purples and neutral beige all work well. These types of colours will also help the room feel bigger. Bold charcoal grey colours are also on trend and will keep things feeling nice and cosy.

In the living room, strong feature wall colours like black, mint green, dark blue tones work great. A bold feature wall can also work wonders in your kitchen. For the lounge, coral, grey, various shades of blue are all great choices. Vibrant and intense shades can give a dramatic feel with light, neutral furnishings.

It can take time to master choosing paint colours, but with a little bit of knowledge into what qualities certain colours possess, you’re be sure to make the right choice. For further advice on home decor, including choosing wallpaper for your interiors, click here.

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