Choosing a Paint Colour

29 May 2015
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Paint colour can have the most dramatic effect on your space but with the wide array of colours available it can be daunting to know where to begin.
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Paint colour can have the most dramatic effect on your space but with the wide array of colours available it can be daunting to know where to begin. Changing your paint colour is one of the least expensive ways to update your home. If you are like me and most homeowners, you want to make the right choices and also to ensure that you can create the right flow and coordination of colours from room-to-room as well as from interior to exterior.

Colour can change our perception of the space around us, turning it cool and energetic, spacious or cozy. Here are some steps to assist you in making the right choice of colour palette to suit your personality and energy.
Find your Favourite Colour or Inspiration
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First you need to find the colour(s) that inspire you. Think of a place, a rug, a dress or a shoe that you own or that you are always drawn too. Do you like a specific colour? Are you always drawn to it? Or do you need a touch of Colour Confidence? More often than not, something you own or are always drawn to has the colours that inspire you. Use these combinations and other items like a favourite painting to come up a colour portfolio. Think of the shades of colours that you may like. Do you like bold colours? Or muted pastel ones? Make it an iterative process and keep fine-tuning until you find the colour(s) that works for you.

You should also take into consideration the mood that you want to have in each room. You may want serenity in the bedroom and energy in the home office so be sure to factor that in also when making your final choice.

Now many paint manufacturers have online tools that help you with your selection so be sure to check them out!

Anchor to Key Elements and Furniture in the Room
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Remember to take into consideration elements like floors, carpets, furniture, artwork and other distinctive elements in your home before making a final decision.

 

Other Items to Consider

Consider some of the following for flow and transition and oomph!

  • When you choose a colour for a room, you can change the shades on the different walls. So you can have an accent wall in the same paint shade which can be a couple of shades darker than the choosen colour
  • Add accent walls in contrasting colours
  • Use a darker shade below the chair rails if you have one
  • Add a feature wall
  • Do a faux finish wall

Click Here for tips on Accents Walls

So tell us what is your Colour Style?

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