How to pick interior paint colours

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If you’re planning to repaint a room in your home, the first thing to consider is which sorts of colours you naturally gravitate towards and fit in with your personal tastes. Remember that you will be spending many more hours of your life within the room’s four walls, so it is important to create an atmosphere that feels warm, safe and comfortable. Don’t worry if your chosen colour is a little unorthodox – there are plenty of ways to incorporate almost any tone in a classy and subtle way.

If you’re stuck for ideas and are wondering where to start on your wall-painting journey, we’ve assembled a handy guide below to help you out.

1. Use colour psychology to find the perfect shade

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Most psychologists believe that different colours can affect our moods and emotions in profoundly diverse ways. Therefore, it is important to find a colour that matches the mood you want to capture in your room. If you’re painting an office, for example, you should try to find a colour that sparks your imaginative capacities such as purple. A bedroom, on the other hand, may suit a colour that encourages serenity such as blue or green. As a general guide, here is a list of some popular colours and the feelings they provoke:

• Yellow: Happiness and optimism
• Blue: Strength and serenity
• Purple: Wisdom and imagination
• Green: Joy, harmony and stability
• Red: Excitement and courage
• Brown: Contentment and security
• Pink: Romance and innocence
• Silver: Motivation and prosperity
• Orange: Warmth and enthusiasm
• Black: Power and elegance
• White: Cleanliness and modernity

2. Use social media and decorating blogs

The internet is absolutely brimming with interior design inspiration that will help you find your perfect paint colour. Pinterest, for example, is an excellent resource for brainstorming and collating your ideas in one easily accessible platform. Simply scroll through and save any images that catch your eye. At the same time, you may wish to browse professional interior design blogs to ascertain how well your style of furniture and upholstery will complement your chosen colour. Armed with this kind of information and research, you can’t go wrong!

3. Breathe life into neutral colours

If you’re a fan of colour, you may reject the idea of neutral tones from the outset. Try not to be so hasty, however. There are plenty of ways to use neutral paints in an interesting and visually arresting way. You could, for example, paint your walls a neutral beige or off-white while revving up your ceiling with a pretty pastel shade. Alternatively, you could paint neutral stripes on the walls for a slick, contemporary feel.

4. Learn the basics of colour theory

Colour theory is a kind of science used by artsy types to determine what colours complement each other. It is based on a tool known as the colour wheel, which was invented by no other than Isaac Newton and clearly maps out the colour spectrum to show how different shades relate to each other. In this way, it represents a simple way to come up with the perfect colour scheme for your room. To find out more about the colour wheel, check out this helpful article from Canva.

5. Turn to the great outdoors for inspiration

The natural world is full of amazing colours and can be truly inspiring if you’re struggling to access your creative side. Next time you’re taking a walk in the woods or on the beach, take some time to stop and look at the foliage, flowers, or glittering ocean. Consider what catches your eye and how you might be able to translate this into some interior design ideas.

“The natural world is full of amazing colours and can be truly inspiring if you’re struggling to access your creative side.”

6. Experiment with light and dark shades

If you find that a certain colour doesn’t quite work in your room, don’t give up on it altogether – simply try out a lighter or darker shade. Most paint brands sell colours in several different gradients, meaning you can easily find slightly lighter or darker tones to your original choice. The results may surprise you – tones on the lighter end of the spectrum can make a room feel airier and more spacious, while tones on the darker end often create an atmosphere of elegance or cosiness.

7. Try out some sample colours

This is probably the most important step we’ve listed and should never be skipped! Sample colours are essentially small pots of paint sold at minimal cost that help customers to discern whether individual tones will work in their home. Remember that painting a room requires commitment in terms of money spent and hours taken to complete the project, meaning it is important that you get the colour right from the outset.

Once you have purchased a few sample colours, apply them side by side on your wall to see which ones look the best in your room. If you’re not sure, ask friends and family members for their opinions – a little honest advice may be just what you need to make a decision.

8. Look for inspiration in your favourite artworks

Artists have long been praised for their abilities to perfectly blend different tones and come up with stunning colour schemes. As such, you may hit upon inspiration when looking at your favourite pieces of art. Take time to consider how the colours are used together. What is the base colour? How are muted colours used alongside brighter tones? How do they use deep shades in a subtle and classy way? Answering these kinds of questions will help you to select colours with confidence.

9. Use undertones for a subtle and classy effect

Undertones refer to the subtly different colours that make up a given paint colour. Although you may not be able to see it at first glance, a simple cream paint may contain strong green or blue undertones. If you have a room with a blue colour scheme, for example, finding a neutral wall paint with blue undertones is a sure-fire way to guarantee the space looks great and fits together cohesively. It is vital that you sample a few colours, of course, as this is the only way to accurately ascertain whether a certain undertone will work in your home.

10. Search for an accent colour

If you’re keen to add a pop of colour to your walls but are wary of taking the plunge, why not paint an accent wall? An accent wall refers to a single wall painted in a bright colour, while the other three walls are painted in a neutral tone such as beige. This approach to painting is the perfect way to add a dash of personality to your room without overloading the senses.

11. Consider how well your chosen colour works with other rooms in the home

When choosing your colours, try to think about how well they will fit with other rooms in the home. Walking from a room with soft neutrals into a room with deep tones can be a little jarring and make the atmosphere of your home feel a little less than serene. We recommend using a mix of colours that would work well together on a colour wheel.

12. Enlist professional help

If you’re really struggling to find a colour scheme that works for you, a professional colour consultant will help you to come up with the perfect solution. Colour consultants provide clients with bespoke colour palettes based on the client’s personality and the particulars of their home. Once you have been presented with a few choices, you can pick the palette which best suits your tastes.

If you decide to take this route, remember to source a few sample images of interiors that catch your eye before meeting up with your colour consultant. From this, they will be able to ascertain the sort of look you want to achieve.

13. Make the most of paint colour apps

Colour apps represent a smart and speedy way to choose paints that work for you. Although they have been around for a number of years, such apps have improved significantly in recent years, with many interior design experts endorsing them as an effective colour matching solution.

Most colour apps work by reading colours through the camera of your phone and matching it to individual paint colours. The technology is not always perfect, and the accuracy of the results will depend on factors such as light exposure. However, most apps present users with a range of different options to boost the chances of finding the perfect colour. For example, if you spot a billboard featuring a gorgeous blue hue or a flower with a pastel pink you’d love to use in your home, simply fire up the app and let it do its work. It couldn’t be easier!

Get in touch with Brilliance Painting Services today!

Are you on the hunt for a Cairns painter to help transform your home? Look no further than Brilliance Painting Services. We’re here to help you achieve the perfect finish in a timely fashion. Get in touch today!

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