Important Lessons in Choosing Paint Colours for Your Home Interior
Are you staring at the dull grey wall in your living room, and all over your new home wondering whether the lilac colour you so badly wanted would actually work for this room or for the rest of your house?
It is not easy even for professionals to choose the right hues for painting a house. It’s just that there are so many factors that come into play, not the least of which is the vast variety of paint colours to choose from. So it gets rather overwhelming to pick from the selection and determine good colour combinations that will actually work for your home.
Secondly, it is not just your “wants” you need to consider. You have to factor in the other elements of your home interior design. This is the very reason why a lot of interior designers advise those who are thinking of switching up the look of their home to pick the paint to use last.
They say it helps tremendously to have an established reference – such as the fabrics you have chosen for your home, and the materials of your furniture – before heading off to the paint store to choose colours to paint your home with.
To make paint selection easier, here are a few vital lessons to learn:
1. Always pay attention to the focal point in every room
Knowing what your focal pieces are will allow you to choose the colours that can set them off the best.
For example, you have a large gorgeous Persian rug that is predominantly navy and gold, and couches in scarlet. It will be nice to draw all focus and attention on these pieces by choosing neutral paint colours.
And when it comes to neutral hues that serve as a great background for the rich and vibrant colours of those pieces, you may find that white paint for the walls and espresso paint for mouldings and other details work beautifully. White and espresso are neutral and will not make the room look too visually busy.
2. Get different shade swatches of the colours you like
You have to understand that red is not just red when it comes to paint – ditto with other colours and even neutral hues. They have different undertones, and you need to take shades and undertones into consideration to make the paint you choose visually pleasing as a background for the items inside your home.
3. Consider the lighting in the rooms
How much brightness you want inside your home is also affected by the paint you decide to use. At the same time, the look of paint is also affected by the amount of light a room has.
Thus, professional painters advise painting some samples on the walls and/or floors so you can view paint colours properly in the light, and see which truly looks good any time of the day.
4. White is always in style
When you are looking for the “neutral-est” neutral colour for your home, you simply cannot go wrong with white.
It works pretty much on any kind of surface and it serves as a reliable background to set off any other colours you may want to incorporate into your interior design. From relaxed to swanky to artsy — white works.
But, perhaps, the best quality of the colour white is it makes painting over a breeze.
Should you get tired of this peaceful hue, you won’t have a difficult time painting over it with a new and different colour. Likewise, it serves as a perfect base for decorative paint, which achieves different textures, finishes, and even functionality.
Painting provides the best bang for your money when it comes to making over the look of your home. A change in colour alone can give your home an entirely different feel in a single coat. Plus, it’s the most affordable thing you can do, apart from also being the easiest.
Just avoid ordering too much paint to stay within budget (especially if you had just taken out a personal loan for your home makeover and you want to get the most out of it). You can easily do this by making sure to measure the rooms to be painted and using an online calculator to get a reliable basis for your paint purchases.
So, time to start colouring!
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.