Painting the interior walls of rooms with fresh colour is one way to transform the atmosphere and appearance of your home. Though, when it comes to picking paint colours, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are a few pointers to help you get started.
Collect Photos of Your Favourite Decors
Rather than following the latest colour trend, you can make your choices more personal by establishing which room colour schemes you prefer. If you're not sure, search online or in magazines for inspiration and save photos of your favourite interiors. This process will help you select a wall colour.
Once you've collected several images, patterns should become evident. Are all of the paintings, for example, painted in warm golds and yellows? Do they lean towards gentle blues and greens? Alternatively, you may discover that you love grey or beige-coloured painted and furnished homes. You should have some ideas for wall paint colours once you've figured out what your choice of photos is telling you.
Limit the Room Colour Palette
The walls are part of the room's overall colour scheme. When choosing colours for the entire space, stick to a palette of three to six variants. Rather than six completely new colours, these variants might also include light and dark tones of the same hue, patterns, and textures. If a room has fewer than three colours or variations, it can appear dull and uninteresting. If it has more than six, it may look jumbled and out of control. Once you have your selected group of colours, shades, patterns, and textures, you can choose one for the wall paint.
Create Colour Relationships
When you spread a colour over the walls, it will need to relate to other colours in the room somehow if you want the space to look cohesive. For example, you might paint the walls grey in a room decorated in monochromatic tones of grey. Or you might paint the walls in a golden yellow in a room full of similarly warm tones. Alternatively, the unity in a room may arise because everything, including the walls, uses muted and subdued shades. Another way colours can relate in a room is in terms of lightness and darkness. For example, a space might be decorated in similarly pale colours using light blues, greens, and beiges to give it unity.
Use Consistent Undertones
Finally, if you're using a neutral such as grey or beige in different spots in a room, make sure you stick to consistent undertones, including the wall paint. Beige, for example, might have reddish, yellowish or greenish undertones. Gray can have a blue, violet or green undertone. So keep this in mind when selecting a neutral wall paint colour. Your interior painter can help to work out the undertones of different paints.