The importance of getting your paint colour selection right.

by | Aug 17, 2016 | Design | 1 comment

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET YOUR PAINT COLOUR RIGHT…

If you are planning on building or remodelling your home, selecting a paint colour for your rooms is definitely a big decision. In some cases, a paint colour can either make or break a living space, so it is really important to make an informed decision and be confident that you have made the best choice for your home.

Repainting the interior of your entire home or even just a living room can really update and transform the look and feel of your space- so, to help you get the most out of your investment I have listed points for consideration throughout the colour selection process:

THE RIGHT CHOICE, THE RIGHT IMPRESSION

The right choice of paint colour throughout your home can create a flow, allowing the transition from each room and living space to feel seamless. A lack of colour, texture or pattern can make a home feel a little lifeless, whereas selecting the right wall finishes and colours can breathe life into your space.

It may be hard to believe, but colour can also have an effect on your mood. As an interior designer, I paint rooms according to their use, how people should feel when they are within that particular space of the home. For example, a child’s playroom can be very colourful, as opposed to a bedroom that should have soft tones and a calming effect.

Caulfield Project - Bathroom Interior Design
Marathon Road Kitchen Arch

THERE IS MORE TO COLOUR, THAN JUST COLOUR

Colour can look different in varying shades of light; there is natural light, LED lighting and halogen lighting to consider. It is important to select a colour that looks good at all times of the day and night, under the lighting that you are using in your room. 

Some colours can throw either a warm or cold base, so it is important to make sure you make a selection that provides the correct tone. You may have chosen a specific hue to work with, but it can be challenging to ensure the colour saturation and intensity of the paint are balanced correctly. Working with an interior designer can make this process far less risky and more enjoyable.

PAINTING IS AN INVESTMENT

Painting a room is an expense, not only in the paint itself but the labour involved too. If you happen to make a mistake with your colour selection and aren’t 100% happy, it can be a costly exercise to correct it.

A FINISH CAN BE EVERYTHING

There’s a variety of different paint finishes available to choose from; from the modern matte finish, satin, eggshell, semi-gloss, the list is quite long. Selecting the right paint finish for your room should be considered as thoughtfully as the colour selection itself. 

 

THERE MIGHT BE MORE TO CONSIDER THAN YOU REALISE

The colour of the paint must complement your choice of finishes – flooring, joinery, and soft furnishings are all considered to ensure a cohesive design outcome within the space. The paint colour must complement the style of architecture. If there are structural elements such as pillars or columns within the space that you would prefer to disguise, I would typically recommend that we use a dark colour such as charcoal.

When painting the ceiling for example, consider if you want to make the space cosy, if so a darker tone or warmer colour would provide that impact. To give the room a greater sense of space you can paint the ceiling a light colour, such as white, making it appear higher.

Trompe-L;oeil

A creative and beautiful way to paint a wall is to have a mural commissioned. I love the historic French technique called Trompe-L’oeil, which is realistic imagery used to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in 3D.

 

Whether you are undertaking some minor home renovations, building or completely remodelling your home, I hope I have helped you on your journey towards finding your perfect paint colours. If you haven’t already, you can download my Paint Guide to help you further. 

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1 Comment

  1. Ava | HIREtrades

    Your choice of wall colour creates personality and greatly impacts the overall theme of a room. That’s why getting an expert is a wise decision if you are unsure how to achieve you desired colour/ theme of the room.

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