The importance of getting your paint colour selection right.

the importance of choosing the right paint colour

The importance of getting your paint colour selection right.

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 in 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, selecting the right wall finishes and colours can breathe life into your space.

It may be hard to believe, but a colour can also have an affect on your mood. As an Interior Designer, I paint rooms according to their use. For example, a child’s playroom can be very colourful, as apposed to a bedroom that will have soft tones and have a calming affect.

THERE IS MORE TO COLOUR, THAN JUST COLOUR

A colour can look different in varying shades of light- there is natural light, fluorescent light, and incandescent lighting to consider. It is important to select a colour that looks great at all times of the day and night and 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 gives you the tone you are after.

You may have chosen a hue to work with, but when it comes to the colour saturation and intensity of the paint, it can be tricky to get the balance just right. Working with a professional can make this process far less risky and more enjoyable- you can have confidence in their experience and selections.

Centennial Park Residence

The Centennial Park Residence Project–  A large space that the ceilings and walls needed a certain depth of colour to make the space feel cosy and harmonious.

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

When it comes to paint finishes, there is more to it than just flat, satin and gloss. You have a wide variety of designer finishes available to you, making the most of your room can come down to these selections and the affect that it has on the depth and impact of a room.

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 all need to come into consideration to make a success of the space. The paint colour must complement the style of architecture and design too.

When painting the ceiling you will also need to consider if you want to make the space cosy, therefore a darker tone, or warmer colour is advisable. If you want to make the ceiling appear higher and give the room a greater sense of space you can paint the ceiling a light colour, such as white.

Sometimes, there may be structural pillars or columns in the room, which you may wish to not make a feature out of. In this case, I usually recommend to clients that we use a dark colour such as a charcoal.

Another point to mention is that the exterior colour of a house should relate not only to the architecture, but to the interior of the house too…and visa versa.

The importance of paint colour selection

The Harbourside Living Apartment Project- If you want to make a pillar or wall disappear so they are no longer very obvious, using a dark colour works best.

 Another 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 to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in 3D.

Trompe-l'œil

The Boronia Project– Trompe-L’oeil is seen here in the bathroom- it is a very effective way of creating a feature wall, whether inside or out. 

Whether you are undertaking some minor home renovations, building or completely remodelling your home, I hope that I have helped steer you in the right direction when it comes to paint colour selection. If you have any questions, please feel free to write a comment below, I would love to hear from you.


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