Interior Decorating 101: Paint

Painting your home can be a daunting task for some. Which is understandable, choosing the paint is a big task.

When it comes to choosing a colour, you’ll be bombarded with 40 different shades of white, blue, grey and yellow all ever so slightly different than the last. There are thousands of shades to choose from and if you’re not 100% sure on the colours – it will bug you every day until you repaint it.

Look for inspiration – inspiration can be found in almost any situation. Like the colour of the wall in the local café? Seen a nice room on Pinterest? Liked that colour your friend painted their bedroom last year? Want to match to the walls to the duvet cover? Go for it! There’s inspiration all over the place. If you like the look of something, snap a photo for future reference. The paint colour of a room can completely change the mood and feel of the room, so keep that in mind when you think about putting a deep grey in the living room or it may end up feeling cold and claustrophobic.

Stick with naturals – I know it’s tempting to have a light pink feature wall kitchen but you really need to be strategic in the placement of your colours. If you want the walls to be the centre of attention then go for it – paint them pink, but if you’re looking to have bold furniture or décor, the bold walls might feel a little claustrophobic. I’m not saying stay away from colour all together, bold colour in the bathroom can complement the generally white fixtures. However, it’s best to stick to natural tones throughout the majority of the house for continuity porpoises.

Testing is key – When you think you’ve found two or three potential colours, ask the paint supplier for a sample or test pot. Pop them on the walls in different areas of the house so you can begin to see how the colours will look in different lights at different stages of the day.  The test pot may set you back a few bucks but it’s well worth it to test the colours in your home environment before buying the paint for the whole house.

Theme your home – I’m not saying every square inch of your home should be the one colour throughout, I’m saying don’t do a green wall in the kitchen and yellow walls in the living room. Some contrast is nice and can be effective and ad depth to a room if done properly.  Keep the different paint tones along the same colour spectrum as to not break too heavily from your intended themes. Oh, and if you’re doing the kids room, rules don’t really apply – so let them have the yellow or green walls. You can always re-paint them.