Colour is probably one of the first things you’ll think about when planning a DIY or interior design project at home. When faced with aisles of shades and paint samples, it can be tricky to make a decision. Here are some handy hints to help you choose the best colourways for your home.
Make use of samples
Paints can often look different in a pot or colour chart. Try a few different samples out on a wall before you start painting. You’ll be able to see the exact shade once it’s dried in the natural light. You can also compare similar hues by painting a patch of each sample. Try and choose an area of the wall close to a window or door to make choosing the best colours easier.
Plan each room
Your rooms have varied purposes, and you may want to create a different atmosphere in each space. Colour is one of the best ways to set the tone of the room and add ambience. Go for calming, muted shades in bedrooms and brighter colours in bathrooms and kitchens. Try to avoid dark colours in smaller rooms. If you’re nervous about going for brighter colours, go for a statement wall combined with plain white or cream walls. If you want a subtle touch of colour, light grey and duck egg blue are excellent choices.
You can also use colour to reflect your mood. Some shades will make you feel calm or relaxed, while others may encourage energy or creativity. Yellow and orange can make you feel more optimistic. Blue is a serene shade while green can be relaxing.
Most of us like to add a bit of colour to our designs, and accessories are a great way of tying in a theme or adding interest to a plain space. If you don’t want vibrant walls, you can easily brighten up a dull or drab room with colourful accents. Think candle holders, cushions and throws in the living room. Or pots and pans, appliances and vases in the kitchen. Match curtains and bedding in the bedrooms and finish the look with cushions, blankets, and lamps.
Embrace the seasons
If you’re a bit of a chameleon, and you like to change the look of your living spaces on a regular basis, why not embrace seasonal trends? Go for cozy, comforting colours such as burgundy, navy and purple in the winter. Add citrus shades in the spring. Opt for rich golds, burnt oranges and reds in the autumn. Brighten things up in the summer with pinks, yellow and vivid blues. You can keep the essence of your designs the same throughout the year. Just switch up your accents and invest in a few key pieces to reflect a new theme.
It can be tricky to choose a colour scheme for your new home. Try out some different shades and go for colours, which suit the style of your home. Use colours to create tranquility, calm or energy and choose complementary shades. Try to avoid clashing hues, unless you’re eager to make a style statement.
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