A big focus of mine over the last few years has been painting our interior. We started with the trim and doors, and how I am focusing on freshening up the 1990s beige walls. I have been blown away at the difference a coat of paint can make. While I have been brave and painted my bathroom blue and the laundry green. The rest of the walls I have kept fairly neutural. As I gear myself up to finish painting the last two rooms of my house, I wanted to share 10 quick tips for choosing paint colour that I have learnt along the way.
#1. Please don’t buy paint straight from the colour swatch
Buying a 4L paint tin using only the colour swatch under the store’s fluorescent lights very rarely works out.
#2. Pick your fabrics first and then the paint colour
A classic design rule … when painting a room, match the paint to your upholstery, inspiration piece or other fabrics in the room. It’s much hard the other way.
#3. Collect colour swatches to narrow down your options
#4. Paint drys darker than it appears on the paint swatch
Wet paint will also appear lighter than when it’s dry. Gloss paint appears lighter than a flat matt paint. Ceilings also appear darker than walls, which is why ceiling paint is often lighter than the wall colour.
#5. Test colour with sample pots first
Sample pots are an inexpensive way to try out the colour … I have a whole box of sample pots at home! They are also great for small painting jobs and other DIY projects.
#6. When trying out samples … always apply 2 coats
Most paints recommend applying 2 coats. So when painting a sample on the wall also apply 2 coats to get a real sense of what the finished colour will look like.
#7. Consider the light in the room
It’s important to consider the lighting in the room when painting the walls. View your paint sample at different times of the day. I also like to paint a sample on different walls in a room. Live with the colour for a few days to see if I really like it.
#8.What looks amazing in one house may not suit another
What looks amazing on the walls of your family and friends may not suit your home … and vice versa. Different furnishings, floor covering and colours, and lighting will affect paint colour.
#9. Choose the right type of paint for your job
There are many speciality paints on the market. Whether you’re painting the exterior of your house, the bathroom tiles, laundry walls or the concrete driveway … there will be a paint to suit your needs. Choose the right paint to match the job for lasting results.
#10. Choosing the right sheen
Most companies will offer at least flat, satin and gloss options. As a general rule of thumb … the higher the sheen, the greater the durability. Flat paints are often used on walls as they hide imperfections better. Satin is often used on bathroom or kitchen wall paints, and gloss is a good option for trim.
I have saved some of my favourite colour combinations and inspiration on Pinterest.
What are your favourite tips for choosing paint or paint colour?
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