How do you choose a paint colour for a room? Good question! This is not an easy task and a lot of it comes down to personal preference. We have compiled a list to help you make your decision a little easier.
- Think about the mood of the room
Are you going for dramatic or intimate? Soft, cool colours and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colours give a more dramatic effect.
Stimulating or quite? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colours add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.
Energy or rest? Be careful not to overstimulate your eye with intensely bright bedrooms. You may not know it, but some brighter colours can lead to unrest and irritability.
- Lighting is key
Make sure you suss out where the natural light comes from, a strong colour might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.
- Use a colour wheel
A small color wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colours. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colors, are most intense when used together. You may be surprised at how many combinations function beautifully together, and you may even become attracted to entirely new color palettes.
- Start small and test
Don’t be afraid to try a small patch on the wall to see how you like it, sometimes a visual will make or break your decision.