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5 Tips For Choosing Colours To Suit Your Desired Look

26/06/2020 By Mike Cotterill
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When deciding to paint your home, an important factor outside of your time and budget, is of course, thinking through what the bigger picture is in relation to painting and colour choice.

Before you start racing off to Pinterest for inspirational ideas or collecting sample tins, it can be useful to think about these five tips before you let your surfaces to be painted in your residence make a statement.

1. Who will be living in your space after you paint it?

Any residential painting project will take this into consideration. If your property is going to be sold or rented out, you may want to consider more neutral and classic tones such as whites, creams and greys.

While this can feel a little more conservative, it can make it easier for potential buyers or renters to make a decision as it is much easier for them to bring their own style in with furnishings.
If it is your own residence, you may want to consider painting individual rooms or the entire house and consider how long it will be between repaints. For example, a nursery will at some stage be outgrown, or a teen after dramatic black walls will eventually move out.

2. Does it need to match existing furnishings, or is it part of an entirely new look and feel?

If you are completely redecorating your home, your paint and colour choice will be a key consideration in achieving a certain style in your home. Think about the location of your home, architecture and how everything will tie together. A Hamptons inspired coastal palette may not work in a warehouse conversion. There can be a knack in merging styles, and a professional residential painter can help you with this. Collecting ideas from either magazines or websites can help you to have this conversation.

3. What does the room need to achieve when it comes to mood

Each room has a function and purpose, and you may want to consider the role of colour in your choices. Do you want the room to feel rich and luxurious, and choose darker colours or trims, or are you wanting the room to feel light and open with more classic choices?
Pops of colour can help add some personality to the room; so test out some sample pots and then move on our next tip.

4. How does light affect the colours?

Paint can look very different thanks to the amount of sunlight a room gets, or artificial light in a room also. This can often be a missed step in painting a room. It’s a great idea to paint your samples on, and take some photos at different times during the day, including night time.

If you are painting your house for resale, this is a great tip as remember that your house will be professionally photographed and lighting will make a difference.

Likewise, if you are looking at installing new light fixtures into your rooms, remember that this will also impact how your ceilings, walls (and floor, if you are painting that, too) look when the lights are on in your home.

5. Does the paint choice need to be cohesive with other rooms?

Ever watched a renovation show and cringed and what contestants have done between rooms thanks to paint colours abruptly ending? An experienced residential painter will help you avoid this when you are painting your home.

Standing in each room, look at what other walls are visible from each entry and exit point, and if a door is present. A pop of colour might work on one wall, but not when it is visible from another.

For more help on choosing the right colour for your residential painting project, simply contact the professional team at Elite Painting.