Choosing the perfect colours for your home sounds like an easy thing to do, until you are staring at all the available hues at a store. No homeowner wants to spend hundreds of dollars on paint colours only to be disappointed later. Above many things, the colours you choose for your home must be aesthetically pleasing to you.
The interior or exterior design colours must also complement the colours of furniture and other aspects of the house. Colours generally set the tone for a room, such as whether it’s a cosy area or a busy area. Importantly, you must choose bright colours to illuminate dull and dark areas.
It sounds like a lot of work to choose a can of paint. Here are some pointers that will help you in that process:
If you are not an experienced interior decorator, you may not have any idea where to start with regards to picking a colour for the room. However, you can certainly find inspiration and get ideas from what everyone else has already done. Look at home decorating magazines, blogs, or even promotional leaflets to see how shades are chosen. There is a sea of information out there that your imagination can certainly benefit from.
Pick Your Shades Using a Colour Wheel
Interior decorating colours are not simply defined as red, blue, green, and so on, like in the crayon box at school. Homeowners should be aware of the various shades of colours. For example, take white, one of the most traditional and widely used colours in homes. Did you know that this “white” comes in various shades like cream, ivory, alabaster, and many more?
You may have a particular colour in mind, but you need to zero in on the right shade as well. To do this, use a colour wheel, easily purchased from home improvement stores. You can also refer to your local painter Brisbane for advice on choosing shades of a colour.
Choose the Right Colour “Temperature” for the Room
Colours can set the mood for a room, or a certain “temperature.” You would associate warmness or coolness accordingly with, say, a sterile white room at an office building and a beige-hued bedroom. One is clearly cold in every aesthetic sense, and the other is warm.
Striking colours like original white, red, or any dark colour create “cool” moods in rooms. On the other hand, soft tones like pale yellow and cream create warm tones. There are areas in the home you would want to be cool, like the living room. Areas like the bedroom or a study are best with warm tones. So when you choose shades for particular rooms in the house, think about the colour temperature as well.
Think about Everything Else in the Room
Colours don’t exist in isolation in rooms. The wall colour will starkly contrast against colours of the furniture, wall art, ornaments, and similar things. If you have dark, blackish furniture in the room, shading the wall in a similarly dark colour would be very hard on the eyes.
Interior decorators typically contrast harsh and soft tones. If the wall colour is dark, the furniture may have a soft shade, or a colour that contrasts well with the shades of the walls. When choosing shades for rooms that are already furnished, pay careful attention to colour contrast.
Remember, the colours you choose now will stay in the house for decades. Therefore, use the above tips to the fullest to pick the perfect colours and shades for your home.