Choosing wall paint colours can be a bit overwhelming with the vast choice of colours available. I am a stickler for details but am no interior design expert. So after researching about paint colours I now have a better understanding on what to choose. Paint colours come with various undertones. The undertone is the main colour used in mixing the paint and is typically warm (yellow/orange/brown) or cool (blue/purple). The lighting in the room to be painted also influences the desired impact you’re aiming for. This lighting can refer to the colour of the light bulbs as well as the direction the room faces according to the sun. Decide what feeling you’re trying to generate by adding colour to a room. Do you want it to be warm and cosy; bold and passionate; fun and quirky; calm and cool; light and bright or dark and moody? Try choosing colours that will emulate these moods.
Often the paint colour in the tin can look very different to when it is painted on the wall. Before spending money on litres of paint, it’s a good idea to buy a few testers of your chosen paint colours. Paint an area of about 20cm x 20cm on a white sheet of paper or on the wall. Leave the painted wall or the sheet taped to the wall for a few days and monitor how it looks at different times of the day. This helps you to decide if you like the colour of the paint or not.
The back of our house faces north and the front side faces south. I was concerned that the rooms at the back of the house would look and feel very cold because it doesn’t get a lot of sunlight. Taking the lighting into consideration with choosing paint colours made a big difference. I chose paint colours with warmer undertones to achieve a warm and cosier feel. This approach can also be applied to choosing tiles for bathrooms, kitchens and floors.
So the next time you’re struggling to choose paint colours consider the lighting aspect which could then make the process of elimination easier 🙂
I’d love to hear how you went about choosing paint colours so please feel free to leave me a comment.