Dream, paint, create

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.

Choosing paint coloursOften 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.


  1. Adrian
    7th April 2016 / 9:57 AM

    We recently purchased a home that had canary yellow walls. Very bright and cheery, but hurt my eyes every time I stepped indoors. Choosing paint colours rivals planning a Mars landing mission. This house is literally seven times larger in space, area and lighting than our previous home, so choosing appropriate colours required a different approach than what we used before. Our problem was choice. Just too many. Paint stores now field a bewildering array of colours and shades. So after discussion to establish our house brief, ie. what kind of house did we want. Avant Garde, Contempary, Classic etc. As we did not want to be changing wall colours every few years, we needed a shade that would stand the test of fashion. So we began with all the primary colours, and there are only six (I’ve included black and white, although they not strictly primary colours) and eliminated the ones we felt did not fit the brief. Same for secondary’s. That left us two secondaries. We then looked at the shades within each of the two secondaries, greatly reducing our field of choice. The added bonus is that you can mix and match shades within a primary or secondary and that adds variation to the home without bringing about a sense of clash. For feature walls, selecting polarized shades within a primary or secondary is very effective and complimentary. We have also played with painting techniques, like shadows, lines and patterns. Painting does not have to be a solid block of colour.

    • 7th April 2016 / 11:57 AM

      Thanks for your comment! Lol, I also lived in a flat that had yellow walls and it was too much for me too. Although I do love yellow as an accent colour 😃I agree about the primary and secondary colours but didn’t want to get too technical which is why didn’t mention it in this post so thanks for mentioning it 😉

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