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Want to know the right paint colour for your project? Ask yourself these questions!

Posted by Wall Treats on May 30, 2019

The right colour palette can make a huge difference to the feel and appearance of your home, but with so many options to choose from it can be a daunting exercise for homeowners.

To help make this process easier, at Wall Treats Auckland Master Painters we offer our clients a complimentary colour consultation with every full interior or full exterior repainting project.

If you are going the DIY route, or just want to narrow down your ideas before meeting the colour consultant, asking yourself these questions can help you find your way through the multitude of options available. 

 

What do you like?

It may seem basic, but this is a great place to start! It can be easy to get swept up in trends and what other people are doing, but you have your own tastes and preferences, and this is your home.

Whether you are cutting pages out of magazines, or curating a Pinterest board or Instagram posts of colour schemes you like, once you have a good collection it is time to step back and look with a critical eye. Are there recurring themes in the images you have collected? These will make a great starting point for your colour scheme.

You also need to consider whether the colour schemes you are drawing inspiration from are from homes with a similar style – what works well for a villa may not necessarily complement a modern townhouse.

Drawing inspiration from a special artwork can be a good place to start as well. If you have a feature piece you love and know you will display prominently it makes sense to choose colours that will work in harmony with those tones.

 

Are there other colours you need to work with?

The way we perceive colour is affected by the colours around it. Once you have narrowed down the colours and schemes that you like, you need to consider the environment the colour will be used in.

If you are developing an external colour scheme, consider the area around your home. Are there dominant colours, such as other residential or commercial buildings, gardens or bodies of water that you need to be aware of?

If you are planning your interior you should consider the flooring, any wood detailing, the view out the window, existing furniture and any colours that have already been used that you will need to work with.

It is easier to match paint to furnishings and wallpaper than vice versa, so if you are updating your curtains, carpet or furniture, or planning to use wallpaper, you need to choose those before you finalise your paint colours.  

 

How can this palette adapt to different spaces? 

Now that your palette is more refined by your tastes and any influences from the surrounds it is time to see how that palette will be used in different spaces around you home. This will be influenced by a number of different factors.

 

  • How will the room be used?

Different colours evoke different emotions. A room that is going to be used for relaxing, such as an adult’s bedroom or a living room, will suit a soothing palette, whereas pops of bright colour can energise a playroom or child’s bedroom.

 

  • What size is the room?

Colour that looks light and airy painted on the walls in a large room may look different in a small room, where the colour can appear more intense. This is where you may consider using half or quarter strength tints, which is a great way of adapting colour schemes to different spaces.

 

  • Is the room naturally dark or light?

Light levels can also change our perception of colour, so the same paint may look different in different rooms. This also means you can use colour to manipulate the light in a room, so if you have a darker room on one side of the house you can choose a lighter shade of paint to make it appear brighter.

Remember that the light in a room varies at different times of the day. Using a test pot, paint a large piece of card and move it around the room throughout day to make sure you still like it.

 

Trialing your chosen colours

Once you have shortlisted your colours it is time to have a play with test pots.

Paint your chosen colours onto large pieces of card, leaving a white border (remember what we said about colours being influenced by those around them), then you can move the test colours around various rooms and experience them at different times of day under different light levels.

 

To take advantage of Wall Treats FREE colour consultant offer, and benefit from our excellent workmanship and superior customer service, get in touch for a quote.

 

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