8 Tips for Choosing a Paint Colour
Choosing a colour for your home can be a daunting task. With the little patience you can create a new refreshing look with out spending a fortune.
1. Don’t pick your paint colour first. Match your colour to your furniture flooring etc. It is easier to match the paint to your décor.
2. Your colour can come from anywhere. Look around and take colour from everyday items, a coffee mug, clothing or nail polish. You will be amazed on where it will come from.
3. Don’t compete with your colours. Don’t avoid colour all together. Colour is good, but you have to first decide where you want the attention in a room to go. If your answer is the walls, then go bold. And if you go bold on the walls everything else in the room should be pretty neutral so that you don’t end up with too many things competing. This is why bold colour in a bathroom can work so well because most everything else in a bathroom is already neutral (white).
4. Take your time and test the colours first. Buy testers in a few colours/ shades and paint a large enough area on a few different walls so that you can see how the light hits it at different times of the day. Try your best not to test your paint against white walls cause it will throw the colour off. If you have to, just do a larger test area to get a better feel.
5. Test against furniture. Paint a board and hold it next to the furniture to get a good feel for the look.
6. The right sheen. Any sheen in a paint will accent flaws, so if you are trying to mask flaws go with as little sheen as possible
- Flat (Matte): No shine at all. Perfect for low traffic areas like living rooms and bedrooms, as well as ceilings.
- Flat Enamel: Has almost no shine but is a bit easier to clean than flat paint. This is also perfect for low traffic areas but may be a better choice if you have kids or pets.
- Eggshell Enamel: Has a tiny bit of shine and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms. In my experience most scuffs can be wiped off of this surface with a damp cloth.
- Satin Enamel: Has a bit more shine and works well in high traffic areas or areas that have moisture. It is also super wipeable which is why it is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.
- Semi-Gloss Enamel: Shiny but not glass-like. This is what you should use on cabinets and trim, or in really high moisture areas.
- Hi-Gloss Enamel: Shiny! This gives an almost glass-like finish and is perfect for high use surfaces (like a railing) or furniture.
7. Understand Undertones: Use the darkest colour on the strip to discover the true colour. This will save you from ending up with paint that is too pink, too blue, too yellow, etc.
8. Have a colour theme: You don’t have to paint your entire house the same colour, but especially in rooms that open into one another consider what each room will look like when standing in another. If you are going to play it safe and go with one colour, a suggestion is that you at least go a few shades lighter or darker in one room or even on one focal wall. It is a great way to add depth and interest to a space.
With a little planning experimentation and forethought changing up your colours can be a great way to brighten up your home and give it a refreshing look.
Karl Hannan, Broker
Royal LePage Locations North