Choosing Colours For Your Home

Choosing Colours For Your Home

Paint can bring a breath of fresh air to any room, or even a whole house. Choosing your particular paint colour can be a bit of a task, however, especially if you are a perfectionist and want to get it just right. There are a few things that you can take into consideration when choosing your colours to make the journey an easier one.

Why Are You Painting?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is why you are painting your house. If you are painting in order to sell, then choosing bizarre colours such as oxblood may not be the best idea. When selling a house neutral colours are always best, as they create a fresh canvas for new owners to paint over should they wish to. Prospective buyers may just look at a house with some totally off the wall colours, and not buy it, as the repainting will be too expensive and time-consuming.

If, however, you are painting because you want to, the sky is your limit. Colour choice is totally yours and depends on your particular personality as well as what you have inside the rooms, which we will go into more detail about later.

Get To Know The Colour Wheel

Choosing a colour cannot be done unless you know what colours are available. Your local hardware or paint shop will have a selection of colour wheels which you can go and look at. Many of these will have pieces of card that you can take home in order to get a feel for how the colour will look in your house.

Colour wheels are designed to promote people to use certain colour schemes together for certain feels. For example, a casino NZ may make use of a very bright colour wheel to add excitement to their rooms, creating a vibrant environment for players to play casino games in.  A school or hospital will use a very different colour wheel to create a calming effect.

Warm Versus Cool

Different rooms have different feels. Bathrooms usually have a cooler feel to a lounge or a bedroom, due to the fact that they involve water. When picking your colour you need to take into consideration what the room in question is for, and how you want it to feel.

Warm colours such as yellows and oranges will create a relaxing feel but may seem out of place in a bathroom. Kitchens can go either way usually, as although they involve water they are also a gathering and social place.

Cool colours do well in bedrooms, especially if you live in a warm climate. They tend to be a bit more energising than a subtle warm yellow, which lends well to games rooms as well. Basically, you need to decide what kind of feel you wish to give your room, and then choose a warm or a cool colour from there.

Choose Colours To Match Furniture

Another good point to take into consideration is what is in the room that you will be painting. Furniture and art need to be set off by the colours on the walls behind them. If you have very brightly patterned furniture or some really large intricate art, then a subtler colour will be a better way to go. Overwhelming your room with too many colours and patterns is never a good idea.