One of the most rewarding experiences in home improvement is when you get to decide on repainting and decorating your home. Colours have a profound impact on your personality, and a new paint gives vibrance to your space.
Changing your home design through painting will have a significant effect on its overall appeal. That’s why it is important to choose a colour that will match your style and overall décor that you will enjoy for the rest of your stay in that home.
However, many homeowners find it challenging to choose colours and furniture pieces to add to their space because they believe they are a novice in such skill. The help of a colour consultant and professional painters is key to the implementation of your project.
Starting Your Painting Project
No one wants to make a costly mistake with their home painting project, but the fact is, it becomes almost impossible to avoid. Making the decision to re-paint your house can be a big one, especially if you have a big budget or a lot of free time.
Here, we will help you understand how to choose the right colour and give life to your home.
Choosing the Right Colour
Before you start painting, you should choose your paint either online or on-site by way of visualising how the colours will look on your home. This will help you determine whether the shade is right for your home.
Whilst there are many different paint colours out there, not all of them suit a specific style. People who want to add a new sense of life to their home will want to match the colour of the walls with their furniture.
People who want to upgrade their home will want to use a colour that reflects their architectural styles, and some paint colours are meant for certain rooms.
Warmer Colours for Added Depth
Your interior will look its best when the colours of your home furnishings stand out against the colour of the walls. Applying dark colours will help create a visual separation between the walls and the furniture. This separation is the key to building that depth in a room, as the dynamics of the elements, e.g., walls, furnishings and their arrangement, trick your eye into whether the space is wide or narrow.
Make the Environment as a Colour Scheme Inspiration
You can stumble upon the colour scheme that best suits you by looking at a piece of furniture, an accessory or even artwork in your home. As you look around your space, begin to notice a colour that keeps catching your eye. You can also choose a colour scheme by glancing around the space in different rooms and looking for one colour that seems to be repeated in multiple areas.
Lastly, select colours that make you feel at home.
Choose Decor Items Carefully
Keeping your home décor simple and clutter-free is one of the most important home décor tips to know. If you invest in quality pieces, they will last longer and look more polished. Buying affordable, trendy items will grow out of fashion quickly and leave you feeling like you need something new again. Keep the essentials for your home on hand, so that your home can easily transition from season to season.
Define Your Personal Style
Classic and elegant, boho, modern and contemporary, retro, bohemian chic, eclectic, beach and coastal, traditional chic, mid-century, nautical, industrial and rustic, modern farmhouse, minimalist, traditional and formal… The list is incredibly long. Take time to go through your own style.
What do you like?
What do you dislike?
What makes you happy?
What makes you feel comfortable?
The quickest answer to these questions is what defines your preference. So, go, liberate your mind and free to express your choice.
Still can’t get anywhere? Take this advice: Get the help of a painter and decorator. They know best what’s good for a space.
Picking paint colours is no small endeavour and it’s fair to say that most people struggle with it in one way or another. It’s hard to know where to begin and then there’s the fear of making the wrong choice. Skilled professionals will take your interior and exterior look to the next level.
Here are a few more ‘practical’ tips for creating a vibrant space in your home:
- If you have a skylight, make sure it doesn’t let in too much heat and light. You might want to install a shade or blinds.
- Add some greenery to the space to make it look bigger. It also helps improve air quality, making it healthier to breathe.
- Ensure natural light is allowed to enter your home. You can opt for lighter shades of paint to extend your living space.
- Open your windows whenever possible to allow a breeze in, especially if you live in the tropics where air-conditioning is not needed.
- Install dimmer switches for your lights for the ultimate control in customisable ambience.
- If you must use a curtain, opt for one that is made from a light material like cotton or linen, which is also energy efficient.
- Remember that ceiling fans, although they save energy, also create a breeze that can be very effective in keeping you cool. If you don’t have air conditioning, invest in one.
- Adjust your windows for maximum sunlight. Windows are often designed with the assumption that people are sitting at desks—but there’s more potential for light than that. Open your windows and let the sunshine in.
- If you can afford it, install solar-powered lights outside your home to create a welcoming atmosphere.
- Position your sofa and armchair to face the window or a wall where the morning light naturally falls. If you don’t have a south-facing window, use a mirror to reflect the light. This enhances the natural light and brightens up the room.
Why Hire a Colour Consultant and Professional Painter?
Paint is so essential to every home’s design that most of us, whose profession is not painting, know what we like (and don’t like), and that can be valuable for homeowners who are about to embark on a painting project.
You may choose to hire a colour consultant if you are planning a remodel or if you want to maintain the value of your home. A consultant can provide guidance on multiple aspects of your project, including the selection of paint colours and other materials and the arrangement of those materials in your home.
Different people will see your home in different ways. Whilst you might get a headache from peering at the latest interior design magazines, others will see the images and be inspired to create something similar for their own home. The best option is to be open-minded about colour and design, as there are no hard and fast rules.