Four Things to Consider Before Choosing a Colour

print-1822374_1920Getting a fresh coat of paint in any room of the house is a fantastic way to keep your walls and ceilings protected while reinvigorating the style of the space. That said, it can be pretty easy to start pulling your hair out as you try to decide on the perfect shade, and you may be tempted to throw caution to the wind. Resist this temptation — go on, step back and take a deep breath. You spend a lot of time around the house, and you don’t want to end up regretting your choice because you rushed the decision. Now that you have prevented yourself from going mad, take the time to consider these common mistakes and you’ll realise it’s not so bad!

Think about the atmosphere of the room

Something we touched on in our previous blog was why you should consider how you want to feel when you spend time in a particular room. For example, you may choose calm, relaxing shades for your bedroom while reserving more ambitious, stronger shades for elsewhere in the house. Whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom or anything in between, go with a style that reflects its purpose.

Keep your scheme reasonably consistent

While taking our first suggestion into account, be aware that it is glaringly obvious when you have gone a bit wild with the colour choices. Walking from the calm, muted cream walls of the modern living room into a retro kitchen saturated with sour green hue can be a surprising shock to the system. While there’s always flexibility, be careful about shifting between styles too much.

Be open to change

You may be inclined to have your home repainted in the same shade as before to avoid the hassle of making a decision. While this can still work, you should not be afraid of considering new options as time goes on; after all, it’s normal for both personal tastes and popular trends to change over the years. Flaunt your own style, but don’t be scared to mix things up!

Avoid mixing too many colours

Hey, no one ever said that you had to stick with one colour for an entire room — in fact, it is often necessary to compensate for how natural light fills the space. However, take a similar approach to what we suggested for the overall colour scheme: avoid going overboard. While you are free to experiment with colour combinations, be aware that an over-abundance of variety can set a confusing mood and create an enclosed atmosphere.