Choosing Colours to Paint Your Interior

Colours can transform the ambience of a room, so selecting the perfect palette is important, and it can be a fun challenge. 

Colours are highly subjective, meaning there’s no specific way to pick the colour scheme for your property. That being said, there are ways to help ensure your colours reflect exactly what you want them to and look great in your space at all times. 

Follow these tips on choosing the right colours for your interior to transform your home into your personal cohesive oasis. 

Consider Colour Meanings

Colours have attached meanings and can guide your emotions and energy. It’s important to consider these meanings when choosing which colours to paint each room. 

Darker colours such as red and purple, tend to induce strong emotions and feelings of anger or stress. When used on an accent wall they can add a great pop of colour to small spaces, but it is not recommended to use these colours in areas where you want to encourage relaxation, such as the bedroom or living room.

Vibrant colours including bright yellows, oranges and greens are happy colours that encourage communication, making them suited for living rooms, dining areas and kitchens. 

Similarly, warm colours like toned down shades of orange or yellow encourage productivity and are therefore also great choices for dining rooms, kitchens and offices. 

Colder colours such as light blues and greens are largely associated with relaxation, making them ideal for bedrooms. 

Neutral colours like whites, greys, and tans don’t have a lot of associated emotions, therefore they can be a great option to stick to. These wall colours also provide more options for adding colourful decor and furnishings. 

Factor in Decor & Furnishings

When choosing the colour palette for painting your house it can be helpful to consider your existing decor and furniture, to ensure you avoid colour clashes. 

If you have bright, vibrant furnishings and decor, you may choose to opt for neutral colours or clean white walls. 

On the other hand, if your furniture is neutrally coloured, you may want to opt for including an accent colour wall to help the room pop. 

Almost everything in your home comes in a range of colours, so you want to ensure your furnishings and your walls complement each other. 

Look at Your House as a Whole

You want your house to flow and not feel disconnected. Choosing clashing colours for adjoining rooms can cause this.

Consider each of your rooms together when choosing the colours for your home. 

For example, if you want the calming effect of a pale blue in your bedroom it probably isn’t wise to paint your hallway a bright red or orange, as these colours are contrasting and won’t look great next to each other. 

To avoid clashing colours, it can be a good idea to opt for neutral colours in halls and large open plan spaces (aside from an accent wall if you would prefer), or if you really want colours everywhere then ensure you refer to a colour wheel and choose complementary colours for joining rooms. 

Plan for Light Differentiations 

Artificial and natural lights can change the look of colours at different times of the day, so keep this in mind when choosing your colours. 

A warm yellow that looks great with the morning sun shining on it, may look muted at night under the artificial lights. This can also change how the colour looks with your furniture and decor. 

This is also a great time to mention the importance of choosing the right light bulbs. Different bulbs give off different amounts and shades of light, which can also affect how your paint colours look. 

How to Check Colours

When choosing paint colours the only way to know how they’re going to look for sure is to see them in your space. 

Initially, you can visit your local paint store and pick up some swatches and test a range of colours in each room. Then, once you’ve decided on an initial colour palette from the swatches, it’s time to return to the store and pick up some paint samples.

While swatches are fairly accurate, the sheen of real paint can look slightly different on your walls, so it’s important to paint some dots or squares on your walls to get a realistic feel for the colours at different times of the day. 

Work With Brisbane’s Best Painters

Now that you’ve chosen your colours, it’s time to talk to the professionals and start transforming your interior. 
Get in touch with us today, to start discussing how to transform your property!

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