Colour can make or break a room, it’s often taken for granted how much a room’s colour can impact the space. This makes the colour selection process for a room a tad stressful. You don’t want to waste efforts, money and time picking a colour only to find that it doesn’t work at all.
Fortunately, there are many preventative measures you can take to make sure that the colour you pick is what you want and suits the room. Below are six tips on how to pick a paint colour like a pro.
1. Start Small
If you’re not sure how or where to start with colour, experiment with a small room or area first, such as a bathroom or hallway. Accent walls are a great way to start too. If you’re doing your own painting, this well help as well because anything you don’t like during the process can easily be changed.
To pick your initial colours, select a favourite colour from an existing art piece, rug, accessory or piece of furniture as a dominant colour or accent colour. Picking out paint samples this way is a lot of fun too!
The effect of a colour in a room is heavily impacted by the type of light it gets. In fact, rooms get different light throughout the day which makes for an added challenge because you need to find a colour that looks good all day round. Be sure to look at the colour you want in different lights before making your final decision.
3. Room Moods
When picking colours, it’s important to consider what mood you want the room to have. Colour has quite an influence on how we feel, matching the wrong colour to a room can portray a feeling you don’t want. Remember, just because you like a specific colour, it doesn’t mean it will go well in the room.
As an example for a bedroom, you probably want to feel restful, soothed and calm. Cool, soft and neutral colours are good for those kinds of moods. On the other hand, if you want to have a dramatic and intimate feeling in your bedroom, consider using bold and strong colours.
You can also do research on the effect of certain colours on our minds. Studies have shown certain colours actually activate the mind thereby altering our moods. Definitely worth a google search!
4. Test Your Colour
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, pick an area of the wall to test the colour. This will give you a better sense of how it will look in the room before you go all out. In addition, this gives you the opportunity to try out bold, ambitious colours since you know it’s just a trial, nothing permanent.
5. Consider Paint Finishes
You can choose the finish of paint to be glossy and shiny or matte and less reflective. By playing with finishes, you can get an original, unique look for your space. For example, by getting a matte finish for the walls but a glossy finish for baseboards, you’ll make the room pop a bit more which catches the eye.
6. Use the Colour Wheel
Colour wheels are great as a reference tool for modifying and intensifying more than one colour. You may find that two colours together are intense and loud, but by using a colour wheel you can find shades of each colour that work better together.
Consider that yellow and blue clash when together, but by using a colour wheel, you can find two shades of yellow and blue that work well together.