Choosing the right colour to paint the interior or exterior of your house can often seem quite tough with so many colours, shades and brands on offer. But picking the best fit for your home will be very important in both the long and short-term. There are several factors to take into account before making your final selection.
The main fear that people have is picking the wrong colour and repaint everything all over again. As we provide residential and commercial painting services in Sydney, we have worked with many clients who have faced this problem and found that by outlining some of the elements that will affect the way your paint looks can easily solve this problem. To help you avoid some of the biggest pitfalls of repainting, below is a list of key points to keep in mind –
Choose The Lights Wisely
The different lighting you have in your home can vastly affect the way your paint looks on your walls. Bright red walls could look fantastic in natural sunlight but can feel claustrophobic with a dimmer lamp or ceiling light, conversely, a fantastic grey colour could end up too dark in an already dim room. To properly select the correct colour, bring a swatch into the room and see how it looks with the lighting there.
Keep The Colours Close
It’s important to have a coherent look and feel to your house, rather than feeling like one room after another has a completely different mood. Consider how your paint will work with the other rooms of your house – how will it integrate with the colour scheme you have already implemented in other rooms.
Furniture is a huge part of creating the feeling of a room. But many of us make a big mistake not considering the type and colour of the furniture before painting the rooms. If you have big, dark pieces of furniture; it’s often a good idea to opt for a light wall colour which will give the room more light. It will also make the room look more spacious.
What Colours Say About Your Room
Everyone knows that white walls will create a feeling of more space in the room. Darker colours will give you the feeling of being in a smaller enclosed space. But it’s also important to think about how other colours will make your room feel. Reds and pinks will lend warmth to the room while blues will give a calm, cool feeling. Greens are said to give a feeling of tranquillity and health while purples are relaxing and yellows are energising.
You are much more likely to end up with something you love if you keep these factors in mind. It’s always a great idea to swatch a little bit of the colour on your wall and live with it for a time before you finally go ahead and paint the whole room. When in doubt, you can, of course, hire a professional who will be glad to guide you through the colour selection process.
Doing a quality DIY paint job requires more than just the equipment and the know-how, it’s also about matching styles and creating the right atmosphere in every room. You can be the best painter in the world and get a perfect finish, but if you don’t pick out the right colours or create the right mood for the room, you home isn’ t going to make for a comfortable living space.
So it’s important to think about how you’ll choose to paint different rooms. A kid’s bedroom is a great example; likely the colour scheme will differ greatly from the rest of the house. Here’s a few tips and general ideas on how to decorate your child’s bedroom and make it a great space for them!
Think about the theme of the room
It’s obviously important to encourage the imaginations of youngsters as it helps their minds develop. Creating a particular theme in a bedroom and following it throughout the decorative features can help to capture the imagination of children. Some popular themes include deep space, the forest or something as simple as a blue sky.
That said there are really no rules when it comes to painting for kid’s rooms, so don’t be afraid to mix and match different colours that otherwise might seem odd together. You might even want to create two different themes in the same room! Keeping it light and fun is the most important thing!
Bright colours are key
It shouldn’t come at any surprise that bright colours appeal to kids, and studies show that children as young as 5 months old can receive some benefit from being exposed to a range of different colours.
Further, colour has a big impact on the mood and behaviour of young children, so if they are situated in a bright, happy environment this will certainly have an effect on them (as it does for adults). We’d recommend using primary colours such as blue, red or yellow or secondary colours like green and orange. These are preferable to neutral shades and are more relatable for young children – they will invariably associate certain primary colours with objects and feelings.
Use non-toxic paints
We generally recommend following this tip for painting any of the rooms in your home, but it is especially important in your children’s’ rooms. Organic, water-based paints are really your best bet here to ensure your children’s health remains the number one priority. Studies show that some classes of paint that are high in VOCs can have a negative effect on the respiratory and immune systems, while also contributing to allergies. This is particularly the case with young people, whose bodies are still developing.
Nowadays organic paints provide similar quality to conventional alternatives, so it’s forth forking out a little extra.
Use the toughest paints
Durability is hugely important in a child’s room, for all manner of reasons. Depending on their age, the paint may have to endure knocks and bumps, scratches and scrapes or even the odd line of crayon or texta. At the end of the day, you’re going to want to use a top of the line water-based paint when decorating your kid’s bedroom, as this will make it more likely it lasts long term. Keep in mind that with a water-based paint you can easily wash off any marks that need to be taken care of too!
So there you have it; just a few of the most important things to consider when setting out to paint your child’s room! You can always have it looked after by a professional painting service provider in Sydney – speak to the team at Priority Coatings today for more info or simply for advice.
Do-it-yourself residential painting jobs are pretty common through January – people have more time, the weather is nice and it’s a great time to enjoy a fresh new coat. If you are planning to handle the work yourself rather than contracting a professional painter, keep in mind that preparation is half the job. Get the right gear, properly prepare the surface and take time to choose a colour scheme that works for you. The last part can be more difficult than it sounds, so here are a few things you’ll want to avoid when deciding on the colour.
Not Thinking About Atmosphere
Painting your interior has a number of practical and cosmetic benefits, but one that can be overlooked by DIY painters is how far it goes in helping you define the feel or atmosphere of a room. So it’s not just about picking out colours that look good or that you like, it’s also important to think about what the purpose of the room is and how you want people to feel when they’re in it. Some colours, for example, light blues, creams and some yellows, are particularly effective in bathrooms for example. Darker shades may be appropriate in living rooms to help people unwind and relax.
Consider how the colours combine with your furniture and the amount of sunlight in the room too!
Using More Colours Than is Optimal
Another common mistake is to get overly cute and trying to do too much with the colours you’ve selected and going a little overboard. A colour palette will generally include 3-4 different shades, any more and you risk having the room look cluttered and uncomfortable. There are always exceptions to the rule but this is a good standard to go off of.
Choosing Colours That Don’t Suit
This is a simple one, but all too often you’ll see homeowners trying to invent their own colour palette and a lot of the time it simply doesn’t work. There are a time and a place for experimenting, and you don’t want to play it too safe, but generally, we’d recommend following a colour scheme that you’ve seen used before, or has recommended before. Search online and you can find a host of palettes with colours that work together really well. It’s also a good idea to ask the retailer for their suggestions when buying your paint.
Going Too Bold or Harsh
An overly bright room with strong, bold colours can be quite uncomfortable to be in; remember that it’s important to make sure there’s somewhere where the eyes can rest. Even if you look the idea of a colourful room, make sure you contrast the bright colours with neutral shades to balance things out. Failing to do so can give a room a chaotic or hectic look and feel, which is what you’re wanting to avoid!
Even if you aren’t planning on using a painting services professional, it can be a good idea to have a chat with an experienced residential painting colour consultant about your project. At the very least, ample research is a must and with the internet, as a resource, you have no excuse to not be properly prepared. If you have a specific question, keep in mind that there are plenty of home improvement forums at your disposal!