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Painting is a minor home remodelling project. It is not even among the priciest financial investments a homeowner can make. However, painting is one of the most impactful home remodeling investments when it comes to shaping the look and feel of your home.
A simple, inexpensive coat of paint can transform your home from an old, outdated property into a contemporary, cozy space.
In fact, psychology experts argue that the colours people see mostly can impact their mental health, energy levels, and productivity.
It is, therefore, imperative that you choose the colours of your home carefully and with great consideration. If that feels intimidating to you, don’t worry.
Here are six workable tips to help you select the right colours for your painting project.
1. Pick the colours after everything else
If you are redecorating your entire home, or a few rooms, don’t paint them first.
Install all the investment pieces you’ve got – artwork collections, TVs, antique items, or that rug you inherited from your grandmother. In short, everything that will outlive the colour should come first.
It is only after installing those items that you start thinking about the colours you will bring in either in the form of wall paint, fabrics, artificial flowers, or furniture.
The colours you choose should match with the investment pieces, not the other way around.
2. Considerations to make
- Consider the feel you want: You already know that colour has a direct impact on how people feel. So, do you want to feel calm and peaceful when in the bedroom? Do you want a kitchen or a dining area that encourages your appetite?
Whatever you want to feel, or your guests to feel when they step into a room, say it with colour.
Generally, happy colours are bright and bold, but you should listen to your inner being when deciding which one among the bright colours work best for you.
- Consider the lighting in your home: If a room has sufficient natural lighting, the colours you choose should look cool. If it is artificially lit, you need something warm. That is why paint at the store (or furniture) may look completely different from how it looks in your home.
- Consider who you are designing for: If you are decorating your kid’s bedroom, you need to go for bright colours. If it is your mom’s bedroom, bright neutrals work best.
- Consider the size of the room: Small rooms need bright colours to feel expansive while big rooms could use some dullness in order to make them feel smaller and more cozy.
3. Pick colours that work together
Whether or not rooms and hallways are visible to each other, you should ensure that all the colours in the house blend together for continuity purposes.
You can use different tones of the same colour for different rooms depending on how much natural light each room gets. Use lighter tones for rooms with least natural light.
To give your house a fresh look, consider adding some colourful plants or flowers and you can even set up some grow lights over them, so they can flourish faster. This will give your space a nice ambience.
4. Try the 60 – 30 – 10 rule
This is a simple 6:3:1 interior design ratio which implies that your interior walls should represent 60% of your interior colours; the walls should have a dominant base colour.
Furniture, fabrics, and other décor items should contribute 30% of all indoor colour, and the remaining 10% should come from an accent colour. Any colour that creates some variation on the walls is an accent colour.
5. The bathroom
The best bathroom wall colour is monochromatic, bold, and with the right white to balance.
You can use green, red, and blue, among other bold colours on cabinets, wall tiling, and countertops but if you do so, be sure to use white on the floor to improve white balance
6. And the ceiling
If your ceiling is too high up, paint them with a darker shade than the walls to create a false illusion that the ceiling is lower. If you want to make it appear higher than it actually is, select a lighter colour than the walls.
To create a smooth transition between your walls, floor, and ceiling, paint the door trim and floor mouldings with the same colours you paint the ceiling.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour because, after all, paint isn’t permanent.
Get as creative with your colour patterns and stripes as your budget can allow. If you don’t trust your selection or painting abilities, consult an expert.
However, in everything you do, remember that colours add personality to a home. Trust your instincts!
Solid Construction & Design was founded by two brothers with a vision for building a stress-free construction company that operates with integrity, transparency, respect, and one that gives back to the community. Since the company’s founding, they’ve helped many homeowners throughout Sacramento enjoy spacious, beautiful results throughout their homes, and they’d love to help you, too.