A lick of paint to add a fresh, new shade on the wall can completely transform a room. But with so many colours to choose from, how do you know which paint to put where?
The right colour choice can make all the difference between a drab, dreary room and a light, cheerful space. So, your first step when redecorating your walls starts with understanding the impact colour can have on your mood.
Is your ideal space cosy, cosmopolitan or calm?
Before you pick up a paintbrush, consider how you want the room to feel. Colour plays a big role in controlling the mood of the room – so once you’ve worked out the mood you want to set, you can then look for colours to match.
Do you want it to be a warm and cosy living area, or a cool and sophisticated space for entertaining? Do you want it to feel chic and secluded, or open and welcoming?
Cool shades of blue and grey can make a space feel calm, sleek and even business-like. Meanwhile green can be relaxing, because we tend to associate this colour with growth and nature.
Warm yellows and browns can create a more inviting and relaxing vibe. Colours like red and orange however can recharge a space, as they represent energy and vitality.
How will you use the room?
How you’re planning on using the room will have a big impact on your colour choice.
If you’re redecorating your home office, then you might want to go with a blue tint, as blue promotes calmness, efficiency and logic.
On the other hand, if you’re setting up a studio or workshop, then a yellow tint may be more appropriate. Yellow promotes creativity, enthusiasm and confidence, which are perfect qualities to get you in the mood to create!
Using light and shade to your advantage
As well as choosing a colour, you need to think about tone. How you use dark, medium and light tones can drastically change the feeling of any space.
The general rule is to move from top to bottom, light to dark.
- Light colours (white, off-white, neutral) above head level
- Medium tints on walls at eye-level
- Darkest tones at feet level.
Lighter tints up above not only make the ceilings appear higher, but they brighten the room. Meanwhile, dark ceilings can make a room feel small, cramped and claustrophobic.
Paint for the size of the space
The way you paint a room can make it feel bigger or smaller. For example, painting a small room a dark colour can make it feel cramped, while painting a large room a light tint can make it feel impersonal and unwelcoming.
Regardless of room size, when you’re painting your home it’s important to paint from the heart. That is, choose colours you love that will go with your furniture and lifestyle. After all, home is where the heart is.