How to Choose Paint Colour

Stuck between blue and green? Red and yellow? Or are you just hoping to create a calm and cool environment? Choosing a paint colour can be really tricky as you don’t really know what it’ll look like until it goes on the wall (or on the piece of furniture that you’re painting), so it’s important to have a really good think about what you do and don’t like. Follow these tips to find out how and have a look at these painting and wall covering supplies to help you get the job done.

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  • Figure out what your favourite colour is. If you don’t already know, open up a box of pencils or crayons and see which one tickles your fancy. If you love it, you can just take it to the paint shop and get them to mix it up for you.
  • Which colours really speak to you? Do you love the red of a sunset or the gorgeous blue hue of the sea? Knowing whether you love cool, clean colours or warm, earthy hues is really important.
  • Still not sure? Take a look in your wardrobe. Which colours do you wear all the time? Which do you constantly pass over? Which colours do you always ignore? If you don’t like mustard yellow sweaters you’re not going to like mustard yellow walls.
  • Take into account the size of the space. If it’s a really small room, you’re not going to want to make it look even smaller. If it’s a large room, you might want to make it feel smaller, or use cooler colours to emphasise the feeling of space.
  • Generally, designers advise that you don’t use the same colour scheme throughout the house – instead, that you unify the colours throughout the house. Tone colours together and use complementary patterns – but don’t feel like you have to match everything together.
  • What is the overall feel that you’re trying to create? For example, do you want a relaxing, restful environment? Or a room that makes you feel creative and energised? Spend a little bit of time researching different colours and their effect on mood before you start slapping paint on the walls.
  • Another thing to think about is the view of the room – what you’ll be looking out onto. If you have views of wide open fields, for example, perhaps you want to bring the outside in. Or, if you’re stuck without any views, perhaps you want to create them by using seaside hues or deep forest greens.

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DIY Tips: 10 Colour Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

Do you know which colours work well together? Which colours you should use as the neutral backdrop to your bold accents? Whether it’s okay to mix and match colours, patterns and textures? Read on to find out the 10 colour mistakes you shouldn’t make – ever – and take a look at this link for painting supplies to help you on your way.

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1. What Colour is Your Ceiling?

We’re willing to bet that it’s white. And if it’s white, it means that it has flecks of grey in it – all white paint contains a subtle hint of grey. If you put this colour onto the ceiling, it’ll make the height of the walls seem shorter, shrinking them and making the room feel smaller. Use a warm cream instead.

2. Matchy-matchy

Although you need a coherent colour scheme, it’s best to avoid exactly matching a colour on the wall to a colour in the fabric of a cushion – it’s too obvious. Instead, choose something that has a few tones of grey in it, as it’ll stop everything looking matchy-matchy but still keep the entire scheme cohesive.

3. Neutrals

Every room needs balance, so it’s really important that you team those bold bright colours with a number of soft neutrals – they won’t tone them down, exactly, but they’ll really make them pop and will help to prevent the space from just looking like a paint chart.

4. Colour Continuity

Although you might not want to use the exact same colours in every room of the house, to create a sense of continuity, it’s a good idea to use similar hues, or at least colours in the same palette, so that all of the rooms feel somewhat connected to one another. This is particularly important when spaces actually run into each other – like a dining room and a kitchen.

5. Cool Contrast

A room without contrast is boooorrrriiiinnng. Plenty of neutrals are nice but what makes a room even nicer is to add some lovely contrasting colours or textures. For example, a black leather chair or some sleek and glossy white furniture provide lovely contrast to a soft carpet or a fluffy cushion.

6. Don’t Go Too Far

If you make things too obvious – or go too far with your colour scheme by not using contrast or neutrals, you’ll make the room look a bit stiff. A bit unloved and a bit show-homey. What you want is something that’s both stylish and substantial enough for the whole family to enjoy.

7. How Will You Look?

People never think about how the room will complement them – a lady with blue eyes, for example, might benefit from a room with shades of grey and lavender, as it’ll help bring out the colour of her eyes.

8.  Not All At Once

You should never be afraid to use colour, but if you’re not brave enough to do everything at once, let the room evolve by adding more and more colour as you feel comfortable. It’ll also make you feel like the room is constantly changing, preventing boredom from settling in.

9. Get the Right Finish

You’ll need to prepare the walls well and use a decent paint if you want the end result to look good, whatever finish you’re going for – matte, eggshell, patent.

10. Choose Deep Colours

Deep colours should pull you in, rather than leap out at you, so it’s important that you add some depth to a room by choosing some deep colours.

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DIY Tips: 5 Must Know Home Decor Tips Part 2

Decorating is always difficult. Choosing a theme that everyone will love and that everyone will feel comfortable in can be tricky – plus, it can be difficult knowing whether to keep up with the latest interior design trends or opt for something safe. In part 2 of our must know tips series we share exactly how to transform your house, taking it from drab to fab. Take a look at this link for painting materials to help you get started. lounge

Use Neutrals

Neutral hues don’t have to be boring. In fact, when layered up with different textures, fabrics and hues – metallics on the walls, wheatgrass flooring and soft, suede cushions all work brilliantly together even if they’re similar in colour, as it stops the room from looking too matchy-matchy. In the image above, taupes, creams and greys combine to create a restful look that is anything but boring.

Include Side Tables

Side tables might not sound like a particularly exciting interior design choice but including them in your design means that you’ll instantly create a feeling of cosiness. Interior designers use side tables and follow the rule that for every chair or sofa there should be a side table. When you stay at a hotel, you’ll see plenty of tables next to sofas, which is meant to make you want to curl up with a coffee or a glass of wine and a magazine – so follow this rule in your own home.

Don’t Hide the TV

For years we’ve struggled with TVs. Do we keep ’em out in the open? Hide them away? Put them into a cupboard? The truth is, it’s perfectly fine and completely acceptable to keep the TV out in the open now, especially if it’s a newer model. You could put it up on the wall and run the cable underneath the plasterboard but this will usually result in you getting a cricked neck when watching the footie. Just put it on display, but try to make sure that it isn’t the main focal point.

Mixing Patterns Isn’t Easy

Although interior designers will tell you to be brave, to mix and match patterns and to choose colour combos that you’ve never really thought of, it does take a lot of practice to properly mix patterns and colours. If you are going to mix patterns, make sure they’re in a similar if not identical colour scheme, or that they’re the same kind of shape/style/size. For example, you could mix stripes and a flock pattern if they were in a similar colour, and vintage floral fabrics that have flowers roughly the same size and shape.

Make a Small Space Work Harder

A thin and narrow kitchen can be difficult to work with but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on storage space or crimp on style. Put cupboards and units up to the ceiling and keep everything light and bright. Stuck with a teeny-tiny bedroom? Consider using a built-in sliding wardrobe and maximise every single bit of space for shoes, socks, shelves for t-shirts and jumpers and hanging space for blouses, skirts and dresses.

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DIY Tips: 10 Ways to Choose Paint Colour

Choosing the perfect combination of colours can be tricky. Do you opt for contrasting hues, tonal colours or do you go for the brightest, boldest colours you can find? Follow these 10 ways to choose paint colour to learn exactly how to choose the perfect colours for your home and take a look at this link for painting supplies to help you get started.

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  • Think about colours that have particular resonance for you. Colours that you love, colours that remind you of a special time, colours that make you feel something. Those are the colours that are most powerful and that will make your house feel like a home.
  • Keep a colour scrapbook. When you spot a colour, pattern, fabric or texture that you really love, in a magazine or in a shop or anywhere, take a photo or rip it out and put everything together into a scrapbook. If you can’t find an exact match for the colour you love, you can get it mixed at a paint supply store.
  • Think about tone. For a calming, soothing effect that feels harmonious, choose colours from the same colour palette. They’ll work together.
  • Think about contrast. For a bolder, brighter, punchier look, choose contrasting colours – colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. Choose one “dominant” colour, perhaps to create a feature wall, then use up to two more contrasting colours as accents.
  • Have a good think about light – which direction the light comes into the room from will play a huge part in how the colours will appear. If the room is north-facing, for example, colours will appear slightly darker and gloomier so it’s a good idea to opt for warmer hues that will make the space feel cosier. If you want to make a south-facing room feel fresher, opt for pale blues and vibrant greens.
  • Think carefully about the furniture already in the space as this will restrict the colours that you choose, to an extent. Although, luckily, it’ll also give you somewhere to start. Team warm wooden furniture with tonal hues and modern glass pieces with bright and bold contrasting colours.
  • Try to tie the colours you choose in with the adjoining rooms – ideally, the whole house should tie together to some extent, instead of there being completely different themes in each room.
  • Speaking of themes, come up with one! You don’t need to paint the whole house the same colour, but it’s a good idea to have a general idea in your head of how you want the house to look – for example, shabby chic, vintage, modern, contemporary etc.
  • It’s also a good idea to use samples, so that you can see how the paint looks on your wall and in different lights.
  • Finally – and this is quite an important point – buy paint at the same time. If you think you’ll need 3 pots but you’re not quite sure, buy all 3 anyway so that you can be sure that the paint is from the same batch, ensuring that it looks the same on the wall.

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DIY Tips: Choosing a Colour Scheme

A colour scheme is one of the very best ways to stamp your personality on a space, whether you want the room to be bright and cheery or calming and soothing. Learn how to choose a complementary colour scheme with our top tips and take a look at this link for painting supplies to help you get the job done.

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Know the Orientation of Your Room

All colours are influenced by natural light. You might notice that the walls of your living room change colour as the sun sets and when you turn on overhead lights and lamps and this is simply due to the changing light. If your room is north-facing, it’s likely to be fairly cold and it might be gloomy as it won’t get as much natural light, so you’ll need to brighten up the space with a sunny yellow hue or a rich turquoise. Make sure that you choose warm colours with yellow undertones rather than cool colours with grey undertones. If the room is south-facing, it’ll be flooded with light for most of the day, so you’ll have much more choice. Rooms that are east or west-facing will fall somewhere in the middle.

Use a Colour Wheel

If you’re really unsure of how different colours work together, use a colour wheel – it’ll show you exactly which colours work best together, which should give you plenty of inspiration.

A Tonal Colour Scheme

One of the easiest ways to introduce colour into your home is to use a tonal colour scheme, whereby you use different shades of one colour throughout the room. It’s a “safe” way to use colour as it’s virtually guaranteed that everything will work together. Add interest and avoid a bland, boring look by mixing the colours with neutral creams, greys and browns and introduce plenty of texture, too, using slightly sheeny wallpapers, soft fur throws or embroidered cushions.

Harmonising

A harmonising colour scheme is similar to a tonal colour scheme but instead of using just one colour, two colours are used. Usually, you’d choose colours that sit close to each other on the colour wheel, such as red and pink or green and yellow. This adds interest to the room, plus, it’s an easy way to introduce colour if you’re a little bit afraid of it.

Contrasting

If you’re a little bit braver, contrasting colours are a brilliant way to make a statement, using colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. For example, you might use orange and blue together, or pale lilac and sage green. The best way to use contrasting colours is with one dominant colour, such as lilac, with accents of the contrasting colour. You might use the dominant colour on the wall, then add the accent colour through accessories.

Take Inspiration From Nature

One of the best ways to get to grips with how colour works and which colours work best together is to get outside and take inspiration from nature. For example, the bright blue of the sea and the sandy beige of the beach, or the lush green foliage of the forest with the pale silvery bark of the trees.

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