When it comes to renovating your home, there’s a lot you have to consider. What tiles will you use for your bathroom renovation? Or what type of cabinets will you use in your new kitchen?
But one of the most difficult decisions you’ll make is choosing your interior colours. On one hand, it’s fun to be able to experiment with different design ideas. On the other hand, you might feel a little pressure in choosing the right colour.
If you need a little help in choosing the right colours and tones to suit your decor, here are five tips for choosing interior paint colours.
- Do research
Nowadays, it’s never been easier to find design inspirations. Instagram and Pinterest are your go-to sites when looking for colour scheme ideas. Of course, you can also go old-school and look through interior design magazines.
Regardless of how you do it, you should compile all the photos that you like for future reference. It doesn’t even have to be a photo of a home. You could be inspired by the colours in a still life, an abstract painting or a book cover.
Next, put all the images that you like on a moodboard. This way, you can get an overall sense of the images along with the feeling that it creates. Try to find commonalities between the photos and separate them into sub-groups.
All this research and planning can help you get closer to the colours that are right for you.
- Narrow down your colour schemes
Unfortunately, you’ve going to have to let go of a few of your initial colour scheme ideas. It’s important to systematically narrow down your options so that you can end up with a choice that works for you.
One way that you can do this is to look at the colours in your current interior. What do you want to change and what can’t you change? You can start by looking at the colour of your furniture. If you don’t want to change it, think about what kind of hues will go well with your cushions, sofa and coffee table.
As a general rule, it’s a good idea to pick three major colours. One would be the main colour of the wall and the other two will be used to add depth. This will help you to create a homogenous look by choosing colours of a similar hue and creating variety by picking different luminosities.
- Consider lighting
Next, consider how lighting will affect your chosen colours. First, there’s natural lighting. Sunlight during the late morning and early afternoon is neutral. This means it will show the colours of your interior as they are. However, as the sun begins to set, the sunlight will become much warmer. So, if you have a room that’s exposed to the natural colours of a sunset, make sure to use colours that work well with those hues. This could be oranges, yellows or reds.
The second thing to consider is artificial lighting. Most homes will either have warm lights or cool lights. Cool lights will enhance cooler colours and mute warmer ones, while warm lights enhance warmer colours and mute cooler ones.
Also, remember that darker hues absorb more light and therefore more heat. If a dark surface is exposed to sunlight for a long period of time, it will likely be very hot to the touch. Keep this in mind when planning out your interior colours.
You can also create ‘zones’ around your home by having colour schemes for different areas. You can have a bubbly-blue kitchen that creates an atmosphere of liveliness and excitement. On the other hand, your living room can have muted oranges and yellows for a more relaxed vibe.
Having different colour schemes works particularly well for open plans. It differentiates the rooms and creates a ‘flow’ throughout your space. For example, if you’re in a kitchen that’s dominated by cool colours, your eyes can get drawn to the warmer hues of the living room, and vice versa.
Take this as an opportunity to learn more about basic colour theory. Complementary colours are two hues that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. Blue complements oranges, red complements greens, and purple complements yellows. In other words, they make each other stand out. Use this to your advantage when differentiating ‘zones’.
- Pay attention to the small details
The colour of your moulding and wainscot is crucial in creating a beautiful interior. A common way of handling these features is to paint them a slightly darker colour than your wall. It creates uniformity in the room while at the same time providing some variety. You can also paint them white, which will make the wall colour stand out even more.
Don’t be afraid to add some bold accents as well. In a sea of muted colours, a splash of saturated red can act as the focal point. This could be a painting, a chair or even a rug. Hopefully, this brief guide gave you some ideas on how to choose interior paints. Your interior designer will be able to guide you through this process and help you create a colour scheme that elevates and enhances your home. The colours you choose will tie all the elements of your home renovation together, so make sure you consider your options carefully and make a decision you’re comfortable with.
Also read here to know how to prepare your interior walls for painting.