Now that you have made the decision to freshen up the look and feel of your home with a paint job, you will need to decide which colours will work best in your space.
Deciding to put a new coat of paint on the walls is something every homeowner goes through from time to time. Making up your mind can be exhausting with so many different colours to choose from, and it’s difficult to know what the final result will look like when inspecting a tiny swatch. While the light to moderate shades of neutral colours are a safer choice, their subtle differences can be particularly challenging to compare until it’s too late.
Painters and interior designers often talk about “warm” and “cool” colours with regards to neutral paints: warm contains undertones of red, yellow, brown or orange, while cool tends to appear more green or blue. When choosing the right combination of warm and cool undertones, you need to take both your own preferences and the style of your home into account. On top of this, decide what you want to achieve with the room: is there a particular point of focus you want to draw attention to, or would you like everything to blend together?
Let’s take the living room as an example. Warm undertones tend to enclose a space, which makes them perfect for larger rooms that you want to have an intimate atmosphere. On the other hand, they can make a small room feel a bit claustrophobic when compared with the expansive, open effect of cool colours. That said, it doesn’t mean you can’t use a paint with warm undertones in a smaller space — it all depends on the ambience you’re going for and can apply to both walls and ceilings!
Neutral colours are always a safe choice. Not only do white and light grey tones enhance the feeling of space in the room, they also compliment bold artwork, furniture, rugs and soft furnishings. Neutral paint colours are a popular choice in entrance areas, living zones, wet areas and bedrooms. For those who prefer to change and update interior pieces often, choosing neutral tones is the best option.
Bold, bright colours add flair to an area and often act as a backdrop for a chosen colour scheme. Bright colours work well on a single wall, or accent area in dining or entertaining spaces, kitchens, and children’s play areas. Bright colours tend to stimulate and increase energy levels, so they are not recommended for bedrooms or relaxation zones in the home.
Bold dark colours add drama and intensity to the room. It is trending in Melbourne now to include rich tones of green, deep red, black and charcoal paint to bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms to create an impact.
Dulled tones or ‘desaturated’ paint colours are a popular choice in homes and apartments around Melbourne. They offer a break from typical whites and greys, and subtly invite a mood into the room. Pastel greens and blues bring about calmness to the room and are often used in work spaces or parent retreat areas. Pastel tones of purple and yellow are gentle yet instantly create a sense of warmth and joy. These hues are often seen in bedrooms and entertaining areas.
Of course, testing out your colour choice is always recommended prior to painting entire walls. It is a good idea to seek the advice of paint professionals for assistance with colour and execution.