Choosing the Perfect Paint Colour
Colour can change our perception of the space around us, turning it cool and energetic, spacious or cozy. There are three key steps that can help you with the process of colour selection:
1. Find Inspiration
You can come up with ideas by creating a portfolio of what appeals to you: a favourite painting, the colour of your baby’s eyes, an unforgettable vacation in Mexico or that great hike in the Rockies.
First, take into consideration your inspirational image’s common denominators in terms of colour. Do you like a variety of colours or particular shades and tints of a specific colour? Do you like them bold or muted? Digging deep in the well of inspiration plays an important role in selecting and whittling down your choices.
2. Define the Mood
Secondly, is there a mood or theme that you would like to achieve in a particular space? Do you want a restful feel in the bedroom, or an energizing feel to the family room? The mood will lay the groundwork on the desired visual impact of a chosen paint colour palette.
3. Use Key Elements in Your Home
Last but not least, take stock of all the key elements in your house. Do you have carpeting, hardwood floors, modern or antique furniture? The colour of the flooring is an important consideration when you choose colours because it anchors the room and can impact the colour on the wall due to reflections.
Furnishings also play an important role in determining the perfect colour scheme for your house. Since these are usually the most expensive and not easily replaced items in the house, they tend to suggest a coordinating colour scheme that ties everything together. An invaluable heirloom dining table, for example, will never be discarded because it doesn’t match the wall colour of the dining room.