There are no wrong colour choices when painting your home, but with so many choices it may be hard to narrow it down. The good news painting is relatively inexpensive compared to other home renovations, and can be changed if you happen to make the wrong decision. However, why not love it the first time.
Here are some helpful tips for selecting the right paint colours for your home:
- Are you painting your home for sale? If yes, stick to neutral tones such as white or off-white so it will be easy for the buyer to cover the walls with their own choice of colour.
- Start with the main areas of your home. Pick the main colour for your larger areas such as the kitchen, living room and dining room. You can then match the rest of the home with different shades and complementary colours. Try matching the colour to the largest pattern in the space such as a rug, painting or furniture. If you don’t like a lot of colour stick to a neutral colour like beige where the other colours in the room become the main focal points.
- Use the colour wheel. The colour wheel arranges colours by their chromatic relationship. Primary colours red, yellow and blue are on the colour wheel at 12:00, 4:00 and 8:00 respectively. Combining any of these will give you a secondary colour (i.e. purple, orange). Colours near each other on the colour wheel such as blue and purple are analogous to each other and will allow one colour to stand out more. Colours opposite each other on the colour wheel such as green and red are complementary to one another and will nicely play off each other. Staying within the same shade of colour (i.e. greens) will give you a subtle and soothing look. Painting with cool colours such as blues, greens and purples makes small rooms appear larger and airier, while colours such as reds, yellows and oranges will give a room a more vibrant appearance.
- Decorate from dark to light. Use darker colour values for the floor, medium colour values for the walls and light values for the ceiling. Use the colour wheel above to select the shades of paint that complement each other and are in the same family of colours.
- Still not sure? Go with gray. Our go to neutral is also one of the trendiest colour, you can’t go wrong with gray. Gray allows colours to appear warm or cool and pairs nicely with both pastels and bold colours. Try grey with one accent dark coloured wall for a pop of colour that does not overpower the room.
- Showcase your personality. If you are not painting to sell your home, then use paint to showcase your personality and overall style. Using the tips above you can really make an impact with a small investment.
Still need some help with choosing paint colours? Our expert painters can provide guidance on what will look good in your home and we only use highly quality paint for every home interior and exterior painting project. Give our painting company a call at 250.380.8722 or complete our request a quote form today. We would be happy to provide you a no-obligation quote and suggestions for paint colour.