How to decide on a paint colour for each room in the house

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There aren’t many people that would openly admit to enjoying lockdown. Lives have been turned upside down and livelihoods have been compromised with a staggering 4.8% of us now unemployed.

However, there has been one benefit to lockdown: DIY. As millions of us have more time on our hands than before March 2020, a lot of us are trying our hand at DIY and finally getting round to ticking off our to-do lists.

High on many people’s agenda is redecorating. Simply giving the walls a fresh lick of paint can breathe life into a tired space. Yet choosing a paint colour for each room in the house can be a tricky venture, so what should you consider when choosing colours for different rooms in the house?

What colour should I pick?

Colours are a fundamental element of any home decoration scheme, and the colours you pick can form the foundation for other decorations and furnishings.

That’s why it’s important to get it right. To help you with your decision, we’ve compiled some things to think about to get your interior looking fresh

  1. Consider a home-wide scheme

When it comes to choosing a colour scheme, it’s important not to look at each room in a silo. When thinking about the design of your house, you should create a mood board of the whole house as a whole and see which colours work well and compliment each other.

Although you don’t have to paint all the walls one colour, you may choose to have an accent colour that is repeated throughout.

By narrowing your colour choices, you can begin to create a more cohesive space.

  1. Consider the purpose of each room to influence your decision

A good place to start is thinking about the purpose of each room and how you want it to make you feel. For bedrooms and living spaces that you want to feel cosy, you may want to choose warmer colours that make the space feel soft and relaxing. For a home office, you may wish to choose blue to encourage creativity.

For bathrooms and kitchens, you can use bolder, zestier colours to make you feel energised as you shower and get a cup of tea first thing in the morning.

Bathrooms in particular look great in a whole variety of colours, so choosing the right bathroom paint should be a doddle.

  1. Consider your space

Not everyone is blessed with large rooms throughout their home, so the colour you choose can have a big impact on how a room looks. In general, light colours make rooms appear bigger, brighter and airier whereas dark colours make a room feel small and cosy.

If you want to trick the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it is, consider painting skirting boards and ceilings the same colour as your walls. It may sound radical, but the lack of distinct lines will create the illusion of space.

  1. Think about the light

Although you may think paint will look similar in all rooms, the way the room faces actually has a big impact on how the colour will look once it’s on the wall. For example, north-facing rooms receive cooler and harsher light, so cool colours should be avoided. On the contrary, south-facing rooms get warm light all day, so cool colours will work well to neutralise yellow light.

Choosing the right paint colour can be tricky, but by taking the time to consider the space in front of you, you can get really professional results at home – without having to spend a fortune!

As more of us now have more time on our hands, why not give redecorating a go?

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