A person’s hands holding open a colour swatch card. The card is open on a page with different shades of grey. There are other colour swatch cards scattered around the table. The table is made of wood and there is a white notebook and laptop on the table.

Steps to consider when choosing the right colour for your home

Choosing the right colour for your home can really make a difference in how you feel, so it’s important to make the right choices in creating a beautiful space that you and your family will be happy in.

I’m going to share a few helpful tips to support in turning your house into a home.

Choosing a colour theme:
Start with thinking about what colours you love.
Are you all for bights and bolds, or do you prefer a calmer neutral colour palette?

Creating a colour mood board is a great idea to visualise the colours that you love and see if they actually work together in a living space.
Remember that when you come to decorate your living space, you are doing just that, living in that space, so it’s important you make the right colour choice, as you don’t want to regret your decision and be redecorating a few weeks later!

Home interiors mood board using a sage green and neutral colour palette. Oak wooden panelled detail to the top left corner with curved floor lamp with cream pleated lampshade. A sage green curved velvet sofa and ribbed oak circular coffee table and sage green with off white artwork

Create a mood board to bring your ideas to life

The psychology of colour:
Different colours generate different feelings, so it’s important to think about the mood you’re wanting to create.

As a general rule warm colours create a cosy feeling in a room, cool colours are great for creating a calming effect. Bright, bold colours can be used to stimulate creativity, whereas pastel tones are ideal for creating a serene space and neutral shades are perfect to compliment bright colours.

Dahlia flower made up of all the different colours of the colour spectrum from orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, red and pink

Think about the mood you want to create when choosing your paint colour

To find out more have a read of this article by the London Image Institute: https://londonimageinstitute.com/how-to-empower-yourself-with-color-psychology/

Use accent colours:
Accent colours are a great way to add some personality and flair and this can be done in a couple of different ways.

Adding a single feature wall using a bold accent alongside a room that’s painted in a neutral tone can be really effective; or you can be very clever with your furniture choices.

Pale pink plastic chair up against a brighter pink painted wall

Consider bright accents

Choosing furniture in a bright accent to compliment a more neutral painted room, or a piece of artwork showing your favourite colour is a great way to add some interest without going all out; especially if you’re not quite ready to apply colour to a wall just yet!

Think about the orientation of your room:
Warm colours can make a North-facing room or smaller rooms feel cosier and more inviting, whereas cool colours can make a South-facing or a larger room feel more spacious and airier.

Corner of a living room painted in grey with large shadows reflecting on the wall. A grey sofa is positioned in front of the wall

Is your room North-facing or South-facing

When is the room most used?
If the room you’re painting is mainly used in the evening, it will look very different during the day, so it’s important to try out colours and review them over a period of time, usually a couple of days.
This will allow you to see how your chosen colour will vary during different times of the day and remember there will be an added difference at night when the lights are turned on and the impact that artificial lighting has on paint colour.

Living room with walnut panelled wall feature in the middle against a dark brown painted feature wall. Charles Eames chair in walnut and white leather positioned to the left and a dark grey corner sofa in velvet to the right

Think about when the room will be most used

Tried and tested:
It’s always worth getting sample pots (or wallpaper swatches) of the paint (or wallpaper) you’re looking at using and testing them out on all the walls you’re looking to use that particular colour.

As previously mentioned, colour brightness can change with the level of light available, so will look different to what you see in the shop or on the website.

A helpful tip is to select three shades of the colour that you’re interested in, as then you can see how they vary in different light conditions throughout the day.

Four Little Greene tester pots positioned on top of some wall paper swatches

Invest in tester pots before committing to your final paint colour

I have a special offer on throughout August where I’m offering 15% off my colour inspiration service which includes:

Colour inspiration board showing an inspirational image that links with the colour palette of Dark Blue, Grey Blue, Dove Grey and Canary Yellow. The inspirational image shows a dark blue wall with a green reef positioned to the centre and a bright yellow painted chair to the left.

Colour inspiration board arranged following our consultation call

If this sounds of interest contact me and book in for your colour consultation today.

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