Colour Selection

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Before selecting colours for your decoration, you first need to ask yourself these key questions as they will probably help to guide you in the right direction;

– Do you like a variety of colours or subtle tones?

– Are you uplifted by a bright colour scheme?

– Are you inspired by natural colours?

– Does a neutral colour feel dull or serene?

– Do dark colours make you feel claustrophobic?

Once you have decided which themes you prefer, you can now begin the paint selection process. In your evaluation, consider which paint finish might be most suitable for your overall appearance. Matt or flat finishes will conceal surface imperfections, but gloss finishes will reflect more light.

What Colour Is Best?

Red – is the true colour of passion and its intensity demands attention which ever it is used in. Quite often, individuals incorporate red colours to make a statement and to encourage movement. Stronger, rich tones of red also absorb light and make a room look smaller, while lighter tones of red will create a warm and cosy feel.

Orange – brings a sense of friendliness and is a favourite with outgoing personalities and the young at heart. Orange tones blend well with gold and green schemes, while softer shades are perfect for creating a quieter atmosphere whilst maintaining a natural warmth.

Yellow – is a naturally positive and uplifting colour. It provides a room with a warm, sunny appearance and also creates a feeling of being in a light, bright space. This colour is regularly used in areas where you spend a lot of time, as it will help individuals to keep active and maintain a positive outlook.

Green – is a tranquil and restorative colour. Its close connection to nature helps to relax as well as refresh, cleansing your heart and mind. It can be used to cool down a hot room, but is best suited in a space with natural light, as some shades can make a dark room appear cold.

Blue – cool blue soothes, allowing the mind space to reflect and relax. Pale tones are ideal for creating tranquility, deep blues are relaxing, while strong blue tones encourage clear thought and communication.

White – conveys purity and innocence, but not all white colours are the same. Bright whites are clean, pristine and spotless. Crisp whites are sophisticated and elegant, while warm whites are comfortable and help create a cosy atmosphere. Trying to find the perfect white can be a challenge. Beiges and off-whites have subtle colour, so it is important to compare colour to your fabrics, furniture, wallcoverings and flooring to determine if a warmer pinkish, yellow-toned white or a cooler, bluer white is best for your room.

The colour of wet paint often looks different when dry. Therefore, do not panic when you first see the paint applied to the surface – allow it to dry, then check it with fabric, tiles, carpet etc to decide if it looks right. The colour may also seem misleading in an empty room. Bring in a few elements (a chair, painting, window dressing etc) to see how they all work together.

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