From renovating houses for so many years I’ve painted a few (or a few hundred) walls in my time, and I also spent quite a few years refurbishing furniture – I guess you could say that I know a little bit about paint, so I thought I’d share some of my tips for when it comes to painting your home interior.
There are so many colours in the world and I know some people like to have super colourful homes and some peeps, not so many. No matter what side of the fence you be sitting, you can’t be going crazy with colours. The decor police will find you and shun you.
Here Are My Tips
1.Too Many Colours
Don’t use too many colours! It’s fantastic to use colours other than white on the walls, don’t get me wrong, but don’t use every colour in the rainbow. Save the bright colours and pops of colour for your decor, not your walls
This isn’t to say don’t use colour. Please do! Just don’t choose the neon colours of the spectrum. You’ll thank me. Not only are these colours not conducive to rest and relaxation, but again leave those neon’s for your decor
3.Buy Yourself in Paint
What? Make sure you pick colours that reflect who you are as a person. Don’t go buying orange when you really wouldn’t wear it, or drive an orange car. Buy colours that you love, not colours that are on trend at the moment – a colour you could live with for at least 5-10 years
4. Come Up with a Complete Colour Scheme
Don’t go out and buy that one colour you love and want the walls to be without having all the other colours for your room picked out, such as the trim, ceiling, your rugs, your furniture, etc.
Just because you love it doesn’t mean it’s going to work in the bigger picture.
Try to get largish samples of all your colours and materials and put them next to each other, like a moodboard
5. Choose the correct sheen
Matte and flat finishes hide wall imperfections, but glossier finishes will reflect more light. For large areas like walls, matte and flat paint works best, use a gloss finish for your trims and possibly doors. There are loads of great flat and matte paints out there now that are easily washable
6. Buy Small Amounts At First
When you have settled on a few choices, buy a few small amounts, in a sample pot, of each colour that’s in the running. Paint small squares (about 50cm x 50cm) on the wall in the room you are painting. Or if you can get some white canvases (you can normally pick these up for cheap at a two dollar shop), and hang them up on each wall. Let it stay there a few days. This way you get to see it at different times of the day and at night.
Share this with your colour challenged friends – They’ll be happy you did.
For more advice on painting and other decorating advice, take a look at a post I did a little while ago ‘Four Common Decorating Mistakes to Avoid’