If you are redecorating and painting any room in your home a different colour, it can be difficult to settle on the exact colour you want. There are a lot of factors you need to take into consideration, like the lighting in your room and the furniture in it.
Here, we share our top tips on choosing the right paint colour, with every factor you’ll need to consider.
Pick up colour cards
Your first step will be to pick up some colour cards from your local Kent Blaxill branch and take them home to peruse. The good thing about these is that all the designer paint colour chips are made from the actual paint – like the Little Greene paint colour card in the image above.
Remove the colours you don’t like
Whittling down a large number of colours will take some time. The easiest way to tackle this is to first eliminate all colours you do not like and those that do not work in the room you wish to decorate.
Now that you have narrowed down your choices, select the colours that appeal to you the most – these are the colours you’ll use for comparison. If you are creating a vintage feel in your home, Farrow & Ball paint offers a range of historically accurate colours.
Head back to the store
It’s time to return to your local branch and take with you any cushions, fabric samples, flooring, etc. that you are trying to co-ordinate your paint colours with.
Pull out the brush out boards of the paint colours you like and look at these against your samples (it is so much easier to see the actual paint colours in larger pieces). This will help you narrow down your choices again. At this stage, it is advisable to purchase two or three tester pots and a roll of lining paper to test at home.
Get working with your samples
Rush home with great enthusiasm and paint out your samples onto the lining paper, not the wall. The reason for painting the sample onto paper is to enable you to look at the paint sample on all four walls. The paint will look different in full sunlight compared to a dark corner. If you’re working on a specific wall texture, it might be helpful to test the paint on a small portion.
Also look at it at different times of the day, and especially at the time of day you will use the room. For example, if it is a bedroom, look at it first thing in the morning and in the evening. If it is a dining room you use in the evening with a soft light, look at it under these conditions. The quality pigments in designer paint brands like Little Greene, Farrow & Ball and Paint Library change subtly as the natural light changes.
For outdoor settings, durability is important – opting for a brand like Tikkurila that is designed to withstand all weather conditions is recommended.
Hopefully you have now decided which colour you like the best. Congratulations! Now, either head back to your nearest Kent Blaxill to purchase your paint or buy online.
It is your home – live with the colour you love!