A fresh paint job enlivens the interiors of a house and if you have a holiday home that you rent out to guests then what better time can it be than now to initiate your home painting project just before the peak season. Having said that picking the right color or a combination of colors and figuring out where best to put it and how much to use can prove perplexing.
In this article we bring some top tips to help you choose and come out with a job well done! So here goes:
1. First of all, resist the temptation to select a color first. While paint is inexpensive and can be matched to virtually any color, a wrong selection will mean that the other elements in a particular room will appear as eye-sores. So start your color search with room elements that are less flexible, such as furniture, fabrics, tiles, etc. Once done, base your paint colors around these.
2. Consider the lighting of the rooms. Because color is a reflection of light, so the kind and amount of light in a room will have a significant impact on a color scheme. The same color that might look pleasant in daylight may look dull at night in low light. Ideally daylight is considered the perfect light source because it has nearly uniform intensity over the entire visible spectrum of colors. So when you are considering a color scheme for a particular room, spend some time in the space throughout the day, taking note of how the shifting light affects it. Check the same color at night with your lamps on. Incandescent lamps emit a redder and warmer light than sunlight, while fluorescent lamps, on the other hand, generally create a bluer, cooler light. So take into account the type of lamps you have in a particular room.
3. Don’t go crazy. If you have chosen to go for multiple colors in the same room, mix hues within a particular color scheme in such a way that it doesn’t get chaotic. The thumb rule is ‘choose clean and bright, or soft and subtle.’ All experts will tell you that in cases such as these, the easiest way is to choose one dark color, one light color, and one bright color.
4. Consider the flow of the rooms. When you walk from one room to another they should not look the same, but at the same time it shouldn’t be also a drastic change in scenario. So always consider how one room will flow into the next. If you don’t know how to go about it, for an easy palette, use one color in different proportions in all rooms: as a wall color in one room and accent in another.
5. Color versus neutrals. Neutrals are no doubt the safest. But adding color to your walls lighten up your other elements in a room. The furniture which you can’t change every year can get a new leash of life with a fresh and unexpected color. Above that, using color can also manipulate your sense of space. A small room can seem larger with light colors; a large room will shrink with a darker shade on the walls. You can visually lower a ceiling with a dark color and raise it with a light one. So why not use them!
6. Never forget the 60-30-10 thumb rule. This means use a dominant color for 60 percent of the room, a recessive one for 30, and an accent for 10. You can use this in your entire house by using the same three colors but varying which ones play the lead and supporting roles.
7. One wall magic: If you are not in the mood to repaint the entire house or you are short of funds, painting just one wall a different shade of the room’s color, or even a different color entirely, will add some visual interest to the space. Having said that, follow some rules and don’t just choose any wall. First, use a darker color than the other three walls and match the other two shades. Second, paint the entire wall. Third, stay away from walls with windows unless it is a long wall with a little space devoted to a window. Fourth, since the wall you choose to contrast will be the one where your eyes are drawn first, it should showcase whatever is the main part of that room or a design aspect you like. Fifth, make sure the curtains or pillows or something at least in the room matches the contrast color.
Hope the article gives you a fair idea from where to start when you begin on your repainting project. Want more tips? Then read our highly appreciated article on ‘How to get Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Van Gogh to be your Interior Designers.’