When it comes to painting decorating, choosing paint color can really be a challenge. There are so many color choices, so many brands, finishes that it seems, everyone should easily pick the one that is best suited – but in reality you may end up feeling that there are so many choices you don't know where to start!
The tips below should make colour choosing decision a little easier. After all paint color will set the tone for the room and may change the overall look dramatically – improve or destroy it.
Type of paints finish. There are mainly few types of wall paint finish – glossy, semi-gloss, satin, eggshell, matt (and there may be some intermediate finishes as well): all of them refer to how the final finish reacts to the light. The glossier is the finish, the more light it reflects. Walls painted in glossy paints can easily be cleaned and no patch will be visible, while matt paints, if cleaned with a dry cloth can show – the patch becomes glossier. Matt paints are perfect for hiding any small imperfections – glossy paints will clearly show them. Our advice is to use glossier paints in darker rooms, where traffic is more intense – hallways, kitchen: will be easy to clean and will reflect a little more light. Paints used in the kitchens or bathrooms have anti-mould additives and are easy to clean. Lighter rooms, like living room, bedrooms could be painted in matt finishes.
Choosing the right color. Be patient – this the first north london painters advice when it comes to choosing color. When planning a room, it’s a great idea to collect samples of fabrics of furniture, curtains, carpet, etc. to match them with wall color – you will develop an overall room color scheme. But don’t make final choices until you try the color samples on the wall. You'll find clues about the underlying tones of different shades of a color on a full sample strip of coordinated colors. Even if you're not even considering using a darker tone, look at all the colors carefully. Decide if the family of colors is the direction you're headed with your color selection. You'll probably be happier if you select the coordinating wall paint color from the background of the fabric samples. This way you may create accents in the room brighter furniture, carpet, curtains with matching lighter color walls.
Light color walls obviously make the room lighter while at the same time making the room look more spacious and gives you many choices to decorate it with nice brighter color accessories. If you have fallen in love with some bright dark color, we advice you to use that color on one wall, painting other walls with corresponding lighter colors. The bright wall could then be decorated with some pictures or paintings and would become a nice accent for the room.
You should also remember that color shades on a sample strip look lighter than they look on the wall. So, if you like one color, the advice would be to go one tone lighter and to see it how it looks on the wall at home. Many paint manufacturers offer small quantities of paints – test samples. Get few of them, try on the wall – use it all, live with it for a few days, check it few times a day (color changes significantly in different light.) and you will see if you still like it.
It’s really worth spending time on making the final decision for paint color – after all, it’s much easier to paint just a patch of wall than the whole room. Covering the dark color with light color paints take few coats – more time and money required.