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How to select the right colours for your home

Hi, welcome to my first blog post.  My passion is for colour and I love helping people find a colour scheme they love, one that makes their house look and feel like a home. 

One of the things many people struggle with is finding colours that reflect the look and feel they want for their home, and then, how the heck do you put them together!

 

Well, selecting a colour scheme for your home can be a daunting task.  There are so many colours to choose from these days and what if you get it wrong?

So where do you start?

Think about what look and feel you want for your home.  Do you want a calm and relaxed atmosphere or a cosy and intimate space?  Do you like bright, bold colour or restful pastels or neutrals?  Do you want a harmonious colour scheme or are clashing colours more your thing?

A good place to start is with the fun stuff like looking through magazines or searching the internet to find pics of the style and mood you like. You may find that a glass of wine or some chocolate will make this activity even more enjoyable.

Once you have found a few pictures, make them into a moodboard or, if you are searching for your pics online, pin them to a Pinterest board.  This will help you see the colours you are drawn to and it will give you some idea for how you want your space to look.  

If you haven't created a moodboard before, click on the link below to find out how.

How to create a moodboard

Next job is to look at the existing colours in your space that you won’t be changing. Maybe you are keeping the existing flooring or you need your new colour scheme to go with your furniture. You should consider these colours and finishes when selecting any other colours in the room.

You also need to take into account the amount of natural light each room gets, the aspect, and when the room is used.

The aspect and the amount of natural light are important in selecting a colour as these will change how the colour looks in different rooms.  In a north facing room that gets lots of natural light, a cool, brighter colour tends to work better as the warm afternoon sun makes the room feel hotter, especially in summer. Cool greys and whites, blues and greens work well in these rooms.

If you have a south facing room with minimal natural light, a warmer, muted colour will make the room appear cosier in the afternoon when there is minimal natural light.  Yellow based neutrals look good in these rooms.

Now take a trip to your local paint or hardware store and select some paint samples that match the colours you liked on your moodboard.  Select the colours you are most drawn to and that match the look and feel you are after.

Once you have selected your colours from your samples, it is a good idea to buy sample pots and paint a large sample on cardboard or a board to test how the colour looks at different times of the day. This will help you to see how much the colour changes.

This is much cheaper than painting a room and then being disappointed as it doesn’t look how you imagined it would.

Hopefully by following this process you will become more confident in selecting colours for your space.

Happy decorating.

Trudi x

July 21, 2017

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