5 mistakes people make when choosing paint colours

5 mistakes that people make when choosing paint colours

Painting your home is one of the easiest things you can do to completely upgrade the look of your home. However, choosing the right paint colour is not always the easiest thing! When it comes to colours, your options are virtually limitless. There’s a vast array of colour schemes, shades, tones and types, but which is right for your home? Read on for advice from an interior painter in Calgary.

1.  Going to bright with your paint colour choice.

You might love the bright blue accent pillow you have in your bedroom, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for the wall. Bright, saturated colours can look very strong as a wall colour. They can make a room feel crammed or even give you anxiety!

Bright wall colours can affect your mood. For example, a bright red wall can increase your adrenaline and make it hard to relax. Therefore, red bedrooms walls are usually not a good idea. Choose something less stimulating for rooms you want to relax in. We’ll discuss how colours affect your mood later in this article.

Bright and bold colours are also a big mistake if you plan on selling your home anytime soon. You might love your bright orange bathroom, but the majority of buyers won’t have the same unique taste you have. Bright, bold colours are also more difficult to paint over, which is another turn off for buyers. If you want to sell your home, choose the neutral light tones that appeal to the masses.

2.  Not having good flow from one room to another.

You want your home’s design to flow well from one room into the next. Transitioning from a sunny yellow bedroom into a bright pink hallway could make the home feel disjointed. You want the colours to transition well. This doesn’t mean you have to paint every room the same colour, just be wise with your colour transitions.

If you need help doing this, enlist the help of an interior painter Calgary or even an interior designer. They can create a colour guide for your entire home renovation project and help you choose from your favourite colours, room to room.

If your home has an option floor plan, having good colour flow is even more important. Choose one main colour, and then make sure all the colours branching off that colour has good flow. New Look Cabinets & Interiors can help you choose colour groups that are in the same colour family. This allows you to have different colours, but within the same warm or cool palette.

You should also pay attention to sightlines. If you can see into the next room, and see both room colours, will they look okay together? Having different colour schemes within the same sightline can make your home feel choppy.

3.  Choosing the paint colour at the beginning of the renovation.

If you’re doing a whole house remodel, you don’t want to choose the wall colour first. Choose your favourite flooring, countertops, cabinets, wall tile and textiles in the room first. Then when you can see all those things in the room, choose a paint colour that will compliment them the most. Wall colour is something you can change easily. Trying to find finishings like flooring, cabinets and tile to match a selected paint colour can be challenging and time-consuming.

So, first things first, make a design plan for the entire room. Then ask an interior painter in Calgary to help you select a paint that supports the entire design plan and everything in the space. You can get ideas from hues in the floor, furniture or fabrics in the room.

4.  Not considering home design trends.

The internet has made home design ideas and inspiration so accessible. If you’re not even sure where to start, get online and start looking up what is trending. You might find colours you have never even considered. This article shares some good idea for top paint colour trends in 2019. Soft, pastels are making a comeback. Bold designs like mustard yellow walls and geometric paint styles are also trending for 2019.

Not sure what paint colours are out of date? Lilac purple, mint green, fiery red and blush pink are a few. You might also notice that grey is becoming overexposed in homes these days. Look over any real estate listing site and you’ll see that most homes are grey on grey. While it’s a popular choice, you might get sick of it. If you want to sell your house, buyers might be interested to see something non-grey too.

It’s a good idea to look at what’s popular these days, so you don’t end up dating your house with an old-fashioned paint colour. That said, you want to be careful not to go so on-trend that your house will go out of date with the quickly passing fashion. If you can picture yourself living in it, and plan on staying in your house for a long time, go for it! If you think you might sell soon, stick with popular neutral colours, and leave the jazzy and bold paint colours alone this time around.

5.  Forgetting that colour affects the way you feel.

You might love a certain colour, but have you considered how it can make you feel? Yes, colours can stimulate mood and feelings. As mentioned, a bold red colour is very stimulating and produces a high-energy response. That’s why red is best left out of the bedroom but can be okay in areas in the house that are used for socializing or entertainment.

Blue is a calming colour. It makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. If you want a room to lounge in, choose a warm blue. Yellow can literally brighten your mood. It makes us feel cheerful, which is why yellow is often found in the kitchen.

White walls can make your home feel light, airy and open. It gives you a happy medium feeling but can make a small home feel more spacious. White also feels clean. Green can reduce stress and make you feel productive. It’s a good choice for a home office. It also gives us a natural feeling, so if you love nature, you will like a green wall colour.

Where do you start?

If you need to choose a paint colour, the best place to start is by contacting New Look Cabinets and Interiors. As an experienced, skilled and knowledgeable interior painter, Calgary homeowners can rest assured knowing their paint job will have the best results. Plus, we’re pretty good and picking paint colours too!

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