paint feature

Chances are if you are reading every magazine or watching many home makeover shows it can be confusing when you try to pick the right colour for your room.

For the most part it appears that anything goes, and that can be the case if you are talented enough to co-ordinate a room.   Unfortunately,  not everyone is gifted in this area and for those of you that aren’t I have the following suggestions:

Stick to neutral colours…if you really want to add a vibrant colour do so with accessories rather than paint.  In the long run it is a better choice as you will have more flexibility and can always add colour with accessories.

neutral walls

Paint colour options are endless.  If you are a wiz at mixing colours this is where you can get really creative.  I tend to blend my own colour combination when I can’t find the exact colour I need.  This is something you may need to ask for help with at your local store since it’s a bit more complex than choosing one off the shelf.

Another option is is to use a complementary color scheme. Proving the rule that opposites attract, these pairings can always be found at opposite ends from each other on a paint color wheel.

colour -Wheel

When put together, they bring out the best in each other, making both colors look cleaner and brighter than if either were mixed with, say, a neutral gray or a different shade of the same hue. 

The color wheel was constructed to help you see the relationships between different hues. The bases are three primary colors: red, blue and yellow. These are then combined to make the three secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. Finally, the remaining six colors on the wheel are known as tertiary colors and are mixes of the secondary colors, including such hues as red-orange and blue-green. 

Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel can help you understand how to best mix and match a cool color with a warm one, for a naturally balanced room. Here are some examples of how to use these color pairings effectively…

Paint molding or doorways just one step lighter or darker than the primary wall. It’s a subtle shift in color but it really brings your eye to the details in the room.  Painting a metallic glaze right on top of an existing painted element, like a ceiling medallion, is another way to draw attention. A copper or bronze finish is very translucent and it gives a nice shimmer that enhances the architectural feature.

moulding shade
For a bolder approach, try using two different colors in the same room. For example, paint inside a bookcase or niche a shade of orange while leaving the outer edges blue, which will highlight the items on the bookcase or inside the recessed area. Of course, architectural elements can also provide continuity throughout a house if they are painted the same color in every room.

bookcase w paint