Painting your walls can both be a very fun task but at the same time can become very daunting. Especially when deciding on what colour to paint with and possibly even what design your wall can and should have.
There two ways you can go with: choose the perfect colour for your home and/or choose a two-tone combination that will really give a breath of life whenever you go home after a day’s work; or you can do feature walls—they are walls with a specific design or art drawn and painted on it.
It’s not called a feature wall by chance. As soon as you are done painting it, THAT will be the new feature of your room. So forget about your expensive sofa, your fancy new lighting. Are you ready to make them the second most important things in the room?
Do note that not every room should have a feature wall, well you can, but having too many feature walls will lessen the importance and novelty of each individual feature wall.
A feature wall is bigger than all the other pieces in a room. One thing that you have to remember is to not be afraid in what you can do. Experiment! The most important thing is that it captures anyone’s attention the moment they first step in the room.
Choosing the Right Colour
It can become overwhelming when you start considering the possibilities. Don’t fret as we will give you some things to consider to help make you the better choice
Learn the Colour Terms
It will help you a lot in your decision making to familiarize yourself with the terms used to describe colour:
- Saturation refers to how dominant the hue is. As we go from red to pink, the red hue becomes less dominant.
- Hue is what we call a colour. Yellow is the hue; blue is the hue.
- The value of the hue is how light or dark it is.
- Intensity is the brilliance of the colour. The pure colours such as red are more intense than the combined colours such as yellow-green. A stronger intense colour usually has a more dominant hue.
Knowing these terms will help you significantly in choosing the right colour for you.
Think About Your Mood
When selecting a colour, consider the mood of a room.
In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colours and neutrals will help create a quieter feeling while stronger colours will add drama to the entire mood and feel of the room.
Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warm, contrasting and somewhat brighter colours will complement to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal atmosphere.
Do you want kid’s rooms to create an active and exciting energy or an orderly and restful feeling? Be careful not to overstimulate your children with intensely bright hues. You may not be aware of it, but your kids may and will have a hard time resting. Make sure to balance those things out.
Pay Attention to Lighting
This is the reason why paint stores have light boxes for you to test paint chips:
- Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.
- Natural daylight shows the truest colour;
- Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows;
So, a strong colour might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.
In the end, make sure you know what you want, imagine what you want and then just go for it!