Choosing the right paint colour for your home is trickier than you think! Painting your home is a huge undertaking, so making sure your choose the right paint colour will have a huge impact on the result!
Choosing a colour isn't a decision to take lightly as it sets a room's mood and impacts how your furniture looks. And ideally, you shouldn't need to paint your home too frequently, so making sure you choose the perfect colour will ensure you enjoy your home for years to come.
1. COMMON MISTAKE - PAINT THE CEILING THE SAME COLOUR AS THE WALLS
Just like the four walls around it, a painted ceiling can do a lot to transform a room. Considered the fifth wall by interior designers, ceilings shouldn’t just be an afterthought. In fact a ceiling can be a blank canvas for creativity and experimentation.
I feel that ceilings should differentiate from walls and painting the ceiling the same colour can be monotonous,lacking freshness or contrast for the room. A ceiling in white will help to freshen the room and add depth and interest. A black ceiling looks great in certain environments and I love art ceilings too but not for the faint hearted!
2. COMMON MISTAKE - TOO 'MATCHY-MATCHY' OR TOO SAFE
It can be tempting to just colour match a piece of fabric or create a scheme that is very monochromatic. This can result in a lifeless interior, lacking interest. If you have struggled with the headaches of trying to put a room together using color schemes, a range of textures, and décor pieces, it can be difficult to pull it all together, which is why many people love the monochromatic design theme. Not only is the finished product a simple look for a room, but it’s much easier to pull it together than traditional design techniques. One of the biggest mistakes people make with neutrals is not using enough contrast. You have to interject elements that add intense personality. Make it gutsy, or else it's boring. No matter how scared of colour you might be, it will be evident in the result if you don't step outside your comfort zone.
3. COMMON MISTAKE - LEAVING OUT PALETTE CLEANSERS
Once you fall in love with colour, it's easy to go overboard. The biggest mistake people make when they're trying to be colourful and exciting is to forget that you need to balance it with neutrals.
Architectural elements in white or simply a few neutral throws can give your eye a place to rest. It gives the scheme visual relief and helps to create balance for the space as a whole.
4. COMMON MISTAKE - LACK OF CONTINUITY THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.
You know it when you see it: The neutral living room says "relaxed, coastal chic," but then the vivid bathroom goes "1920's decadence".
Even when I don't use the same colours everywhere, I still like the rooms to feel connected. There should be a reasonable amount of continuity throughout. A bedroom should never feel like it's in a completely different house from the living room – the whole house has to make sense as one.