Having your home repainted is a great opportunity to breathe new life into it, giving each and every room a fresh look that can feel exciting for a long time afterwards. If you don't already have a load of ideas, however, choosing the right colours can be a difficult task.
Some people redecorate frequently, but for most people, the upheaval involved isn't worth it. You want to get the colours right first time, picking ones that will keep you happy for as long as possible and work well for you and your family. If you're stuck, follow these tips and you're sure to come up with some great colour ideas before you book painters.
Colours are normally chosen for their visual appeal, and that's definitely one of the most important things to consider when you're weighing up your options. But colour can also have an effect on the way you feel, which makes a big difference when it's surrounding you.
There's a lot of information available on the psychology of colour, and it's well worth looking into if you're stuck for ideas. For example, shades of blue are associated with relaxation, making it a good choice for bedrooms, while red is a great colour for dining areas due to its appetite-increasing properties.
Choose furnishings first
Even when you're stuck for painting ideas, there may be some pieces of furniture that catch your eye or some you already have and are planning to keep. Choosing colours that complement the colours of furniture is a good way to get started.
You could also go shopping for a new piece of art to display on the wall. This helps you by forcing colours that will complement it and may even inspire you to echo the colours in the art itself in other rooms.
Take inspiration from elsewhere
People don't always pay attention to the colours they see every day, but they can be helpful when you don't know what you want in your own home.
Look around you when you're out and about and snap pictures with your phone of colours you like. There's bound to be some inspiration somewhere.
If in doubt, go neutral
When you still can't decide on colour schemes, remember there doesn't have to be anything dull about sticking to neutral shades. They can still create a striking effect and freshen up your decor, and there are still a lot of possibilities.
With neutral walls, you can always add a bit of extra colour through furnishings and art if you do get bored, making them an adaptable option.