Despite the vast catalogue of colours available, many people are still painting their walls white. Shaynna Blaze, Taubmans Brand Ambassador and Colour Creative Director, shares her tips on selecting the best colour palette for your home.
I’ve been helping Australians decorate their homes for over 20 years and I’m still surprised at how many people paint their walls white, despite the vast catalogue of colours available. Australia is a nation known for our vibrant and colourful culture yet many are wary of using colour in our homes for the fear of getting it wrong.
The first step to taking the plunge into the pool of colour is to feel confident in your selection. Painting is a quick, easy and cost-effective way of updating a room and you can inject a bit of personality into your space with the right hue. Selecting a colour can be a daunting task if you’re doing it for the first time, but, by following some simple rules of colour, you can demystify the process and choose one you’ll love.
Keep it balanced
When painting you should always keep in mind the 60/30/10 rule. Divide your room into 60 percent of a dominant colour, 30 percent of a secondary colour and 10 percent of an accent colour. This will ensure your room always has a balanced look no matter what paint colour you choose.
An important consideration when you’re creating your room’s palette is how colours look when paired together. Analogous colours – colours situated next to one another on the colour wheel – like blue and green, are a great option for those looking to ease into a colourful scheme. If you’re more daring, consider a complementary colour scheme – colours that are opposite one another on the colour wheel – like blue and orange as these colours pop against each other to form a vibrant palette.
Bright colours - when to use
Embrace bright colours to create the illusion of space in your home. To get this look right, it’s important to mirror the colour of your walls in your flooring. This makes the room feel like one, big open space.
Warm versus cool colours
Another rule to remember is that cool colours appear to recede, whereas warm colours seem to come towards you. To make a space seem bigger, use a cool colour like a pastel green or blue on the walls, but to make a large room feel cosier, use a warm colour. You can also warm up or cool down a room with colour. Reds, oranges and yellows traditionally create a feeling of warmth whereas cool colour schemes create a fresher, cleaner colour palette.
Embracing colour may seem like a leap into the unknown, but by understanding how colour works and following just a few simple colour rules, you can feel more confident in selecting the right hue for your space.
After you’ve identified a few colour options, you can see what it looks like in the space with the Paint Your Own Room tool. Simply upload a picture of the room and digitally paint the room in the hue. Visualising your room with the new wall colour will help you feel confident that you’ve chosen the right one for the space.
For more tips on using colour in your home, download Shaynna Blaze’s 10 Commandments of Colour and try out the Paint Your Own Room tool via www.taubmans.com.au