Fear getting it horribly wrong when it comes to choosing the right paint for your walls? Take the fear out of guessing with expert tips from interior designer Shaynna Blaze.
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 paint colours available. Australia is a nation known for our vibrant and colourful culture, and yet many are wary of using colour in our homes because of the fear of getting it wrong. Follow my tips for selecting the right hue for your home.
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. It’s no secret that Australians love using neutral colours throughout their homes. Neutrals are great because the subtle undertones in the colour means it will take on a different look depending on the light and time of day. But colour is the best way to add mood and atmosphere to any interior space. The key to using colour is to get the base tone right and build your colour scheme from there.
Get the base right
A colour with a crisp white or grey base gives strength and energy to a room as well as bringing a sense of style. Layering your room with blues or greens will add feeling of joy and bring a room to life.
Walls in Taubmans Endure Mohawk Blue
Give a modern twist
If you have a heritage home you’ll want to reflect this with a more traditional colour scheme but it’s always important to add a modern twist. Keep colours within the same tonal range to give your home continuity.
Walls in Taubmans Endure Phantom Love
Bold colours are definitely nothing to shy away from. Use them to highlight areas of your home that you want to stand out or that could be considered boring like a stairwell or archway. Bold colours work best in larger rooms like lounge rooms as typically these receive more light therefore the bright colour won’t feel so dominating. If you’re worried about bold colour choices being too overwhelming for guests, use them in a bedroom. This will always be a room where you can experiment with colour and choose whatever hue you want.
Walls in Taubmans Endure Peacock Green
Walls in Taubmans Endure Teal Goddess
Selecting the perfect colour palette for your home is a process. I always suggest getting three colours or less and testing them on an A4 card rather than just straight on the wall. This is so you can move the card to different walls in the room and test how it looks in the room depending on where it is positioned. Before making your decision, live with it for a week to see how the mood of the paint changes in different light. Once you’re happy with your short list of colours, paint two at a time on your wall and leave them for a week, so you can get used to the colour to see if it sits well in the space. Then play the yes/no game to decide your final colour – only ever do this with two colours at a time, otherwise you’ll end up complicating the process.
Painting with a new colour scheme is a cheap and cheerful way to give your interior look a breath of fresh air. Embracing colour may seem like a leap into the unknown, but by understanding how colour works, you can feel more confident in selecting the right hue for your space.
For more tips on using colour in your home, go to www.taubmans.com.au