Colour, colour, colour. It can transform a room and lift your mood in an instant. And painting in colour is highly fashionable. We list a few tips on choosing and combining colours:
There’s nothing as inspiring as an existing space that makes you go YES! There are literally thousands of online images to browse to open your eyes to new possibilities (Google Images and Pinterest are fantastic sources). Once you find an idea you love, you can think about personalising and executing it.
Play with combinations
Of course using the right colour combinations is important. You’ll be surprised at which colours go together but there’s also the danger of clashes. Fortunately, some major paint manufacturers predevelop an annual collection of palettes or colour schemes that let you combine effortlessly within each palette. Visit some of our supplier palettes to be trendy, safe and conveniently supplied with existing product names and codes:
One of Plascon’s 2019 colour palettes.
If you need more freedom to express yourself, coolors.co is a brilliant tool. Every time you hit space bar on your keyboard, it kicks out a palette of five colours that go together well. You can lock your favourite and/or base colour and request different palettes built around it. You can also drag and reorder the colours to see how they will display next to each other, select alternative shades and make slight adjustments to each colour – all while staying within perfectly safe aesthetic perimeters. Note, however, that you will still need to search for the corresponding colours from your chosen paint manufacturer.
Furniture and flooring
Remember that existing furniture and flooring is as much a part of your overall colour scheme as the new paint will be. If you can’t replace your blue four-seater couch, select a palette that includes the same blue. Furthermore, several apps are available that let you recolour wall sections on actual pictures of your existing interior.
A great example of how furniture is automatically part of the colour scheme.
Light furniture will make paint appear lighter.
The right ratio
The so-called 60-30-10 rule is a useful guideline for amateurs and states that you can cover about 60% of your room in the base colour, which will typically be neutral. Use a second, darker or richer colour for a focus area of about 30%. The remaining 10% can be covered in a brighter pop colour. To use one of the above palettes as example: If “Silver Chalice” is your base, use “Old Lavender” for the focus area and “Bittersweet Shimmer” as final accent.
Note how the appearance of the paint differs depending on the light.
The overall appearance
Various factors will influence the appearance of the colour you select. Although paint itself is always the exact colour of the sample card, an abundance of light will make a wall colour appear lighter, for instance, while few or small windows will make the wall paint seem darker. Likewise, dark furniture and carpeting will create the illusion of a darker paint and vice versa. Artificial light can have a significant influence at night and can create a colour that’s altogether different. The degree of sheen will also influence reflectivity – the higher the sheen, the lighter the appearance. It is advisable to paint a test strip and watch its appearance change throughout the day, before you paint the entire room.
Mood and effect
You will likely opt for your favourite colours but remember that colours have different effects and influence human mood. Light tints can make small spaces appear bigger while dark shades can bring coziness to large spaces. Blues, purples and greens are typically calming while yellows, oranges and reds are typically energizing. However, blues that are too light can appear cold, too much yellow can cause irritability, too much white can look sterile and intense red can raise blood pressure, to name but a few. When in doubt, do some research and try out a visualizing app.
Four different palettes on coolors.co, all built around the same colour: Old Lavender, far right.
When you go online, keep in mind that screen settings differ and that digital display may differ from the true colour. It is therefore important to get your hands on an actual sample card and – better yet – a paint sample to test on the wall itself.
As always, nothing beats the input of an expert in-store salesperson to advise you on availability of colours and products.
AAA Paint can be visited at 43 Porter Street, Worcester or phoned on 023 347 3987.