So many colours, yet.. the choice always seems impossible. You want to paint but want to avoid making any mistake? There is no need to panic, here is a little guide on how to choose your home paint colours.
Before we start...
The rule of 60-30-10
It is a classic decor rule that helps create a colour palette.
60%: Dominant colour.
30%: Secondary colour.
10%: Accent colour.
Colour harmony is based on the concept of a colour wheel. That wheel forms a circle in which primary colours: Red, Blue and Yellow, are equally distanced. We are gonna play with that wheel to choose the perfect paint match.
Psychology of colours
Each color has its psychological effect on us. Here's some of them.
Red: Stimulates the mind and makes emotion intensify.
Pink: Tenderness and vulnerability. Reduces anger.
Orange: Helps with the body and mind relation. Friendly color.
Brown: Familiar color: Reliability, dependability and nurturing.
Yellow: Stimulates and energize. Optimist color.
Green: Helps insomnia and reduce nervosity and anger. Related to Peace, growth and health.
Turquoise: Calm and relax after intellectual work.
Blue: Peace and tranquility. Opens the mind.
Indigo: Stimulates the intuition.
Violet: Reduce stress, phobia, fear and violence.
Magenta: Harmonize emotions.
White: Associates with neutral, balance, purity and calm.
Black: Associates with elegance, power and formality.
Tints Vs. Shades Vs. Tones
To choose a colour palette can seem complicated, but is pretty simple if follow the rules. Take a look at the following pictures. These are all 6 Colour Harmony you can choose from. Start by picking one colour that you really like, then pick the Harmony you think would work best in the room or is your favourite. I highly recommend that you borrow a colour swatch book from the paint store for this step. Once this is done, all you need to do is add the rest of the colours by picking paint, furniture or accessories. Ohh, and don't forget to apply the 90-60-30 rule!
Choose the right finish
Once you have picked all the colours you need, all that is left is to choose the finish.
Gloss: Very shiny and very durable. Shows imperfections more than Matte/Flat. (Furniture for a lacquered look)
Semi Gloss: Shiny and durable. (Furniture, Doors, Trims & Molding, Cabinets, Woodwork)
Satin: Ideal for more active rooms (Kitchen, Laundry, Bathroom, Hallways)
Eggshell: Good for any rooms, a little more washable than Matte/Flat. (Bedroom, Living Room, Dinning Room
Matte/Flat: Camouflage imperfections and difficult to clean. (Ceilings)
When choosing your colour palette, always keep in mind the psychology of colours. Colours affects our mind and body more than you can imagine! If you are choosing a different colour than the ones mentioned below, you can always find more information online or ask a professional. Hope this helps and that next time you paint your home, you'll feel more excited about the first step of choosing your colours!