How to choose the right home colour

Lesotho Times - - Property -

PAINT­ING is a quick and cheap way to give an old room a breath of fresh air or to make your house more sell­able if you are putting it on the mar­ket. Find out all you have ever wanted to know about se­lect­ing paint.

Which paint should you choose?

Paint comes in a va­ri­ety of sheens as well as in ei­ther oil or la­tex. La­tex paint is the most com­monly and pre­ferred paint type to use be­cause of its ease of clean up and long last­ing dura­bil­ity. It also tends to be more fade resistant and breathes bet­ter than oil, re­sult­ing in less blis­ter­ing of the paint. We rec­om­mend us­ing a la­tex paint for most of your walls and house­hold uses. How­ever, oil-based paint is great for prim­ing real wood mold­ings and trim as it tends to seal stains and knots from the wood bet­ter than a la­tex paint wood.

Which sheen should I se­lect?

The glossier the paint, the eas­ier it is to clean up. If you have small chil­dren and the room you are paint­ing has high traf­fic, like in a play­room, or tends to get grease on the wall such as in a kitchen, opt for high gloss sheen as you can eas­ily wipe the wall down with a damp sponge.

Semi-gloss would also be a good choice for kitchens and baths as well as trim pro­vid­ing you with ease of wash-abil­ity and less shine than the gloss. Satin sheens have a satiny smooth fin­ish to them and could also be used in kitchens, baths and hall­ways. This may be a good choice if you re­ally want some gloss and paint that can clean eas­ily with­out the shine of a gloss.

Which colour should I choose?

If you are in the process of sell­ing your house, we rec­om­mend a white or off-white colour as the choice for walls. This will al­low the buyer to eas­ily cover the wall with their choice of colour and will give your rooms a brighter and clean ap­pear­ance.

How­ever, you should take full ad­van­tage of the hun­dreds of paint selections and brochures at your lo­cal paint store as well as talk to a sales­per­son about the var­i­ous colour schemes for the look you want. You can change the feel of any room in your house with a lit­tle plan­ning and some colour, vary­ing the shades for a cer­tain look or feel.

A good rule of thumb is to re­mem­ber the colour wheel. We all learned about the pri­mary colours in school - red, yel­low and blue. Th­ese are on the colour wheel at 12:00, 4:00 and 8:00 re­spec­tively. Com­bin­ing any of th­ese will give you a sec­ondary colour (i.e. pur­ple, orange). Colours near each other on the colour wheel such as blue and pur­ple are anal­o­gous to each other and will al­low one colour to stand out more.

Colours op­po­site each other on the colour wheel such as green and red are com­ple­men­tary to one another and will nicely play off each other. Stay­ing within the same shade of colour (i.e. greens) will give you a sub­tle and sooth­ing look. Paint­ing with cool colours such as blues, greens and pur­ples makes small rooms ap­pear larger and more airy while colours such as reds, yel­lows and or­anges will give a room a more vi­brant ap­pear­ance.

You can vary the warmth even with a red or yel­low by choos­ing muted shades of those colours such as pink, peach or a but­tery yel­low. Warm colours have cool ones as their com­ple­men­tary colours while cool colours have warm com­ple­ments. Shades are ei­ther pure or vi­brant, muted (which are less in­tense than their vi­brant coun­ter­parts) or shaded (the darker colours in the same colour-scheme).

Sub­tle and sooth­ing look

You can choose to stay within the same shade and use a monochro­matic ap­proach such as se­lect a va­ri­ety of shades of blue for sub­tle colour that tends to be sooth­ing. This tends to look good in a bath­room or a bed­room if you want the feel­ing of calm. Just choose your favourite colour and over­lap the shades.

For ex­am­ple, se­lect a darker colour for the wall and then another in same colour scheme but dif­fer­ent shade and slightly lighter for the trim. Your cur­tains, tow­els or bed­ding as well as ac­ces­sories such as can­dles can be vary­ing shades within the same scheme. You can also layer the colours by se­lect­ing a lighter green as the basecoat and then do a faux paint with a darker green over­lay.

Light colour choices such as blues, laven­ders, pinks and soft yel­lows are great choices for a ro­man­tic feel­ing of tran­quil­lity and rest­ful­ness in a room. If you are look­ing for a calm am­bi­ence in your bed­room, choose lighter shades of ei­ther cool or warm colours. Use dif­fer­ent tex­tures in your bed­ding and ac­ces­sories to make the room even more ap­peal­ing.

Don’t hold to the old rule of one shade and one tex­ture. You will be pleas­antly sur­prised at the ef­fects just chang­ing tex­tures and colours can have on a room.

Colours such as sage can turn a kitchen quickly into one of com­fort and shades of but­tery yel­lows in a kitchen will lend to that feel­ing baked good­ies brings. Shades of pow­dery blue also tend to yield feel­ings of tran­quil­lity. — www.diynet­work.com

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