How to choose the right home colour
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