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By: Bidmyreno Admin | Feb 16, 2016

Home Interior Interior Design Renovation


How to Choose a Paint Colour That Creates the Right Mood for Your Room

We all know the cheapest and easiest way to update a space is to treat our walls to a fresh coat of paint. If the colour is chosen correctly, the result can be an inspiring and inviting transformation to your space. Why is it that paint colour itself can have such an impact on the overall feeling in a room?

Source: Behr

The reason is, colour can change our mood and perception of a space. Just by painting a room, the wall colour can energize or calm us, and warm up, expand, or brighten a space. This is why using paint colour in our decorating scheme is as important as the furniture we choose.  This year, the trend we see in paint is all about promoting a feeling of serenity and calm, introducing colours that invoke an escape and a feeling of peace. Yes, you guessed it, pastels are back. Colours that introduce a feeling of softness and serenity include icy blues, teals, and pale pinks and purples.


Source: Behr 


It may be easy enough to decide on the type of feeling we want in a room, but the tough part for most of us is choosing the right tone and value of the colours we’ve selected.  Also, how do we create that mood and balance it with the colours in our furniture and accessories?    




Incorporating paint colour into our current surroundings: Two Approaches

1. First Approach: Look at the accent colours in your furniture, window treatments and cushions. The colours that are combined in these fabrics are often a good indicator of what colours go well together.

  • If you are hoping to achieve a calm and airy mood in the space, choose the lightest or background colour in any patterned fabric in your furniture as a starting point. 
  • Then, pick a paint colour that is a bit lighter and “cooler” within that paint family.

2. Second Approach: Choose a colour you're attracted to.

  • Depending on the mood you want in the room, choose a lighter or darker shade. Lighter, cooler shades create a feeling of airiness and calm. Darker, more muted shades create a feeling of warmth and coziness. 
  • From here, you can chose furnishings and accessories that compliment the wall colour.
    • I find the best way to decide on furnishings and accessories once you have chosen a paint colour is to take this paint swatch to a fabric store and match it with a patterned fabric you like.The other colours in the fabric will be an excellent indicator of what your room’s colour palette should be.

If you want to stay current, head to the "latest arrivals” rack of the fabric store to see what the latest colour trends are. To create drama or a “wow factor,” choose a deep, dark colour from the fabric for one or more of your walls. This will become the accent in the room. A designer trick is to use the colours in this fabric to guide you as you choose your furniture, window treatments, and accessories. The first place to start when choosing a paint colour is to look at the accent colours in your furniture, window treatments, and cushions. The colours that are combined in these fabrics are often a good indicator of what colours go well together. 

Hopefully these few designer secrets will assist you in creating the room you envision... or one that surpasses your expectations!


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