By: Bidmyreno Admin | Feb 16, 2016
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?
The reason is, colour can change our mood and perception of a space. Just by painting a room, the wall colour can energize us, calm us, 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 such as icy blues, teals and pale purples are all on the horizon for 2015.
Source: Behr 2015
It may be easy enough to decide what type of feeling we want in the room, but the tough part for most of us is choosing the right tone and value of the colours we’ve selected. And how do we create that mood and balance it with the colours in our furniture 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. 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.
However, if you are using paint colour as a starting point, choose a colour you are attracted to, and 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 while 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 beyond what you expected!
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