4 tips for choosing colour for your home

These days there are so many colours and colour combinations to choose from that it can be very difficult to choose the right colours and shades for various rooms in your home. In other words you’re spoilt for choice but that can make choosing what suits you and those around you more difficult.
The circumstances may be that you have moved into a new home and want to put your own individual stamp on it, rather than living in someone else’s colour shadows as it were. Or it may be that you have built a new extension to your home and want to decorate that, or simply you want to give one or more rooms a re-fresh. All these are valid reasons to dip your toe into the world of new colours for your home.
But there are some rules, or perhaps guidelines, that may help you not make a faux pas and have to start again with redecorating. You should take into account the architecture of a room, the size, what furniture must be in the room, and the natural light situation; arguably the most important because colours will change their appearance depending on the source of illumination.
The first thing to get a grip of is…you! You may have favourite colours and colours you don’t care for. Make a mood chart of the colours you like. It may be that you like some colours for some things. Such as bright red for your car. But do you want your bedroom to have bright red walls?
Next consider what type of home you have. Is it an “oldy-worldy” cottage type home? Is it Victorian or Edwardian? Is it 1930’s? Is it modern? Many paint companies have ranges of paints that go well with certain periods of property. I live in a Victorian house and have found a company that provides paints that are replications of the colours that were used in Victorian homes when they were first built. How do they know what colours were used when there was no colour photography then? Because there were paintings of internal Victorian house scenes where you can see what colours were favoured at the time.
Consider how natural light affects each of your rooms during a whole day. Do you get orange evening glows in one room, bright morning light in another? Colours appear different in different shades of natural light that change throughout the day. Greens can really come to life when seem with evening orange sunlight on them.
Finally, and I can’t emphasise this too much; try before you buy!!
Get some mini paint pots and test a variety of colours in the room you plan to decorate. A colour on a paint colour chart can look great, but when applied to a wall or skirting board can appear different. If you have a room which gets little or no natural light, then go for white or bright light colours. Some colours such as light khaki and mushroom can just appear dirty and disappointing in a room with little natural light. Get a second opinion, especially if you are sharing your home with others. It will make for conflict if you like a colour and everyone else loathes it!