How to pick the perfect paint colour every time

Choosing a paint colour can be overwhelming. Who hasn’t spent hours in the paint aisle agonising over which shade of yellow is the right one? However, there are a few simple tips and tricks that can help make the paint selection process a whole lot easier. Here are the top five:

Paint a canvas
Paint will appear brighter once on the wall, particularly if it’s being used on all the walls of a room. Buy a sample pot and paint a large canvas, then leave it in the room for a few days. Position the canvas in different parts of the room to see how the colour reacts to different areas and times of day.

Pick a paint colour last
People often make the mistake of selecting the paint colour first, which can then make choosing items to work in the space tricky. Instead, style the room first and take your colour cues from fabrics, whether it’s from curtains, an occasional chair or accent pillows, or reference a colour from a feature artwork in the room.

Use an interactive tool
British Paints Colouriser is a colour visualisation tool that will not only help you to visualise how the end result will look on various surfaces, in different rooms and the exterior, it also suggests fail-safe colour schemes that will look good in any space. This interactive tool allows you to choose from a number of different colours and ‘virtually’ paint a model room so you can see how the different colours will look. The British Paints Colouriser can be used across mobile, tablet and desktop so you can solve your paint colour dilemmas and get some colour inspiration wherever you are. Plus, you can save, edit and print your favourite ‘colourised’ rooms. Visit British Paints to find out more or head to their instagram account for inspiring paint colour ideas.

Consider your home as a whole
When choosing a paint colour for one space it pays to consider how it will work with the rest of your home. It’s important that there is a smooth transition between one space to the next. A sharp transition in colour can interrupt the flow of your home making it feel disconnected. A general rule of thumb is to choose a colour for one room and paint the adjacent space two shades, lighter or darker, using tones from the same colour swatch.

Define the mood
Deciding on the mood or theme you would like to create in the space will help to narrow down your paint palette. Cool tones such as blues and greens are ideal for the bedroom because they create a calm and relaxing environment, while warm tones such as oranges and yellows create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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