Painting your home is a common exercise many people undertake, and it can be an easy way to freshen up your home without a significant price tag. Even though it seems easy, there are a number of things that make this mammoth task run a lot smoother. Making sure you have the right materials and prep for the space, is just one thing you can do to make your painting project easier and more stress free. Making sure your surface is prepared and you have the right tools for the job is the easy part, choosing the right colour scheme for your project takes a little more time. Here are the top mistakes to avoid when considering a new colour scheme.
A fresh coat of paint can really boost a home and change the ambience. One common mistake made by homeowners is picking a colour palette that does not suit the room, décor or is too strong for the room. For most DIY painters it’s a choice of colours that they either like or think will look good but often consideration for the purpose of the room is overlooked. Certain colours have different effects on the mood of room occupants and other colours and colour schemes look better in different style rooms. For example, blue is typically a calming colour and works across many different applications such as bedrooms or bathrooms. It’s also important to consider how light the room is and the furniture you have stored in it.
Too Many Colours
Too many colours in a room can make it look cluttered and unsettling. Commonly DIY painters make the mistake of using more than the general rule of thumb of three to four shades. Going overboard is understandable and there are always times when a colour palette will handle more than three to four shades, but keeping the palette simple is always the best place to start.
Creating your own colour palette is difficult, and a lot of homeowners attempt to tackle the task without success. Of course some homeowners will have a knack for matching colours and schemes together, but not everyone will and you don’t want to get to the end of your project to find your colours really don’t work. Experimenting is fine, in fact its encouraged, however it might be worth experimenting with existing palettes and only slightly changing tones. This way you shouldn’t be too far off if things do go astray. Otherwise, you can talk to a colour expert on what colour combinations will suit your space.
The colours you choose are not just for you, but for guests and future owners of the home. Using strong, bright colours without a neutral colour to tone it down, can make a room feel overwhelming and uncomfortable. You may like the idea of a super colourful room, but without the balance of neutral colours you could find your room chaotic or unsettling, which is the opposite of what most homeowners want.
There’s no reason you cannot paint your own rooms, it may however be worth speaking to a painting professional. Experienced residential painters can also provide advice on colour palettes and may be able to recommend a style of paint for your property. Irrespective, extensive research is a must if you want to be properly prepared and if you come across specific questions you need answered then a professional can certainly help with that too.
Hopefully these handy tips help you with your painting project. If you are looking to paint any area in your home or business, Adelaide Premier Painters specialise in both residential and commercial painting throughout the Adelaide area. For more info, feel free to speak to Fabs on 0413 310 698 or complete our contact form and we will be in touch shortly.