Choosing paint can be an arduous task, with seemingly endless nuances of colours. We reveal the common pitfalls and how to avoid them to ensure the perfect colour is chosen for a new decorating scheme.
1) Not trusting your instincts.
Your decor must be something you feel emotionally comfortable with, as well as looking beautiful. Get the mood wrong in a room and it will not suit your lifestyle or your personality and you will never feel truly ‘at home’. Be guided by your instincts towards the best palette to achieve the right results. Colours with a cooler undertone (lavender, sky, stone, mint, even primrose yellow with its green note) all help create a tranquil mood. Colours with a light but warm undertone (buttermilk, pale coral, azure, deep) all set an inviting, uplifting mood, whilst deep, rich shades (peacock, mulberry, olive) add drama, luxury and even a cosseting note.
2) Basing a decision on a printed swatch, brochure photo of a room or by looking at the colour label on a paint pot.
Printers inks used for imagery in catalogues (and magazines) are created from CMYK colours (blended from cyan, magenta, yellow and black) so can never be an identical colour match for authentic paint which is blended from primary shades red, green and blue (just as we learn at school).
3) Choosing a hue that looks good in a friend’s home.
Lighting has a huge impact on the way our eyes can read colour and this varies not only from home to home but from room to room, season to season and at different times of day. So a colour that suits the southern-facing, light-flooded sitting room in a friend’s home will look entirely different in a northern-facing country kitchen with bijoux windows.
4) Thinking all paints are made in the same way – and that it is only the tones differ.
Every paint brand has its own benefits but not all are created equal. Each brand will use different ratios and varieties of pigment, solvent and binder to create the final paint, and this in turn will impact on how the colour is suspended in the liquid, distributed when you paint a surface and what level of opacity and coverage it will achieve with each coat.
5) Allowing panic to set in when paint is in place and thinking you’ve made a mistake
A painted room, not yet furnished, can look stronger in hue than you imagined. But before you panic and rush to buy a pot of an alternative paint, put all furniture, rugs and curtaining back in situ to assess the finished result. The wall colour should no longer dominate (unless you have deliberately chosen a shade from drama) but rather take a secondary role in the harmonius whole.
Article post written by The English Home Magazine