It’s time to go outside mundane white walls. While we put so much thought and effort in decorating our houses with furniture, we could also alter the wall paints for a more mesmerizing and artistic approach.
The right wall colours can make one feel safe and calm. A combination of loud, bizarre colours will make us feel irritated. We don’t want that for sure! So how do we choose the perfect colour for the walls? Well, our palette-perfecting tips explain the color rules that designers follow and make it a snap to put them to work in your home:
White Is Okay, Sometimes!
If you've got patterned upholstery, a colorful rug or large piece of artwork, pluck colors you like from the pattern. For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern's whites and beiges.
Decorate From Dark To Light, Vertically
A real "cookbook" way to make any space look good without much risk is to use darker color values for the floor, medium color values for the walls and light values for the ceiling. Any interior space replicates the outside world. The exterior environment is generally darker below our feet (the earth itself), medium-valued as you look straight ahead (buildings/trees) and lighter skyward.
Start With Formal Areas Of The House
This specifically refers to the living room, dining room and entry way. Choose a color scheme for those areas first and then pull one color from the scheme. For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.
It’s essential that the correct lights are used to enhance the warmness of the colour. Yellow lights go best with darker shades of warm colours. White lights go best with lighter shades of warm colours. Cool colours are inspired by the sea, grass and sky, and lend serenity to any room. They are best suited for: bedrooms, living rooms, hospitals and clinics. The right lighting can enhance the soothing effect that cool colours have. Abundant natural light retains the freshness of cool colours. White lights, especially in the evening, bring out the different shades of cool colours.
Finally, you can't really go wrong with eggshell finish on your walls. Sometimes called satin finish, eggshell has slightly more luster than a flat finish, but you won't be left with shiny walls. It also resists stains better than flat and can be wiped with a wet rag.