Confidence with Colour

With Spring on the way, now is a good time of year to start thinking about redecorating. For some, freshening up the home with a new lick of paint is a breeze, but for others it can be a very daunting prospect. With plenty of choice available, finding the right colour should be simple, but selecting that perfect shade can often be a challenge. Read on for some top tips to help you make confident decisions that will leave you wondering why you didn’t redecorate sooner.

Creative Inspiration

Knowing where to start is often the hardest part. There are a number places to find advice and information about decorating so do your research first. Try a wonderful book such as Abigail Ahern’s ‘Colour’, visual prompts such as Pinterest or flick through key interiors magazines like ‘Living Etc’ or ‘Homes and Gardens’ for ideas and inspiration. You might like to start collating images of looks and colours that appeal to you to help you work out what sort of scheme to go for.

abigail-ahern-colour

The Bigger Picture

Start by thinking about the overall look you want to achieve. If you have a colour scheme in mind for a particular room, it’s usually worth trusting your instincts. If you’re particularly drawn to shades of pink or you’ve always fancied incorporating hues of blue in to your scheme, this suggests these are colours you’d prefer to live with. Incorporate colours that lift your mood – whether it’s bold and beautiful brights that make you smile, or soothing shades that make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Also consider the flow of space in the house and the colours you are moving to and from as this can often help with narrowing down choices.

Try before you buy

Utilising colour charts and paint guides is a great way to continue your search for the perfect hue, but you should also make sure you’re happy with the colour when it’s applied to your chosen wall. Off-whites can be particularly difficult to judge until you see them in your own home, so always get yourself a tester pot. Lighting is an important factor. Don’t forget that the light in your room changes throughout the day, so be sure to check the colour at different times. Also, consider how the colour will look against any architectural features and furniture in your space.

Farrow and Ball Paint Chart

What Lies Beneath

If you’re covering a dark wall with a pale shade consider using undercoat before you apply your chosen colour. Undercoat will completely cover the previous shade and ensure you get a beautiful covering of the new one.

Consider Furniture

There are some wonderful chalk paints available for coating furniture so don’t limit your decorating projects to walls and skirting only. Consider upscaling piece, particularly if you want to create a rustic or shabby chic feel in your home. It’s no secret that we are big fans of Annie Sloan paints here at G Plan, there is a gorgeous array of colours available to totally transform your furniture.

Annie Sloan Paint Colours

Finally, after you’ve made your decisions and purchased the paint, it’s time to set aside a day or weekend (depending on the size of the job) and get to work. With any luck, you’ll enjoy the process as much as the finished project and you’ll soon be planning a transformation for another room…

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