Choosing the right or proper colours can either make or break your home living
Painting one’s home does not mean merely colouring the walls red, blue or green. Choosing paint is no mere ‘cake-walk’ or a walk-in-the-park. Selecting the wrong colour can often spell doom or disaster for the home; whether it is disrupting the home’s aura or “fengshui” (i.e. spiritual energy emanating within the home), and even downright depreciating the property price or value of the home itself. So before you take the leap and plunge your home into a ‘painting spree’ (i.e. painting blindly or in a lame fashion), it is somewhat important to keep in mind what your favourite colours are. As wise men once exclaimed, “Paint with love...”
Choosing the colour for one’s home should define you as a person. Henceforth, choose a colour that goes well with your personality. If you are a vibrant and vivacious person, choose warm & fuzzy colours. If you are a reserved and introverted person, cool & calm colours should be your colour of choice. Warm colours like red, orange, pink seem to tug at one’s heartstrings more. Therefore, if you want to make a large room visually more inviting and looking cosier, apply more “warm” paint colours. On the other hand, if you are painting a small room, use “cool” colours like greens and blues to make the room appear larger than life.
To make your room ceiling appear “low”, paint it with a couple of notches/degrees darker than the colour shade of the wall. Conversely, if the ceiling of your room is too low-lying and makes the room appear claustrophobic, paint it with a much lighter shade. Use a ‘colour wheel’ to ascertain which colours mix & match, or coordinate best with their surrounding. For optimal results, always paint your room with colours that complement one another.
Using bold textures and prints in a room painted with similar bold colours or patterns may make the room appear “claustrophobic”. Try to create a balance between colours, textures, prints, accessories, etc. If you use excessive bold accessories in the room, opt for neutral colours instead. While choosing a colour, it is always good practice to first apply paint on an unused section of a wall to test. Applying ‘test coats’ can help curb unnecessary mistakes or changes later on. Hasty decisions often lead to wasteful amounts of potentially costly paint.
As the paint dries up, the colour eventually sets to a darker tone. However, never ever test it on a white surface. Pre-test the your selected or desired paint colour near a piece of furniture, on a non-conspicuous corner or blind edge. Suppose your home is exposed to excessive rain or shine, always choose premium quality paint coatings for external building or infrastructure. On the contrary, if your room receives too little natural sunlight, use “dense” (dark) colours as well as “jeweled” (sparkling) tones. You may also want to play it safe by painting your exterior walls with neutrals shades or tones.