Painting and decorating: Choosing the Right Colour for Each Room


Painting around the house seems simple but it’s also potentially time consuming if you’re not sure of what you’re doing, so sometimes it’s easier to call in professional painters and decorators.

Whether you’re moving into a new home, or you’re simply looking for an interior overhaul of your home, you might be surprised at how a lick of paint can bring new life and freshness to a home.

However, as much as a new paint job can improve the look and feel of your home for the better, choosing the wrong colour, though, can make your house look smaller, darker or even colder than it actually is. So, your colour choices are extremely important!

Not to worry though. If you’re looking to redecorate your home, our top tips on choosing the right paint colour will help ensure that you always pick the best shade for your room.

But do know that you’re not alone in this. We are professional painters and decorators operating in the London area and are available to help you with any paint task you’d like to take on.

Tip 1: Know Which Direction Your Room Faces –

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Just remember, if you’re looking to attach something heavier such as a large mirror or shelves that will hold other heavy things, this wall plug is not safe or strong enough.

  1. North Facing
  2. As north-facing rooms tend to have less sunlight and are shaded and cool. This means that you should avoid painting your walls a cool colour, as this will make your room feel even colder. Instead, always look for colours with a warm undertone. Which means, if you have a neutral palette, you’ll want to opt for more yellow or pink tones rather than blues or greys.

    For bolder schemes, again, yellows or pinks but in a brighter hue will work wonderfully. However, warm reds and purples will also look lovely.

  3. South Facing
  4. The opposite to north rooms, here you’ll get lots of natural light so cooler colours work better to balance out your room. So, whether you want neutral, bright or pastel shades, always look for cool undertones.

  5. East and West Facing
  6. An east room will have warmer light in the morning which will turn cooler in the afternoon, while a west room will be cooler in the morning, becoming warmer later in the day. Because of this, you can choose the same types of colours – they will just look different as the day goes on.

    Here you can either look to balance the light by using blue, green or neutrals with undertones of blue and green, or use an intense, bright colour that will be enhanced by the bright light.

Tip 2: Consider How Much Time You Spend in a Room –

While most of us choose our colours based on our natural light, if you only spend time in that room at night, it makes more sense to pick colours that look good in artificial light (and are conducive to a better sleep quality). If you use LED bulbs, these will normally make colours look colder (although you can get ‘warmer’ LEDs). Halogen bulbs will make a room and its colours feel warmer.

Tip 3: Match the Colour to the Function of the Room –

Once you’ve looked at your light level and whether colder or warmer colours will work, it’s also important to consider the room you’re decorating as this will also affect your choices. Take, for instance, you have a room that will really suit a bright orange, while this might look great in a dining room, living room or kitchen – it might be a little bright for getting to sleep in a bedroom.

If you’re still not sure about what colours to choose, ask a professional painter and decorator for ideas based on previous projects they’ve done.

Colour choice is always relative to your tastes, though. So, if you want a particular colour, just go for it regardless of what others think. After all, it’s you who is going to be living there!

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