Choosing a paint colour for your new home

Choosing a paint colour for your new home Cheslyn Building Contractors

So your dream house is finally built and all that’s left to do is decorate and make it a home. We realise establishing whole house colour schemes may sound daunting – it can be hard enough to choose a colour scheme for one room alone, so picking one for a whole house does take a lot of thought, and commitment.  But thanks to varying hues and textures, colour has the ability to completely transform a house and choosing paint colour for your new home doesn’t have to stressful.

Create a colour scheme that matches your home

For an easy way to create a colour scheme, base your choices on an image or item you love. This could be a piece of artwork, a specific piece of furniture, or a patterned fabric that appeals to you. Pull out specific shades within the design and apply them with your decorating choices and pay attention to the proportions of each shade to recreate a similarly balanced colour scheme.

Decide on the finish

Depending on what you’re painting and the look you’re going for, each sheen looks different and durability varies. Some finishes will be easy to clean, while others will highlight every imperfection on your wall, so it’s important to know what finish and sheen to use, when and where. There are five different finish and sheen options to choose from when buying interior paint: matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss.

Create flow in open plan spaces

One simple way to create a cohesive feel is to use a consistent paint colour on the walls of connecting spaces. Particularly in homes that are open-plan, it’s best to choose one colour that’s going to serve as your main colour or your neutral. This doesn’t mean it has to be beige or white or grey. But the foyer, hallways and that main connector room should all be the same colour, because you want to have that dominant colour in your space.

Make small spaces feel bigger

Light paint colours are a tried and true way to make a room feel larger. This is because lighter paint colours reflect light, but don’t assume that light colours are your only option. A light neutral paint with the appropriate undertone will brighten and warm the room to avoid feeling like a colourless space devoid of personality. Dark colours can work in small spaces, too. While they create a dramatic, intimate feel, they also blur the edges of the walls, which helps create the illusion of a more expansive room.

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