How to Choose the Right Colour for Each Room in Your Home

Is there a right colour choice for a room? It turns out, there is! Choosing the right colour for each room in your home can help you feel happier and calmer, whereas the wrong colour can make your space seem smaller and even distract you from going about your daily life.

Thankfully, we’ve pulled together this guide that helps you choose which paint is best for each room, how to choose the right paint and how often you should be redecorating your home.

How do you choose the right paint for you?

Don’t only check paint colours in store
Before you commit to decorating a room, make sure you’re checking the paint colour in the room you’re decorating, and not just in-store. A colour card only shows so much, so make sure you’re painting the wall you want to decorate to see how the colour actually looks.

Buy from the same batch
When buying multiple pots of paint, always make sure they’re from the same batch so you’re not risking getting any difference in formula or colour.

Choose the right finish
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do when choosing a paint is ensuring you have the right finish for you – whether that’s high gloss, semi-gloss, satin, eggshell or flat. Not only is the finish important from a design perspective, but it is from a functionality point as well. Matte and eggshell finishes hide imperfections but aren’t very durable, while gloss finishes are very durable but don’t hide imperfections that well. For an all-rounder, choose satin.

Stick to your gut
Ultimately, when you’re decorating, you need to love it! You’ll see the colour day in day out, so always go with your gut if you’re stuck and choose a shade you like best – regardless of if it’s ‘trendy’ or not.

How often should you decorate?

There’s no right time to how often you should decorate, but on average you should aim for:

Living room and dining room: Every 6-7 years
If you’ve used high-quality paint, you won’t need to aim to redecorate for 6-7 years at least. But again, if the paint is in good condition and you still like the colour, leave it longer.

Kitchen and bathroom: Every 2-3 years
With your kitchen and bathroom, you should look to redecorate sooner than you would with other rooms. That’s because there’s lots of mess in these rooms, including food splatters and moisture marks.

Bedrooms: Every 5-6 years
For a master bedroom, you’ll find you won’t need to decorate as much as other rooms unless you want to change aesthetically. Bedroom walls don’t take as much wear and tear as other rooms, so you’re good to wait every 5-6 years or so before you re-decorate. For kids, this will be quicker.

Hallways and landings: Every 2-3 years
Because your hallways and landings take a lot of wear and tear through walking, dropping off bags and running around, they’re more susceptible to damage than other areas in your home. Aim for a fresh lick of paint every 2-3 years, or more if necessary.

What colour should you have in each room?

 Kitchen:
– Choose yellow to make you feel happier and calmer
– Avoid dark colours as these make your room feel smaller

 Bedroom:
– Choose navy for a sense of serenity and relaxation
– Avoid ultra-bright colours like red or orange as these will distract you from sleeping

Living room:
– Choose green for feelings of calm and relaxation
– Avoid bright reds or orange as these are too stimulating

Dining room:
– Choose orange tones as these are warm, inviting and help increase appetite
– Avoid blues as these suppress appetite

Bathroom:
– Choose light blue tones to create a spa-like, relaxing atmosphere
– Avoid dark colours as this will make the space feel smaller

 Study:
– Choose reds as these help to increase focus, alertness and concentration
– Avoid neutral tones as these can make you feel uninspired

Hallway:
– Choose neutrals to make the space look brighter
– Avoid bright reds and yellows as these are too intense for the space

If you’re in the process of redecorating to sell your current property fast, then get in touch with us.

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