Choosing The Right Colour

Finding possible paint colours:

  • Start by looking at examples of different colour schemes online.  This will help you work out what you do and don’t like.  Involve the whole family or others that are going to be using the rooms to be painted.
  • Choose a couple of colours to consider.  Often once you get the colours home and start testing them they can look completely different to how you first thought.  Don’t expect to like your first pick.
  • If you are having trouble choosing or finding colours that go with your current carpet or furniture, consider enlisting a colour consultation to help.

 

Colour consultants and experts:

  • Colour consultants are able to visit your home and help determine exactly what you are after and then how to achieve it.  There are so many paint colours and sometimes it is just too difficult to decide without help.
  • Most paint companies offer colour consultants that can visit or also have online help tools or ‘ask an expert’ option.
  • Resene have colour consultants available and also online help tools where you can ask questions and upload photo’s of you space to get help.
  • Dulux also offer a colour consultant service.

Test time:

  • Once you have a couple of colours you think would be great it’s time to test them out in the room you are planning to use them in.  Don’t even bother trying to use those tiny little paint samples that you can pick up from paint shops for free, they are just not big enough to give you an idea of how the colour will really look.
  • Buy a test pot of the colour you have chosen and paint a large piece of card that is at least A3.  Make sure you do a couple of coats to get the real look of the paint.
  • Stick the paint sample up on the wall and leave it there for a few days.  Come back and look at it at different times of the day and it different lights.  Paint can often have a completely different look in the early morning to in the evening.
  • Make sure you the the paint colour with the furniture that will be in the painted room.  Hold the sample up behind the couch or bed to make sure it works in with what you have.
  • Don’t forget to do this for all the walls you are planning on painting.  Each wall will get a different amount of light or have different furniture in front of it.

Finally, don’t rush into a decision! Take your time in choosing the colour scheme, you want it to be perfect and just right.

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