How to Choose the perfect Paint Colours for Your Home…
Choosing the right paint colours for your Okanagan home can seem like a daunting task. There are so many paint colours to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one would look best in your space.
Luckily, there are a few things you can consider to make the process easier.
1) Get a free colour consultation!
At Gen/X painting we offer free colour consultations with a professional. This is probably the easiest way to get a customized colour recommendation that will fit your home, and your personality. Our colour consultant will consider your current decor, your personal style, the other colours in your home, and the natural lighting, in order to determine the colour options that are best suited for your space! We leave colour samples with you for a few days, so that you can really think over your colour options, without feeling pressured. We know this is a big decision, and want you to feel 100% confident in your choice.
2) Consider the mood you want your room to convey!
Room colour has shown to have an effect on people’s emotions and moods. Choose a colour that represents your personality, and how you want to feel inside your space! Typically, you are going to want cooler colours (blues, greens, purples) in areas that you want to feel calm and zen. Such as bedrooms, living rooms and yoga/meditation rooms. While ‘warmer’ colours should be saved for areas that promote activity! Such as the kitchen, office, or home gym.
Here are some bold color options, and the moods they convey:
- Red – represents intensity. Raises the rooms energy level. Stimulates passion, love, and power.
(Ben Moore – Heritage Red HC-181, Ben Moore – Exotic Red)
- Orange – High energy colour. Promotes excitement, enthusiasm, and activity.
(Ben Moore – Tangy Orange, Ben Moore – Rumba Orange)
- Yellow – Color representing happiness! Captures the essence of sunshine.
(Ben Moore – Banana Yellow, Ben Moore – Golden Orchards)
- Green – Has a calming, restful effect. Shown to relieve stress.
(Ben Moore – Webster green, Ben Moore – October Mist)
- Blue – Invokes calming / soothing energies. Has been shown to reduce heart rate!
(Ben Moore – Iced Slate, Ben Moore – Hale Navy)
- Purple – Lighter purples promote relaxation, while deep rich purples convey sophistication, royalty, and drama.
(Ben Moore – Purple Lace, Ben Moore – Your Majesty, Ben Moore – Purple Heart)
Here is the break down of popular neutral colours, and their associated moods:
- White – Timeless, classic. Makes rooms look bigger, brighter, and more open. ****Can cost more when covering darker walls, because white typically requires more coats to achieve full coverage****
(Ben Moore – White Dove, Ben Moore – Chantilly Lace)
- Grey – The trendy ‘in’ colour right now. Creates a modern vibe, brings in comfort and slight warmth. Lighter greys are more classy and timeless, while darker greys can add some edge and boldness to the room.
(Ben Moore – Graytint, Ben Moore – Slate)
- Black – Adds some edge, and depth to the room. Ties colour scheme together. Best used in small amounts or as a feature wall!
3) Look at popular paint colour trends of the year!
At Gen/X painting in the Okanagan, we use Benjamin Moore paints. Check out this link to see their popular colours this year! Shades of green are very trendy in 2022.
4.) Consider a feature wall!
A feature wall creates a focal point in the room, the eye is immediately drawn to the pop of colour! This is an effective way to add some style, flare, and personalization to a room.
A dark feature wall will add some edge. Maybe in a black, or dark grey.
Try a jewel toned feature wall for a rich pop of colour! Deep purples, emerald greens, navy blues, or burgundies are great options.
Specialty paint colours are another amazing way to add some uniqueness and character to a space.
- Metallic paints
- Chalk board paint
- A custom mural piece
As you can see, there are many things to consider when choosing a new colour for your home. What mood or style are you trying to convey? What would match the current colour scheme? How does the lighting effect the colour? Do you want a feature wall?