Statement Paint Colours For Your Home: 4 Ideas To Inspire
Call them feature walls, statement colours or “interesting” paint choices, most of us like a splash of colour in our homes and painting the walls is the best way to achieve this.
Not only is it easily changeable if you don’t like it or you get bored, but it is something any competent DIYer can do – therefore it doesn’t cost a fortune. Deciding on the right colours can be a headache though.
Do you just go with your favourite colour, will it clash with your current furniture and what if it puts you in a bad mood?
There are a few different ways you can decide on the statement colours to use in your home – in addition to the white and magnolia you might already have. We have spent a bit of time discussing each one so you can decide if you are a fashion-forward type or a bit more practical.
Idea To Inspire No.1: Focus On Fashion
Every year Pantone release their top colours for the coming seasons and these colours set the interior design palette for that year. This is quite prescriptive, but it does help to ensure that all the different types of interior design options are on the same page.
These chosen colours are often based on a theme. Last year, for example it was about the environment and the star colour was a beautiful green.
You may decide to go with the colour of the moment for your statement wall. This is a good choice as you will be in possession of a fashionable home and who doesn’t want that?
However your fashion might be influenced by other genres such as clothing, art or ceramics. You can take your inspiration from the colours being used by any designer that is in the know. It saves you from needing to be in the know yourself!
However, be warned that you will need to change your statement colour every year to keep up with the fashionable Joneses. This may entail an entire new palette for your whole house including bedding, cushions, rugs and artwork. Luckily repainting a wall is a simple and quick job.
Choosing your statement colour could be enough to change your mood, so it is important to think about how you want each room to be used and therefore what colour suits the space
Idea To Inspire No.2: Choose To Improve Your Mood
It is a known fact that certain colours can have a noticeable influence on mood, motivation and even your health.
A study was done in a men’s prison where all cells were painted a soft shade of pink. It was found that the inmates’ levels of violence reduced significantly, with many reporting that they felt calmer.
Choosing your statement colour could be enough to change your mood, so it is important to think about how you want each room to be used and therefore what colour suits the space.
Yellow is thought to be good in a kitchen as it it energetic and bright. In the living room, greens are calming, while purples can add drama and excitement. Bedrooms are almost always best with soft and pale shades of lilac, pink, blue and pistachio.
Deciding to paint your walls to encourage good mood and wellbeing can be satisfying and worthwhile. The colours may also be able to evoke memories, such as the colour of the ocean or green trees. This can influence how you feel also.
Idea To Inspire No.3: Use Colour To Complement Your Furnishings
It is always going to be cheaper and more practical to match your painted walls to your furnishings, rather than the other way around. It might not make sense to choose a sofa based on the colour of one wall in your living room, when that one wall could be repainted within months.
You may have fairly neutral furnishings in browns, creams and wood tones, but there is bound to be an accent colour somewhere. Perhaps a cushion or a rug and you can use this as your starting point.
To make the wall colour more dramatic, use this accent colour, but go one or two shades darker. This will pull the scheme together, but make the wall stand out.
If you happen to own a statement piece of furniture, you might want to highlight it with a complementary colour on the wall behind it. An example is a beautiful oxblood leather sofa that might look amazing paired with a deep red wall.
Colour matching services at your D.I.Y store could make it easier to get the exact right shade.
You don’t need to exactly replicate the colours outside to bring them in, just go for a hint of an outdoor natural shade to give the room life and to make it feel more open.
Idea To Inspire No.4: Bring The Outdoors Inside
Maybe you want your statement paint colour to reflect the world outside of your home rather than the world inside. Great examples of this are soft green colours when you have a lush green garden outside.
Or you could choose a colour to match the favourite camellia bush outside the window. If you live by the seaside you might opt for deep blues to match the ocean view or sandy browns to complement the shore.
6 Top Tips For The Perfect Paint Job
So now you know how to choose the right statement colour for your home, but what about making sure you get it exactly right. There are a few tips to ensure you don’t spend time painting a wall just one shade too dark or the wrong colour entirely.
● Ask your DIY paint store to colour match if you have a fabric you want to use alongside the statement wall.
● Always do a paint patch test. Paint a large square in the centre of the wall you want to paint and let it dry completely. Then judge if the painted colour matches what it says on the tin.
● Check out the colour at all times of the day and night. Natural light and artificial light can influence how a colour looks and could turn your daytime masterpiece into a nighttime nightmare.
● Try not to paint one wall with more than one tin of paint. The colours should be the same, but the batches could be different. You may find there are slight variations that could look very obvious in a large expanse of wall.
● Always mix the paint well. There is nothing worse than a patchy paint job and it is so often caused by a failure to stir the paint thoroughly. Take your time to ensure the paint is well and truly mixed.
● Use the right equipment including the right rollers and cutting in brushes. Choose the best quality you can afford.
Painting an accent wall with a statement colour can be slightly scary, after all you could end up with a bright wall you hate. By choosing your favourite colour based on the trends you’ve seen, and the colours that make you happy, you really can’t go wrong.
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