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One of the biggest decisions during a renovation is choosing paint colours. The colours of the walls make a huge impact in the room, so it's important to have the right colour. How do you get the colour you want? Keep reading, I've listed a few tips on how to choose the right paint colour.

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  • Don't pick your paint colour first
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It seems natural to start from the big things, but it's easier to choose a paint colour that matches your furniture and textiles than to choose furniture that matches your paint colour.
  • Stick with neutrals
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Neutral colours allow you to use almost any colour in your furniture and textiles. It also helps you bring all the spaces together.
  • Using colours on the walls
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If you do want to use colours on your walls and if you choose bold colours, make sure that everything else in the room is pretty neutral. This prevents having too many things competing with each other.
  • Pick the right sheen
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The glossier the paint, the easier it is to clean up. In rooms that have high traffic or for example a chance of grease getting on the walls (a kitchen), a high gloss is a good idea as it can be wiped with a damp sponge. However, blemishes and imperfections are more visible and could give off an unpleasant shine. For living rooms or bedrooms or rooms that have a lot of imperfections on the walls, choose a matt or flat paint. The downside is that it doesn't stand up well for a good cleaning.
  • Understand undertones
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Use the darkest color on the strip to discover the true color. This will help you to get the right colour and not end up with a paint that's too pink, blue, yellow etc.
  • Use testers / paint chips
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Never paint your walls without testing the colour first. The white you saw at the store might look a bit pink in your living room. Lighting makes a huge difference, so make sure to paint a small portion of your wall or tape paint chips to your wall and let them be there at least a few days so you can see how it looks like with different lighting.
  • Test your paint colour agains furniture
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Test your colours against the furniture, textiles or other items that will be in the room. You might not want to match, but you will want the undertones to go together nicely.
  • Have a colour theme throughout your home
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This doesn't mean you have to paint your whole house with one colour, but in rooms that open into one other, it gives a more calm look. If you do only use one colour, you can add depth and make the space look interesting by going one or two shades lighter / darker in one room or one wall.
  • Find inspiration from fabrics / artwork
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An easy way to choose paint colour is to start with print fabric or artwork. Throw pillows, bedding, any kind of textile and artwork really, can provide you with paint colour ideas. If you're thinking about creating an accent wall, look to the boldest colour in the print. If you're thinking about painting a larger area, go for more subtle colours in the small details of your print fabric. Remember to take a fabric swatch to the paint store so you can choose paint strips to view at home.
  • Choose more than one colour
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More than one colour in a room can look great, but keep it to three colours maximum. If you're thinking about having two bold colours, the third one should be a neutral to give your eye a break. Choose the boldest colour first, and then choose the others with the first colour in mind.

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