So youve decided. Your house needs a lick of paint. Now before you choose a colour have a good think about areas in your house that you want to make the most of. Have you got a room that feels just too small even for an office? Is your hallway tunnel like? Have you got that one room where there just isnt enough light?
We all have parts of our homes where we would like to change something but just dont know how Read along and you will find out just how to make the most of those parts of your house that you would rather forget they exist.
Create the illusion of more space.
No need for costly extensions and architects. Colour can be used to change the shape of the room. Of course were not saying the paint will magically move the walls but it will create the illusion of doing so and thats all you need.
A darker colour will make the walls appear closer to you and the lighter colours make the walls appear to be further away.
Having said that dont just go for all white. You can have a bit of fun with colours choosing off white colours and still keeping that room light and spacious.
Once youve painted it remember that less is more in small spaces, so dont put too much furniture and your box bedroom will change into light and breezy office.
If you struggling with making your hallway less claustrophobic try painting the end wall a darker shade than the side walls that will give it a look of space.
Make the most of little natural light.
In nearly every home you will find one room that just doesnt benefit from much natural light, whether its a bathroom or an office. Suppress the urge to paint it eye-wateringly white to make it brighter. Instead of creating the hospital look go for warm darker colours or even bold patterned wallpapers. That way you will create more intimate atmosphere. Add a nice warm light and your undesired downstairs bathroom is the talk of the neighbourhood.
Create a flow through your home.
When youre re-decorating your home you want to keep some sort of the scheme. Of course we are not saying keep all rooms the same colour. No, no, no! You do need some colour in your house so what we are suggesting is to choose colours that all have the same tonal weight. Its good to decorate floor by floor, so i.e. your ground floor hallway will be in Cornforth White and your first floor in Elephants Breath. (Farrow & Ball Paint Colours)
By using darker colours in a hallway you will make your rooms seem brighter.
Lastly if you are not afraid of change try painting walls light colours and woodwork darker. That way you will create light and space in your home, but only if youre going for neutral scheme.
Quite simply by using darker colours on skirting your walls will appear lighter in contrast.
Finding the right people for the job.
Fancy rolling your sleeves up and painting the entire house yourselves? Of course that is one way to do it, but if you really want your home to look great its best to get the professionals in. Were not saying you couldnt do it yourself but lets face it, re-decorating is a rather daunting DIY job. And another thing is that once you get the right painters and decorators in you will see how your home becomes the palace from your dreams. Its easy to simply paint the house, but to get that great finish you need the professional eye and the experience of someone who has been doing it for a while.