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How to avoid making mistakes with paint colours

By Claire Briggs
Most people’s first port of call when it comes to decorating their real estate is paint – not only is it relatively inexpensive, but it’s also easy to apply.
However, decorating your property effectively is about more than just heading down to your local hardware store and picking a colour you like. Effective interior design means doing your research and avoiding impulse buys.
Here are some top tips to help you avoid making common mistakes when it comes to choosing paint for your next project.

Consider the size of the space

The first step is to look at the size of the space you’re working with. If it’s a compact area then you can afford to experiment with paler shades, while a larger space will lend itself to darker hues.
Colour can work wonders when it comes to making a room feel bigger or smaller, so make sure you know which tones are going to look best before buying a pot of paint.
Remember to take a look at your room as a whole – how will your existing furniture and soft furnishings fit in with your new scheme?

Feature wall or all one colour?

One way of bringing vibrant colour into a room is to create a feature wall – one that stands out against the rest of the space. Whether you do this with wallpaper or paint is up to you, but think carefully about what other shades you intend to use.
Clashing colours might seem like a great idea at the time, but ask yourself whether you’ll still find them so endearing later down the line. Instead, think complementary shades and you can’t go far wrong.
If you decide to go with a one-colour approach then select your paint wisely. It will have to be a shade you love if it’s going to adorn all of your walls!

Try out a tester pot

Although you may think you’ve found your perfect paint, bear in mind that it’s likely to look completely different once you’ve applied it to your wall.
Most manufacturers will give you the opportunity to purchase tester pots, which mean you can try out the tone for yourself and see if it’s what you expected. This will save a lot of time in the long run – imagine spending hours painting your room only to find the colour wasn’t what you’d hoped.

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