Picking the right colour for your home

We are painters and decorators  in Bath Bristol and the South West.  I personally have been a painter decorator for the last 15 years.

We often work with interior designers and architects as well as private clients undertaking commissions in commercial and residential projects. We have worked through out the UK and abroad.

We specialise in decorative paint finishes, Furniture painting, and period properties; have studied decorative finishes both in the UK and Italy.

Choosing the right colour for you home.

Many people love colour (such as myself) but it doesn’t mean you have to go crazy and paint a whole room bright orange.

Often I have painted rooms for clients who have gone crazy with the colour palette only to find out that the curtains, cushions and lighting now look out of place.

A good tip is to take in account your soft furnishings and work backwards.

For example see this beautiful abstract malachite fabric available from www.designersguild.com


I would recommend elements of colour “canvas” by Fired Earth


If you still want to add colour to the room you can always use a feature wall to do this. Good choices for this example would be to go for Farrow and Ball “Stone Blue” or “Brinjal”


When choosing your feature wall go for one without to much going on.

The plainer the better that way the colour really stands out. Also you don’t want to be making a feature of a your boiler for example so take this in to account.

Another example is this Ilsa Lovat printed linen cotton inspired by the artist Matisse available from www.romo.com


I would recommend “James White” by Farrow and Ball with Crown “Celebrity”as the feature wall colour.


The same principle works with wallpaper on feature walls like this elegant “Isabelle” print by Graham and Brown


The whole point is you can use colour but don’t go overkill.

This paper would look great with Fired Earth “Oyster” or farrow and ball “cabbage white


I’m not saying everyone should get their painter and decorator to paint feature walls in every room its just an option.

Just remember less is often more.

For those who are braver and want more of colour, go for darker hues on the walls and lighter, neutral soft furnishings; and take into considerartion the amount of natural light in the room.

Other options are using a monochromatic paint style, which basically is using different hues of the same colour, or even monochrome, black and white. Also you can use colour contrasts and opposites.Read more about this is my next blog.

We would all love an interior designer but if this is not something within your budget there are some great tools online to help you chose what colours to go for http://colorschemedesigner.com/

Alternatively get your local painter and decorator to help advise you.

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