Inspiration for painting your home

Deciding on what color or colors to paint a room may be the most difficult task in the entire makeover process. Here are some tips from Home and Gardens Television (HGTV.com) that may just inspire the artist in you:

  • Start by choosing a favorite colour from a piece of art, a rug, a dish or an accessory in the room as the main or accent colour.
  • Think about the mood you want to create in the room — calm or dramatic? Social or formal? Energising or relaxing? Soft cool neutrals will create a quieter mood, stronger colours will create drama, and warm, contrasting colours are sociable.
  • Pay attention to the lighting in the room when choosing a colour — natural daylight shows the truest colour, incandescent lighting brings out warm tones, and fluorescent lighting casts a blue tone.
  • Test your colour choice on a large area of a wall without being afraid to use colours or combinations of colours that are out of your comfort zone. Most stores now sell small paint samples that are reasonably priced.
  • Use decorative finishes to transform dull walls with texture and broken colour, metallic finishes, flecks of gold, pewter or bronze, or glazes that add depth.
  • Walk into another room to see how the walls interact, keeping that interaction in mind as you choose colours.
  • Play with the colour wheel to find complementary colours that work together or whole new combinations that appeal to your senses.
  • Create a monochromatic scheme by using closely related colours. Use a warm or cool colour as an accent, or white or off-white for a more striking look.
  • Choose different paint finishes for the same colour to add contrast, using an eggshell finish for a wall and a semigloss finish for the trim.