Choosing a colour scheme
This is one of the most important decisions that anyone who has just moved home must make, probably because everyone knows how important it is to have a space that we can relax in and feel happy living with.
Many people opt for neutral tones such as creams, beiges and white. These colours are a really safe option as they are largely inoffensive to the vast majority of people. Neutral colours also work well with almost any type of furniture and sort furnishings. Many householders keep in mind the future value of their home and it is well known that properties with understated decor schemes are easier to sell than those decorated in a more flamboyant style.
Neutral tones aren’t to everyone’s taste though and a room can be decorated tastefully in vibrant colours too. Many people gain inspiration for a colour scheme from an existing piece of furniture or favourite piece of material. So don’t be afraid, look around you – colour is everywhere! Think about what makes you feel good and then work with colour charts to see what would complement your chosen colour. Most DIY shops have charts which display groups of colours that work well together so that you can have highlights and accents in the room rather than just a monotone look which would give a very disappointing result.
It is worth remembering that paint often looks much darker on the walls than it does on a colour card so try and get a small tester sample to take away first. Apply the sample to about a square metre of wall space and let it dry thoroughly. Leave it for a couple of days and see how your patch looks in different conditions. If you are happy, then you can go for it!
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