Painting your home; what to consider

Painting your home; what to consider

Choosing a paint colour from the vast choice available seems complicated enough without deciding on the finish or how to apply the paint. We figure there are several important elements to consider before you start a paint job; the light in the room, choosing the right paint colour and finish, and how the paint should be applied. 


As individuals we hold different opinions about colours, whether its down to an our history, culture or experiences. The colour choice you decide on may also depend on the location of your home and the culture you live in. A bright yellow kitchen may fit right into hot Spanish kitchen but the same colour if in a dark, rainy and cold winter the UK may not fell right.

The function of a room is also an important feature to consider as colour will make an impact on how you use a space. For instance, a vibrant red in a bedroom could make it hard for you to relax and sleep; the colour red is lively, full of energy, and is associated with anger. Therefore be conscious on how certain colours make you feel before picking a colour which someone else likes or which is currently ‘in trend’.

Light and paint

Light is always an important element to consider when choosing your paint colour, tone and finish. Natural light may enter your room and depending on the time of the day will change the colour of the paint and cast shadows. Similarly, artificial lights can have an impact; do you have strong spot lights, lamps or wall lights?

Finish of the paint

There is a vast choice in the finishes you can choose for your paint, your choice will often depend on what surface you are painting. You can ask expert advice from your decorator or supplier to get the right finish but as an overview matt paint will absorb the light and shiny will reflect it. Also note that the finish will affect the colour of your paint and how it will feel in a room.

Paint effects

There are a variety of paint effects that can be achieved by applying paint in different ways. For instance, the paint could be dabbed on and layered up with a sponge to create a textured look, or a special vanish can be applied to create a crackled or peeling effect.  A faux marble effect could be used or  a decorative wallpaper could be painted on. An experienced decorator will have the skills and knowledge for applying paint in a variety of ways and should be able to give you advice suited to your project.

Paint can be used to create interesting and fun features in an interior space.  Tromp’l’oeil, is one of these techniques (the french word means to deceive the eye). This technique creates an optical illusion and transforms a two dimensions image into three dimensions. Commonly Tromp’l’oeil is used to paint panels on to a flat surface to add grandeur and elegance (it is also a cheaper option!).

If you have any questions or would like some expert advice on decorating your home, please get in contact and one of our experienced decorators would be delighted to help you.