Choosing Interior Wall Paints: How to Get it Right the First Time Around!

From a newly constructed bungalow to an old apartment in need of a makeover; the wall paints you choose for your interiors can truly set the tone for the rest of your home. It seems like such an easy decision, yet there is so much weight to it! Getting it right the first time around can save you a whole lot of time, money and inconvenience! However, looking at colour palettes and paint samples are bound to leave you confused and indecisive!


With hundreds of colours/shades to choose from, you are likely to change your mind at least a couple of times before making your final decision! Of course, picking paint colours does not merely depend on what looks appealing to you, but rather what will work best for your home’s interior design and décor. Yes, there a couple of factors to keep in mind and we are going to walk you through the most important ones! With the following guidance tips, you can rest assured that you’ve picked the right paint colours for your home interiors!


  1. Type, Colour and Style of Furniture


Those contemporary-style chairs and tables may not match the earthy tones that you want to cover your walls in. Similarly, cool colours like teal and light cadet blue don’t match pine wood furniture half as well as warm shades of yellow or orange tones. Hence, the type, colour and style of your existing (or future) furniture pieces play a big role in your choice of paint colours. Remember, creating a contrast between your walls and furniture means matching light tones with darker shades.


  1. Interior Décor


If you’d like to set a specific ambience for your home interiors, the colour of your walls will play a major role in doing so. Depending on the style of architecture and your chosen interior décor, you can create anything from classy and elegant to playful and bold. For a more cozy and welcoming ambience, stick to dull yellows and orange hues or light, earthy browns and tans. A ‘fun’ style of interior décor calls for some vibrant walls painted in blue or green hues and/or sunny yellow shades. Darker shades such as maroon, deep wine, browns and greys are best suited for classy and sophisticated or modern interiors. So, before you pick out your wall paints, make sure that it will do the rest of your interior décor justice in creating the perfect ambience!


  1. Colour Schemes


There’s something about dual coloured walls that is undeniably beautiful! Unless, of course, the two colours clash! Wall colour schemes are meant to complement each other while bringing the rest of the room together. Again, your choice of colour combination should be picked in accordance with the ambience of the room. Here are a few colour schemes that work well together:


  • dark grey and white
  • yellow and off white
  • turquoise and light grey
  • dark brown and tan
  • red and peach
  • olive green and white


The truth is that there are hundreds of colour combinations that work beautifully well together; therefore, your choice will depend on personal preference and your existing interior décor.


  1. Textured and Patterned Walls


For homes with minimal interior design and décor, textured or patterned walls are a great way to ‘fill’ up and enhance the room. Again, there is so much to do with colour combinations and different textures/patterns; however, it’s best not to go overboard with it. By this we mean using textures or patterns on one or two walls as opposed to all of them. The latter option tends to take away from the rest of the room while the former will help bring it together. You’re probably thinking that you can achieve the same look for a cheaper alternative in the form of wallpaper, but bear in mind that the two have very distinct finishes while paint is far more superior in terms of quality and longevity.


  1. Type of Paint


From Matte and eggshell, to gloss and satin; the type of paint finish you choose will also influence or alter the overall appearance of the colour and its effect on the room. Sophisticated interiors are generally finished in matte or eggshell, while glossy paints are a great choice for a fun and lively ambience. The latter options are easier to clean as compared to matte finishes. Nevertheless, different types of paint can work in a ‘foreign’ setting so long as your furniture and interior décor can blend in.


With these factors and guidance tips firmly in mind, you shouldn’t have any trouble in choosing the right interior wall paints the first time around!

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is the content marketing manager at PaintMates. With extensive experience in the home and garden space. Karen researches and writes about home improvement.

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