Home owners and designers can agonise endlessly over the unlimited paint options available for interiors. Paint colours set the tone and personality of our spaces making a huge impact for better or worse. Here is an easy to follow guide to choosing paints with three simple colour schemes.
Neutral schemes have moved away from cream and beige toward grey tones. Grey can be either warm or cool and it’s best to stick to one or the other, with different shades used to add depth and drama.
“We firmly believe ‘Grey’ is here to stay, due to its universal appeal and very useable shades.”
Ruth Mottershead of Little Greene.
Off-white is a classic choice which maximises light reflection around a room. The pigments used to achieve off-white colours add complexity and can help to extend and lift small spaces. The differences can be imperceptible until seen on a larger scale where subtle changes in shade can add interest.
3. On-trend colours
When opting for a bold, on-trend colour scheme it is possible to have either strongly or softly contrasting colours depending on the impact you’d like to create.
Using one strong uniform colour can make a dramatic statement, particularly when wrapped around mouldings and architectural features of a room so the colour envelops the interior.
Little Greene’s ‘The Little Book of Colour’ is a great tool for selecting coordinating and contrasting colours and accents to put a scheme together with ease.
Interior designer tip:
With all paints, we advise purchasing sample pots and painting an A4 size sheet of wallpaper lining paper, minimum three coats, so colours can be observed in changing natural light through the day and artificial light in the evenings. You can move the sample around the room using masking tape. It is surprising how different the same paint colour can appear under different lighting conditions.