Dark and Dramatic or Light and Natural?

Winter can seem gray and dull and is the perfect time to add a little (or a lot) of colour to your home. Whether you prefer lighter colours for a natural look or darker colours for a more dramatic look the possibilities are endless. Adding accessories in a new colour is the quickest way to change it up, but if you are looking for a more dramatic change (without investing in new upholstery) painting your walls is the way to go.

Lighter colours will make any space feel larger and brighter. Photo by Jotun

Lighter colours will make any space feel larger and brighter. Photo by Jotun

Dark colours make the space feel smaller and more intimate.

Dark colours make the space feel smaller and more intimate.

Green is cool and calming. Photo by Jotun

Green is cool and calming. Photo by Jotun

and so is blue. Photo by Jotun

and so is blue. Photo by Jotun

Red colours are warm and emotional. Photo by Jotun

Red colours are warm and emotional. Photo by Jotun

Neutral colours create a calm and relaxing space. Photo by Jotun

Neutral colours create a calm and relaxing space. Photo by Jotun

Using strong colours like yellow creates a very energetic and dynamic space. Photo via bobedre.dk

Using strong colours like yellow creates a very energetic and dynamic space. Photo via bobedre.dk

Which colors you prefer is a personal choice but here are a few tips:

Picking Colours
Pick 2 to 3 colours and test them by painting a 1 m x 1 m area of each. Due to how colours change depending on amount of light in the room and the kind of light source never judge the colour based on the colour chip alone. Rule of thumb is to choose a colour which is a few shades lighter than the chip you like.

Painting Only One Wall.
Choosing to paint only a single wall can make it the focal point in a room. This is useful if there are parts of the room you would like to showcase. Painting only the end wall of a room pulls the room together and makes it seem shorter. Or paint the shared wall of the kitchen and dining area in the same colour to make it look more connected.

Paint to Hide 
Painting exposed pipes and older radiators in the same colour as the walls makes them blend in and less visible.

Choose the Colour depending on the Function of the Room
In rooms where you spend less time, such as the hallway or staircase you can experiment more with colours. However, in the bedroom where you need to feel relaxed choosing a calming color is recommended.