Decorating is a great way to update your room. But don't under estimate the planning, so we went to ask www.designerpaint.co.uk for their top tips!
1. When designing a room it is best not to pick the paint colour first as paint is available in thousands of hues and shades whereas textures and fabrics do not have the same advantage. Start with, for example, a picture or a favourite cushion and then pick out colours from it and build your colour scheme this way.
When trying to find your perfect paint colour turn to your wardrobe for inspiration. You will automatically be comfortable with the colours you love to wear.
Even the best interior designers go to their favourite places for inspiration. So visit that hotel or new restaurant you've read about and look not just at the colour of walls, look at furniture, artwork and take pictures!
2. Colour changes in different light so make sure you always choose a colour scheme in the room your intending it for. In natural light a North facing room will have weak natural light so warm pale shades of gold and yellow are good for warming up the room. A south facing room will have plenty of natural light so all colours tend to work but if you want to balance the glare try muted pastels and cooler shades like blue and green.
So get busy testing colours in different rooms. If you have a strong coloured fabric in your new scheme, take time to pick the colour to suit. Use large MDF boards with samples of wallpaper or fabric to make sure the light doesn't play with colours!
3. To avoid a colour disaster don’t rush! test drive those samples, make a mess of your walls until you find that perfect colour it will be worth it in the long run.
Use the sample swatches for inspiration, pick sample colours above and below the colour you love! Don't forget your woodwork doesn't have to be white and the paint doesn't have to be gloss! Use some muted neutrals in a flat matt, Farrow & Ball do great woodwork paints in a matt finish called 'Dead Flat'. It feels risky to not use gloss but trust us, Dead Flat looks amazing! Check out the full range at www.designerpaint.co.uk
4. Our monthly 'Buy The Look' feature gives you tips and inspiration on picking the right accent colour to finish off your renovation project!