Choosing The Paint Colour. How To Do It Right?

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Colour has a big impact in interior

When decorating a house, colour and light have the most dramatic influence on how it will turn out. No wonder people are afraid of making this decision. We also have different ideas when talking about colour. How to define blue for example? For one person it can be the colour of the sky on the sunny day and for someone else it can be colour from the Van Gogh paintings or duck egg blue on Shabby Chic dresser.

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While choosing the colour may seem easy it is not that straight forward.

How often did you buy a paint, the colour looked grey in store but when you painted your kitchen it turned out blue or pink? In fact the exact same paint looks great in your friend’s house. So why is this happening? What affects the appearance of colour in interiors and how to avoid making costly mistakes?

 

Colour is a broad subject so I decided to create a series of posts regarding choosing a perfect colour scheme. In this post I will give you few practical tips on how to choose the perfect tone. When deciding on the paint colour:

1. Always buy a real paint tester. Most of colour samples are printed so the actual colour from the tin can be different. Consider that on beautiful photographs of the rooms in manufacturers catalogues the paint appears differently. It also looks different on each screen (we all remember the dress right?).
2. Paint the A 4 sheet paper with the colour you want to use and check in different areas and corners of the room. This will also prevent from interacting between your current paint and the tester.
3. Test the tone the time of the day when you will be using the room the most. Close the blinds and turn on the lights in bedrooms to check how it will look in artificial light.
4. Don’t use few colour testers beside each other unless they will be used together. This is important because these colours will influence each other.

This four tips will allow you to make wise and faster decisions and by using them you will avoid disappointments later. This is just a tip of the iceberg as it comes to choosing the colour. When deciding on your colour scheme you need to consider few other factors like what’s already in the room or the environment outside the window (unless you don’t have the window… but I hope you do).

I will go more into detail in my few next posts so if you want to know more please follow my blog. If you have some questions or have any ideas what would you like to read about leave me a comment below.

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What I Like About Dublin

Dublin always inspires me in terms of colours and textures. I like to have a walk in town centre and admire its unique and, very often bold, style.

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I like bright coloured pubs with hanging flower baskets and red brick building facades…

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Sharp, steel constructions wrapping the buildings are also very inspiring. Dublin is a place where tradition and history meets the modern architecture.

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Where glass buildings reflect the clouds, so characteristic for the Irish sky…

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And shapes and forms of the buildings interact with each other.  Maybe because I live on the countryside where the landscape is totally different it creates such feeling in my heart… Comment below how do you find Dublin? What do you like or dislike about it? How is Dublin to live in?

 

photographs by Gosha Galuszka

 

 

My best three tips to stay inspired

 

Sometimes as a Designer I am intimidated by the work of others. It seems like everything is already invented and there’s so many great artists out there.

Other times I struggle with a project and I feel like in a dead end… Or I know something is wrong but don’t know what. Probably most of us have been there.

Here are my tips to stay inspired and to improve your creative skills.

1.Drop everything and do something else

When I spend too much time on a project, especially renderings, I am not satisfied. I could constantly be adding some shadows, highlights and details. In such cases it is better to leave the work and do something else. You are no longer productive and there’s always something that needs to be done around the house like laundry, cooking or shopping… Why not have them checked from the list and go back to the project later. I guarantee that after a break you will look at the project with more friendly eye and you will see better the mistakes and will be able to fix them quickly.

2. Go for a walk

I’m telling you there’s lot of inspiration out there so grab your sketchbook or phone (this is so handy that phones have camera’s nowadays) and go out of your house. I live in small town in Ireland which is very inspiring.

I like to observe the nature. It seems to know exactly how to match the colours together. It creates perfect and unusual shapes and forms. The mood board on the top was created after I saw blackberries during a stroll in the forest.

I like to go to Dublin as well and have a tour. The architecture, the streets of a big city, a factory, even traffic lights inspire me. I often study window displays, graffiti and street art during my Dublin walks.

3. Step out of your comfort zone

Creativity hates routine. You need to learn, try new things.

Our brain likes to learn especially new moves, for example if you are right handed try to write with your left hand or climb the stairs backwards. This will create new synapses in your brain and will not only boost your creativity, but will help to prevent dementia as well. I tried to learn roller skating recently and have few bruises after that so maybe that wasn’t a great idea, but I challenged myself and know what is not my cup of tea.

These were my three top tips to stay inspired. I’m curious what are your inspiration tips. Please share them with me in the comments below.