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#2 TIP for choosing your Interior Colour Scheme

So, you have been inside your home this year more than any other year that has passed & for many this has led to a pressing desire to redecorate. Did you know that Painting your interior is still considered one of the most cost-effective ways of transforming your space?


You may be contemplating a bold colour, a neutral tone, or perhaps a white, whichever avenue you choose, it’s important to note that all are influenced by lighting, one should consider both natural light & artificial light in order to have the best understanding of the way in which the colour will look within your interior space.


Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing with you some great tips from our experienced team on how to best choose your colour scheme for your space.


#2 TIP: ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

  • Incandescent: warm, yellow, candle glow

  • Fluorescent: cold, blue through to neutral

  • Halogen: bright, sparkly, neutral

  • LED: cool and warm white through to colours

You will see above a brief overview of the most common artificial light sources and the type of light which they omit. Here is a bit more detail for those of you who have the time to read:

Incandescent lighting is the warmest light available. It has a yellow cast which is like candlelight. This lighting enhances warm colours such as yellows, reds and oranges but dulls cooler colours. Generally incandescent bulbs are low wattage decorative bulbs used for accent lighting.


Halogen lighting is bright, near-white light and using reflectors produces a sparkly light. With this lighting the colours appear close to how they would appear in natural daylight.

Fluorescent lighting produces a cool light. It enhances cool colours such as blues, greens, purples, but will dull warmer colours.


LED is relatively new to the residentially market but is expected to become the standard for most interior lighting and is available in a range of white and accent colours. The white LEDs are very bright, cool, somewhat colourless light, like daylight.


Now you know your artificial light sources, what lighting do you have in your interior? How much of that lighting do you have in the interior and do you use it much? Contemplate when the room is used most & whether artificial lighting or natural lighting will be the predominant source.


Next Step? Get the largest colour swatch you can find & adhere to the walls which you will be painting, best to get multiple swatches so that you can put on each wall in order to get an idea of the variance within the room.


Already done that? Grab a sample pot and paint a few large patches on the wall, ideally you want to paint at least the size of an A4 sheet of paper, but if you can go even bigger.

And Then? Stop & Spend some time to take it in, see how the colour changes at various times of day, see how it feels. Best to sit on it for a minute rather than rush into a decision.


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