If you are thinking about painting the inside or the outside of your home, you need to make sure that you choose the right colour from the very start. Once you are finished, it is too late to change your mind as you would need to start all over again. Not to mention that all of the time and energy that you spent on the project was wasted. The last thing that you want to do is to have to head back to the store and buy more paint.

1. Don’t just think about the colours that you like

If you already have furniture, then you should look at the colour that you have to work with and try to match the paint colour with what you have. If you need to buy new furniture or are looking to upgrade, then you should know the colour of the new furniture so that there are no surprise clashes when you move everything into the freshly painted room.

2. Think about the room as a whole

Even though you might just be painting there is no reason why you can’t throw in a little bit of interior design magic along the way. You could even make a visit to the local thrift shop or designer boutique to pick up a few things that will play well off the colours that you’re considering.

3. Get some ideas online

The internet is a great resource to help you with choosing the right colour palette for your home. You will be able to look at staged rooms that have all sorts of accents and additional elements incorporated within them that can really tie the whole room together. If you are overwhelmed with the choices, feel free to talk to a professional painter for inspiration and ideas on how to proceed.

4. Neutral colours are timeless

It all comes down to personal preference but neutral colours will allow you a space that you can relax in without the walls overpowering the room. They are also a good move if you think that you will one day sell the home on. It is hard to dislike a neutral colour so this will encourage buyers to buy your home when the time comes. All interior design rules were made to be broken so this if you really think that a bolder colour would work then there should be nothing stopping you from getting the look that you really want.

5. Test the colour on a patch of the wall before you buy the whole can

This will allow you to see how the colours look once they’re on the wall. You shouldn’t make a decision right away. You should let the paint dry and them leave it up for 24 hours. This will let you see the how the paint colour appears in natural light in the morning and late afternoon along with the artificial light in the evening.

As you’re painting the whole room anyway, there is no reason why you can’t paint a large area of the wall this colour so that you can get a real feel for it.

6. Double check the colour against your furniture and other fixtures

Now that you have some paint on the walls, does it look how you imagined? If so, then great. If not, now is the time to go back to the drawing board and start to experiment again. If this is something that you are particularly concerned about you can always paint a piece of plasterboard and hold it up to various other colours that you are trying out for the room. You can even take this into a furniture store to compare before you buy more furniture.