Interior house painting trends – room by room

When it comes to home improvements, nothing is easier than giving the interior of your house a fresh coat of paint. Painting new colours in your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living room can give your home an automatic facelift and breathe new life into tired décor. What’s more, as far as home improvement projects go, painting your interior walls is relatively cheap and something you can do yourself – no need to call in the professionals. The only real difficulty lies in choosing which colour to paint which room, so we look at some modern trends to help you pick your palette.

Bathroom

Many people see their bathrooms as a sanctuary from the hurly-burly world. If you’re one of them then you’re going to want to paint your bathroom in cool, calming colours. Musty blues and natural beiges are always popular, but sea blues are making a comeback. Sea blues have an added advantage of incorporating a touch of green, which is also soothing to the eye – and nerves. Warmer tones with a hint of pink or orange may sound a bit 1980's but pick the right shade and they will not only help you unwind, but they don’t make you look sallow when you look in the bathroom mirror.

Others like their bathrooms to provide a jolt of energy when they need it most early in the morning. In this case, nice vibrant colours work well. When you’re painting your bathroom a good idea is to use a relatively neutral colour as the base and then provide bright, colourful accents. Trendy bathroom accent colours include dark grey bright greens and chocolate browns. Coordinate your accents with your towels and mats and you have a bathroom that will rival the snazziest spa.

Kitchen

Kitchens should be warm and cheery, rather than cold and austere. Not only does this make cooking a pleasure, but it makes eating your meals together as a family a pleasure too. The safest colour is green - a muted green for the less brave and brighter for those a bit more cavalier . Be careful of yellow as you dont want it to look like a sunflower so if you’re worried about drowning in yellow, however, you can use it judiciously as an accent colour paired with neutrals (like cream or ivory) or you can paint one or two walls yellow and leave the other walls neutral. You can pair yellow with other vibrant colours, like red, for extra pop and added warmth.

Green is also a good colour to paint kitchens as it brings some of the outside in. Safest is olive green, but you could go for something more vibrant and energising, like apple or mint green. Again, you can pair your green colour scheme with neutral colours for safety – or for effect.

While white might not seem like an obviously warm choice, it can be a wonderfully neutral backdrop for colourful accents and statement pieces, like a wine red pattern of tiles on the wall or red and black cabinets. Too much white can be stark though, so choose colours (and lighting) that will soften the effect and beware white is not forgiving of a poor finish.

Bedroom

You definitely don’t want an energising colour in your bedroom, you want something calming and soothing that will help you sleep. That doesn’t mean that bright colours are out, but you should use bright colours wisely in a blended colour scheme that will reflect your style and your personality without giving you paint-induced insomnia. Brown shades of paint are currently quite trendy in bedrooms, as they bring a sense of earthy goodness into our homes and help feed our souls. Green is a great complementary because it provides an extra layer of natural warmth.

Grey is very popular as a neutral colour these days, so it’s a natural choice for modern bedrooms. As a modern neutral, grey can be paired with other, brighter colour schemes to give your bedroom some zing without detracting from the snooze.

Dark colours work well in bedrooms, as they allow our REM cycles to kick in more effectively. Dark blues and purples are quite popular, especially when paired with lighter bed linen and mats.

Living room

There are several factors you need to consider before you choose which colour to paint your living room, according to UKTV. For example, how much natural light does your living room get? If it’s naturally quite dark then you don’t want to compound the effect by painting the room dark colours. Good ideas for dark living rooms include soft pastels, off-whites, creams and even that very trendy grey.

You also need to consider your furniture, after all, it’s cheaper to paint your living room a colour that complements your furniture than to go out and buy a brand new lounge suite, paintings, tables and carpets.

Soothing colours from nature are good in living rooms as they help calm us down after a hectic day, so colour schemes of blue or green work well. However, if you want a pick-me-up after a hard day, then you want some vibrant colours – which will also help pep up your parties. Bold colours are good here with trends including DUSTY pink, turquoise, yellow and even lime green. If you want bright colours but you don’t want to feel overwhelmed by them then a feature wall is a great way to express your creativity.


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