I love watching the happy faces of people around the festive season as the world turns more colourful; or the rain outside my window as I wait for sunlight to bring out the various hues of the rainbow. Colour is such an integral part of our lives…majestic, mysterious, playful and romantic; alluring yet intimidating.

Every colour – primary, secondary or tertiary, has innumerable shades or variants. But a plethora of colour options leave us confused. If I ask you to pick your favourite colour, would you be comfortable using the same on your walls, upholstery, floor and ceiling? Go on…think about it. Colour selection is a challenging task indeed!

To make matters worse, every time, a paint dealer will offer you a shade fan – a mesmerizing palette – for you to choose from. And every time, preferences vary – sometimes age plays an important role, whereas at other times, it is the purpose. Another factor that makes it way to our list of things-to-be-considered-while-choosing-a-colour is the place of application. Interiors and exteriors differ a lot and hence different requirements of colours.

Choose shades that go with your personality

Some people like pastel shades, while others want vibrant, flashy colours. Pastels are considered subtle and soothing to the senses. They bring a sense of calm, quiet and satisfaction. On the other hand colours like bright red or yellow stand for vibrant energy, being bold or being a go-getter!

White can make a stylish statement as it can be matched with any colour depending on your décor style – an added advantage. It works as the perfect backdrop for any combination of colours or designs. White can even help brightening up a dark area ina room by reflecting all of the available light. It portrays a zen-like feeling of calm and is very popular in a minimalistic interior design.

A colour may be inviting or unpleasant – it totally depends on your personal taste or frame of mind.

Turn to your artsy friend for guidance

The application of colour, its juxtaposition with other associated elements and the workmanship which plays a dominant role in deciding the outcome of the space concerned – if any of these three factors proves to be out of sync, it can spell a disaster for the chosen colour. A person with a keen sense of colour is your best bet to guide you. But, being an artist, painter or even a sales person from the paint manufacturing industry cannot guarantee you a splendid colour option, mind you!

Look at the bigger picture

Consider the colours that you like and how they would look on a larger space. Keep in mind that you would have to see that colour day in, day out. Certain colours can even be used as highlighters to accentuate an artifact or a small niche. Today, innumerable metallic and textured paints available in the market can also be used, if the idea is to highlight a feature. It is easier said than done, I know. But, you can always get some professional help if you are feeling lost!

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Try few options before finalising the options

Nowadays there is 3 dimensional imaging option which can help you make an informed decision. So, study what works! Try a sample on the wall before you zero in on a colour. A colour on the fan deck may go terribly wrong while mixing or may look entirely different on your wall from the computer screen. Ask your dealer to give your selected paints in sample amounts. Remember, paint in the cans look different when applied on a wall. Ensure at least 2 coats of the sample have dried before deciding.

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If you have any queries, do contact us at Houzify. Happy colouring!