Paint Colour Consultation: 4 Colours to Steer Clear of and Why

paint colour consultation in TorontoWhile you are, of course, perfectly entitled to paint your home any colour you desire, there are certain colours that it might be worth giving a wide berth, especially if you have any plans to sell your property at some point in the future. Even if you are not going to sell your home any time soon or you are more than happy to repaint it before doing so, some colours are quite difficult to live with according to researchers. Consult any interior décor professional in the city and they are likely to give you the same advice as we are providing for free in the section below.

Your Free Paint Colour Consultation in Toronto: Colours You Should Avoid

If you want your home to be a peaceful haven to which you can retreat at the end of the day and a valuable asset that one day you might sell, avoid using the following colours the next time you redecorate the interior:

  1. Bright Yellow – Although subtle shades of yellow are known to appeal to many people, especially when used in kitchens, large expanses of bright yellow are not only likely to put prospective buyers off should you ever decide to sell your home, they will also prove to be an irritant to you while you are living there. The amount of light that bright colours such as this reflect can overstimulate the eyes and cause restlessness or even stress to those living in the immediate vicinity.
  2. Off-White – If you come for a personal paint colour consultation in Toronto with the purpose of preparing your home for a quick sale, you may be surprised to be told that off-white is one of the colours you should avoid. While it may be neutral and inoffensive, many people think that it makes small rooms look rather dingy, dull and lifeless.
  3. Terracotta – This may also come as a surprise to many but terracotta-painted walls have been shown to decrease the average sale price of the homes in which they are found. With this in mind, you might want to avoid this particular colour if you have any thoughts of moving in the near future. It might look warm and homely to you but that is not the opinion of the majority of buyers if the studies are to be believed. Book a paint colour consultation in Toronto to find out what colours you can use instead.
  4. Plain White – There was a time when all-white kitchens and hallways were thought to be very desirable but that time is now past. Apart from looking sterile and lifeless, white walls are difficult to keep looking clean, which makes them unappealing to live with for any length of time.

If you would like to know what tones work well together and what is popular right now, call to make an appointment for a paint colour consultation in Toronto at your convenience. We look forward to helping you redecorate your home in the near future.

Paint Colour Consultation and the Effects Different Colours Have on a Home’s Interior

Paint Colour Consultation TorontoIf you’re invested in making the most of your home you’ll want to enlist the help of a professional colour consultant before you make any painting decisions. They can show you exactly how different colours and colour combinations will affect not only the way a room looks but the way you, your family and your guests experience it.

Take Advantage of a Paint Colour Consultation Before Repainting your Home

Every colour in the spectrum affects us in different ways and it takes the expertise of a trained colour consultant to help you decide which colour or colour combination will achieve the aesthetic and emotional effect you want. For instance:

  • Neutral Colour Schemes – These generally create a relaxed feeling and are prized by people wanting their home to be a sanctuary of style and comfort.
  • Cool Colours – Light blues, greys and greens are often used to make a room feel larger. They create the perception that the painted area is receding.
  • Dark Colours – Dark colours tend to make people feel that the walls are closing in on them. This is the main reason you’ll rarely see them employed in a home.

Colour has other associations as well, not all of them strictly psychological, that need to be taken into consideration when repainting your home.

  • Cultural Associations – Different colours are thought to be significant by different cultures. Red is considered fortuitous by the Chinese and other Asian cultures. While white is considered by some to look “clean” and others to look “cheap”.
  • Colour and Emotion – Science says not everyone’s perception of colour is the same. But does it matter? Probably not since colour is primarily an emotional experience. Making sure people have the experience you want them to have is one of the most important jobs of the colour consultant.
  • Personal Colours – As with smells and shapes, different people develop personal associations with colour. During a paint colour consultation your consultant can find tasteful ways to ensure your home says ‘you’ by integrating colours important to you into the overall design.

Anita Ricci of Bright Ideas is a certified Benjamin Moore Colour Expert as well as being a certified Dewey Colour Specialist. She can help you discover the heart and soul of your home and bring it to life through the application of colour and design. Call Bright Ideas today on 416-671-6236 to find out more and schedule a paint colour consultation.