Turning your house into a home can be an exciting adventure. You’ve signed on the dotted line, you’ve moved in your belongings, you’ve even managed to unpack and tidy up. The next steps are the fun part. Now it’s time to represent your personality, to add some pizzazz, some colour. There are fewer better opportunities for this, than the paint colour of your home. That’s why, today, Baxton Property Management is partnering with Australian Heritage Homes, to provide insight on the science behind choosing a paint colour for your new home.
There’s an entire science around this, called colour psychology. The effects that a colour has on you can run the gamut, including your emotions and state of mind. That’s why it’s so important that it’s represented in and on your home. It may seem like a daunting decision. It’s an investment of time and an investment of money. But it should also be exciting. This is your way of putting your personal stamp on your home, but it’s not permanent.
Here are four buzzwords to keep in mind:
Hue- A colour. Red, blue, yellow, green; Each of these are hues.
Value- How light or dark a colour is.
Saturation- How dominant the hue is. Looking for an example? Take the shift from red to pink. As you head that direction, the saturation decreases.
Intensity- How brilliant a colour is. Your primary colours will be most intense, while secondary colours like green that mixes two primary colours has less intensity.
Feeling wary? Start small. Look around your current home and see what colour is most frequently represented. Try painting just one interior wall this colour to see what you think. Remember that it can always be repainted.
If your thumb is green, and you’re especially proud of your gardening and landscaping efforts, you’ll probably want to highlight these as much as possible. We recommend choosing a prominent colour from the flowerbeds or shrubs and painting your home the same colour. This is a nice tie between the two.
Another option is to coordinate the colour from the trim of the house to the more prominent paint colour. This has been especially popular when folks have white trim on their house and choose to move forward with a white picket fence. It’s a clean, elegant look, no matter what the style or size of your home.
You also want to keep light in mind. Spot testing is especially important in this space so that you can discern what the paint colour looks like both during the day and at night. A colour that is flattering first thing in the morning, may not feel the same way once the sun goes down.
All of this talk about bright colours may have you a little bit leery. If you’re not ready to dive into the colour pool, but would rather just dip a toe in the shallow end, painting accents or a brightly coloured door would fit the bill. Paint sections or select panels with a bright colour and leave the remainder a more muted or neutral tone.
Questions? Comments? Give us a shout. And be sure to check out the Australian Heritage Homes site for more helpful information.
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