Styling your home takes a lot of thought, preparation and consideration. You want the changes to look good, and you want to be comfortable with your choices. If you hate not being able to thoroughly visualise the end result, you will be pleased to know there are a few apps about at the moment that can help you with that. If you are looking to give one or more of your walls a lick of paint but you’re not sure what colour would work best, we have some hot tips for you:
Crown Paints have developed an app that allows you to virtually paint a room in any shade you like. The great thing about this is you can see it in all the different lighting that you have. Give it a go in the evening under your lamp light and see it in the full light of day.
It saves you having to sand off a sample paint from the wall later on as well. Dulux offer to colour match. If you are looking to match a feature wall to your favourite duvet set, take it with you and let those fabby Dulux peeps help you create the right bespoke colour for your room.
If you are looking to paint, a Matt finish is very popular right now because it does change so much with the different qualities of light you get in a day. Using a tester pot is great to see how it works in your room against the colours of your furniture, but it is a pain to sand it down and hide it underneath the paint you finally choose. Under the big florescent lights at the DIY store, it is hard to tell the colour of the paint you are getting just from the outside of the tin.
A better option if you are not happy using an app, is to use an old cardboard box. Paint it with all the tester choices, then white-tac it to the wall near your furniture.
If you have decided you like the wall colours but you want to change the soft furnishings, some stores are happy to offer fabric samples. Others accept returns if you haven’t opened the packet. Living with a colour you’re not happy with can be uncomfortable so choose your soft furnishings carefully.
For most people, the first choice is usually the right one. You can find more information on a range of soft furnishings online that will match almost any colour palette. Decor is all down to taste, but keeping up to date with the latest trends is important. You may want to opt for a popular, timeless classic style, or look for something minimal you can dress to your mood quickly and easily.
Remember, your colours can be altered easily by the quality of your lighting, so you may be able to make significant changes with just a colour changing bulb. Take your time and try lots of things. See what you can do today.