Repainting or painting your home’s interior can be an amazing way to change your surroundings and breathe life into your space. This blog will give you some insight into interior painting for your next painting project! 

Interior Colour Ideas – A Painter’s Perspective

We will get into some ideas from a professional’s perspective, colour trends, and environmentally friendly paint products. And finally, the everlasting question, DIY painting or professional painting? Let’s get started!

The Power of Interior Colour

There are many good reasons to select a certain interior paint colour, including personal preferences and overall design considerations, but the psychological power of colour is often overlooked.

 

A professional painter can help!

A professional painter can help you with your colour decision-making process. Studies after studies have shown that certain colours create different moods and can even affect behaviour. As a result, it’s wise to take the time to think about the feeling you’d like to create before even looking at a colour chart. Do you want the space to feel peaceful or invigorating? It will be easier to choose the right colour once you know what ambience you want to create.

Tranquillity

Assuming that your goal is to create tranquillity, you should favour pale greens or light greys. These tones are among the most calming colours. They are perfect for rooms where you typically rest and relax (the family room, sitting rooms, or bedrooms). Should you choose one of these colours, you’ll get a bonus: Light grey and blue tints are very much in vogue this year. Other ideal colours for rooms where you want a restful setting include certain beiges, browns, and taupe. 

Energy

If, on the other hand, you want to boost energy into your surroundings, then you need to go to the other end of the psychological colour spectrum. Yellow is one of the colours that resides there. Like the splash of brilliant sunshine, painted yellow rooms can lift the spirit and brighten one’s outlook. Could there possibly be a better colour for a kitchen or breakfast nook for you to start your day off? Another highly energizing colour is orange.  Shades of tangerine and apricot are excellent choices for any room where you spend your morning hours.

The Role of Brightness

While choosing the right colour, be sure also to consider the right tone and brightness of the colour you select. This choice also plays an important role in creating the perfect mood. Generally speaking, brighter tones invigorate, while those that are muted – more “toned down” — will help you relax.

Quality Paints

Finally, after taking the time to decide on just the right interior colour carefully, make sure to apply top-quality acrylic paint. The highest quality paints made with 100% acrylic are extremely fade resistant, and these products will allow the colour applied to look great for years to come.

 

Why you should use Environmentally Friendly Paint

Independent organizations such as Green Seal, Greenguard and Ecolabel test paint products to ensure they meet the required standards for eco-friendly performance. You can recognize these paints by the environmental certification seal on their label. The most environmentally friendly paint options are made from natural substances, such as milk casein or clay.

Toxins and chemicals in conventional paints

A Professional Painter knows that conventional paints often contain a variety of toxins and environmentally harmful chemicals. Be aware that toxins and chemicals are set free into the air as soon as you open a paint can. That paint continues to release toxins while it is applied and dries. Some studies even show that small levels of toxins emit even after the paint has dried. Sadly, the wrong paint could be poisoning and polluting the air in your home even a year after application.

Be aware of Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)  help hold the ingredients of liquid paint in a blended state. Unfortunately, they also cause some of the paint’s toxicity. Outdoors and VOCs combined with various other airborne pollutants create smog and become an environmental hazard. When released indoors, VOCs are often the cause of headaches and dizziness. Though we know little about the long-term effects of prolonged VOC exposure, the EPA suspects they are carcinogenic.

Other Toxic Materials in Conventional Paint

Aside from VOCs, conventional paints often contain a variety of toxic materials. For example, toxic biocides are commonly added to conventional paint to prevent bacterial, fungal, or algae growth. Added surfactants and dryers are also rather harmful to nature.

Advantages of Environmentally Friendly Paints

In contrast, environmentally friendly paints emit little to no toxic material. They are beneficial to nature and present advantages to our health. Remember that you do not have to sacrifice quality or options if you choose environmentally friendly paint. Many varieties of high-end environmentally friendly paints are available in various colours.

How to choose an Environmentally Friendly Paint

Always choose paint with a low level of VOCs or preferably VOC free. To be labelled VOC free in the US, paint must have under 5 VOC grams per litre. In contrast, a low VOC paint typically has less than 50 VOC grams per litre. Low VOC paint is, therefore, not necessarily the same as environmentally friendly paint. Choose paints free of VOC colourants, toxic biocides, vinyl and other plasticizers.

 

A Painter can help you choose the right Hue of Blue!

Choosing the right shade of any colour can be difficult and frustrating. And because many people love the colour blue, we want to help them find the right hue of blue! 

Professional Painters have an Eye for Colours.

If you consider painting your home’s interior, you may feel overwhelmed by all the great available colour choices. However, you also may feel giddy, like a kid in a candy shop.  Choosing pastels, neutrals, brights, and classic colours can be overwhelming and exciting. Selecting the right colour can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the entire painting experience. Use your professional painter’s vast experience to help you visualize what your walls will look like. Professional Painters have an Eye for Colours:  They can help you imagine your home in a fresh new colour that can make you fall in love with your space all over again!

This fall’s painting trend is dark blue

One current colour trend in interior paint that you may want to consider is dark blue.  This summer, robins’ egg, powder blue and teal were all the rage. But that fall has arrived, and that trend has given way to darker, more classic tones.  Varying shades of blue have been a successful trend on the runways and in designer collections. Therefore, it is no surprise that blue would make its way into your home as an interior colour preference. This fall’s trend toward dark blue paint is great, and not just because of its great versatility.

 

Add colours to your Blues to create different looks

Think navy, think indigo, maybe cobalt, or imagine your favourite pair of blue jeans!  Dark blue is just a fantastic colour option for any home. Blue can easily match other colours to create a modern or classic look.  Dark blue always goes well with white or cream trim but can easily be paired with many other colours to produce unique and interesting styles. For instance, pair it with lighter blues to create a tranquil, oceanic paradise. However, if you want to give your room a funky, modern flare, combine your dark blue with bright yellow!

 

Home Decorations and Painting for Fall

Fall is not only a wonderful time when the leaves change colours and the air smells of pumpkin spice. It’s also the perfect time for interior home painting and decorating. Here are some suggestions to make your home cozy and follow the newest trends!

Fall Interior Painting Ideas

With the air turning cooler and crisp during fall, we all want to fill our homes with coziness and warmth. Here are some interior painting ideas with fall in mind:

Certain colours on the painting palette are often associated with fall. Namely, the darker shades of orange, purple, brown, and green (as they compliment nature in autumn). This fall colour trend may also be easily enhanced by adding fall wreaths or floral arrangements to your rooms.

Planning your vision with colours is like following a recipe; you must measure your ingredients correctly to achieve the desired result-. It’s all about balance. Colours help to create a room’s character. Sometimes the colour is the main ingredient, but sometimes it is just a dash of that special spice.

Ideas for Fall Decorations

Cozy Fireplaces

Fall is also an excellent time to prepare for the cold winter. What says cozy better than cuddling up by the fire? This is easily achieved if you have an existing fireplace, but if you don’t have one, no need to worry! There are many fireplace options available in electric that are plug-and-play!  Just hang the fireplace on the wall or in your special spot. Time to snuggle on your favourite chair with your feet on a comfy faux fur rug in front of the fireplace and relax.

Lighting and Candle Decorations

Warm lighting and the smell of a scented candle are instant mood changers. Why not complement your fireplace with an alabaster table lamp to create the perfect setting? Keep in mind that decorations to accomplish the perfect fall ambience are plentiful. Imagine lanterns on the fireplace, art glass pumpkins on the side tables or LED lightning strings all around the room.

Who doesn’t love a cozy fall afternoon with a hot beverage in hand and the warm glow of a candle on the side table? Soft candlelight makes any room instantly feel more comfortable and inviting. The abundance of things you can do with candles makes them great decorations. Consider scented candles to quickly transform the room’s atmosphere and feeling to a new level.

Home fragrance isn’t limited to just scented candles. Reed and electric diffusers come in many forms of our favourite fall flavours, such as Apple Crisp or Pumpkin Spice. Plenty of delightful room sprays will do the trick if you need an immediate dose of autumn aroma.

 

And finally, DIY Painting

Saving Money and Doing It Yourself!

  1. Decide on one room or area to start with. One room at a time!
  2. Prepare your calendar for nights and weekends to accomplish the task before and/or after work.
  3. Choose the colour you like…did we mention there are approximately 140 shades of white…..?
  4.  Look for family and/or friends willing to invest or visit the bank for a loan.
  5.  Buy Paint.  Be sure you use quality paint.
  6.  Lay down drop sheets and start painting. Not you silly – paint the WALLS!
  7.  Spend hours cleaning, LOL!
  8.   Time for a second coat.  Use liberally to cover up mistakes in the first coat.
  9.   Chase the cat out of the room. Clean Cat.
  10.   Apply the now-needed third coat to cover up the crap second coat and cat hair.
  11.   Apologize to your wife, husband, kids, grandma, and cat!
  12.   Don’t mind the toxic cleaning solutions to get the paint off your skin and out of your hair.  You won’t get diseased just from one use!
  13.   HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PAINTER instead of DIY painting!

 

Looking for Surrey Painters?

Contact M.C. Renovation and Painting today for more information about interior colour painting! We are your Surrey painters! We are happy to assist you in choosing the right colour pairings and perfect versatile backdrop for any room and style.

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