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Choosing the right paint colour

With this guide, discover how to choose the right paint colour for a unique decor that truly reflects your personality.

Factors that should influence your choice

It is important to take different factors into account when choosing the colour you will like for years to come. Consider the following: personal taste, the size of the room, lighting, furniture, the type of setting you want and the current trends.

1. A question of personal taste

Since it is your house, you want it to reflect your personality and tastes, as well as those of your family. For instance, why not give your kids the opportunity to choose their own room colour? If you don’t agree with their choice, try to compromise by using the colour they’ve chosen for their bed linens or accessories.

2. The impact of colour warmth and tone

Whether warm or cold, dark or light, colour impacts the perceived size of a room.

Warm and dark colours: 

  • Tend to make a room feel smaller and more intimate.
  • Cover imperfections on walls and trim.
  • Make a ceiling seem lower

Cool and light colours:

  • Make a room seem larger and airier.
  • Reflect light, which makes them ideal for hallways, corridors and rooms with little or no natural light.
  • Make the room seem taller when used on the ceiling.

3. Shedding light on what fixtures to buy

Lighting is crucial, which is why light fixtures should be installed at the very beginning of any decorating project.

  • Natural daylight affects colours according to the season and time of day; a sunny room will appear clearer and brighter than a room with no direct sunlight. Dark and warm colours are a better fit for rooms with large windows than for small rooms without windows.
  • Incandescent light creates a warm, faintly yellowish glow and is perfect for the living room since it is not too intense.
  • Fluorescent light is both intense and energy efficient, which makes it ideal for illuminating work areas such as the kitchen counter. It produces a cool, bluish-tinted light.
  • Halogen lamps produce powerful and efficient lighting similar to natural daylight.
  • LED lighting provides normal room lighting; you can also create special effects with different coloured bulbs.

All interior lighting products.

4. The importance of furniture, carpeting and curtains

Furniture, carpeting and curtains are also important factors to consider when choosing wall colours. Consider their colours before selecting your final wall tone. The ultimate goal is to create a harmonious look. If your furniture is very colourful, try to soften the effect by using natural, neutral hues such as flax, cotton, sand or wood.

5. The right colour for the desired setting

  • To add warmth to a north-facing room that receives little to no sunlight, decorate with a warm colour like yellow, orange, red or lime green.
  • In south or west-facing rooms where sunlight is stronger, you can afford to use cooler colours such as blue, violet or mint green.

Pro Tip

Test a paint colour in several areas exposed to different types of light and observe how the colour varies over a whole day and evening. This way you’ll be sure to achieve the desired look when it comes time to paint the room.

Basic tips and tricks

The following tips are the basics to kick-start your decoration project, with additional ideas to boost your creativity.

Opt for the right paint finish

  • The more matte the finish, the better it will hide imperfections and uneven reflections.It is, however, harder to wash.
  • The glossier the finish, the easier it is to wash, but it will also mask imperfections less effectively.
  • For Kitchens, bathrooms and basements, choose specific antifungal paints.

To choose the right paint finish for your project, see our guide:

Interior paint: from selection to application

Creating colour zones

Colour zoning allows you to highlight a wall, a picture or an architectural feature like a fireplace. It consists of painting a shape, such as a rectangle or square, directly on a wall with a colour from the same colour family as the main wall colour, or with contrasting colours.

  • To brighten up a wall, paint vertical or horizontal patterns, stripes or a mosaic. Start with one base colour, then paint stripes in other shades that can be either lighter or darker and of equal or varying widths.

Having fun with mouldings

Some people like painting mouldings in contrasting colours so they can stand out in a room. Others prefer to opt for a lighter contrast, in the same tones as the colours of the walls.

Depending on your preferences, you can use moulding colours to create depth and add style to your walls. The possibilities are endless. Paint them in a pearl, semi-gloss or a full-gloss finish that is easier to clean.

Pro's tip

Before starting your project, calculate the amount of paint you will need. Your trip to the store will then be quick and effective.
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