Who would have thought that choosing paint colours would prove to be such a challenge. I know what I want but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Furthermore, I've learnt an important lesson: A paint colour swatch and what the paint looks like on the wall seem to be two different realities. Sometimes it's quite alarming how something called Hay Bale ends up being more reminiscent of a tangerine. That's why it's always best to buy & try a colour tester before you commit yourself to an 10 litres of mistake that you may have to look at for a while.
|Not a Kazimir Malevich artwork but the testing wall|
If you are using wallpaper for a feature wall or a feature colour, you need to think about how this is going to tie in with the rest of your colour scheme and that includes flooring, furniture, upholstery etc.
|If walls had ears that would blush at the language used...|
The bad photograph above doesn't reflect what's really going on here! I'm hoping for Ivory walls with a muted green - somewhere between moss & olive as an accent colour or maybe something more vivid. The feature wall will be papered to provide a textural finish. The black lines represent picture frames. Woodwork will be brilliant white. Will it work, who knows?
|Take the rough with the smooth|
Dulux Natural Calico for walls; suede-like wallpaper for the feature wall; with the inset back wall of the TV recess in a vivid purple (which mistakenly looks blue here). The accent colour is a very small area and will also be echoed in the choice of fabric colours.
It's good to come back to your testing wall at various times of the day so you can see the paint in different light. You also need to see how it will look at night with electric light. Most importantly you need to think about the space: Will it make the space appear smaller / larger / brighter / darker? How will this colour effect my mood? The rest is down to personal tastes...