Recently, net zero buildings have become the trend. These are basically buildings that have zero net energy consumption – a move to help people get into a greener lifestyle. This movement was influenced by Toronto-based real estate developer, entrepreneur, and community patron Louie Santaguida, and we have seen it gain momentum in the past few years because of environmental and social developers like him. Because of this change in the real estate market, many locals and foreign buyers in Canada have chosen to invest in condo units in Toronto, taking up residence in the busy city.
If you are one of these people and you are struggling to choose the right color of paint for your new home, I’m going to make it easier for you. Here are a few tips on choosing paint colors that suit your home:
Don’t begin painting right away.
You may think that getting the paint job done before buying furniture is the right thing to do, but it will actually be better to pick the furniture prior to painting your home. That’s because it is easier to choose a paint color that will go with your furniture colors than it to choose pieces of furniture that will go with your paint color.
Begin with an inspiration.
Before starting any project, get a design inspiration first, so you will have some idea of the overall look you’re aiming for. A great site that you can use for this purpose is Pinterest. You can create a board and pin photos of rooms that catch your eye, and you can start from there. If you are interested in this, you can also browse home interior magazines and get inspiration from them.
Go for neutrals.
Stick to neutrals when choosing paint colors. This does not mean avoiding colors completely. You can even go with bold colors – but you have to choose where you want that to go. Know where you want the attention in the room to be and keep the rest neutral so the colors don’t crash.
Get testers first.
Get tester paints in the colors that you are planning to use and apply a small amount on a clean area so you can see what it looks like at different times of the day. Sometimes, paint colors look different once you’ve applied them to the surface.
Pick the right finish.
- Flat/Matte – No shine.
- Flat Enamel – Has almost no shine, but is a little easier to clean that flat/matte paint.
- Eggshell Enamel -Has a little shine and can be cleaned easily with just a damp cloth.
- Satin Enamel – Has a little more shine and is also very easy to clean.
- Semi-Gloss Enamel – Shiny. This is typically used on cabinets.
- Hi-Gloss Enamel – Really shiny with an almost glass-like finish.
Understand your undertones.
Not all shades of one color are the same. Understand the depth of each shade so that it goes together with different colors.
Have a color theme for your home.
Don’t use just one color of paint, but choose a recurring theme so that your home’s look will be uniform. Choose different shades of one color, for example, or different colors with the same undertone.
Choosing the right paint job for your home will be the finishing touch, so make sure you choose correctly so you can make your home a little sliver of paradise.