Farrow & Ball's five tips for choosing the perfect paint colour!

1. Plan what you're painting.

Make a note of everything you have to paint before you start choosing colours; walls, skirting, doors, cornicing, furniture etc. This list of elements will become your recipe.

2.Work with the light.

What direction does it come from? What time of day do you use the room? The way the colour shows up under natural and or artificial light is quite different.

3. Create illusions.

Paint can be a powerful ally for making architectural details you don't like disappear. Erase them by painting them the same colour as the walls. Conversely if you want to make anything stand out, do it subtly by using a stronger tone, or really make it pop by using a different colour. This works the same with furniture. You can use colour to cover but also to make aspects of the room sing. If you have a piece of art that you want to stand out, pick a dominant colour from the picture as its backdrop, instead of white; but if you have a large practical item of furniture like a wardrobe, reduce its visual dominance by painting it the same colour as the walls.

4. Start small.

The glory of paint is that it is so versatile. It can be very cheap to experiment with colour in small doses. Unexpected flashes inside cupboards or on the underside of shelves can look charming.

5. Choose colours you like.

It may sound obvious, but we see so many clients who feel constricted by the need to be tasteful. Don't feel that because you have a Georgian house you have to use Georgian colours.

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