How to pick the correct paint colors?

Are you unhappy with your home’s interior design? If so, you may be the victim of a bad color scheme. It’s no secret that color can either make or break a design, but luckily, neither is finding out how to choose the perfect color palette for you.

Color changes the atmosphere and mood in a room. It can either enhance the overall design or completely ruin it. Where to start:

1. Where in the room in the house?

2. Light – Does it have a lot of natural light? Is the walls lit or in the shadows?

3. What is the view from the window? Is it onto a garden or the ocean etc.

4. What style of furniture will be in the room?

5. What is the purpose of the room? To relax, to have fun, to have family time etc.


Choosing your paint colors:

When choosing colors one would look at 4 colors maxim or depending on the design style. Here are 4 questions to ask when choosing the color:

  1. What is the feature color of the room? Let’s say there is a red live on the furniture, then it could be a goo idea to paint one wall in a similar red as the line on the furniture. Matching these 2 colors will lift that color as your feature color. All the other colors in the room should compliment your feature color.
  2. What is the shadow color of the room? A shadow color could be a light grey or cream color which is used to break the flow between your feature color and your general white color.
  3. What is your general white color for them room? All design needs a contrast between color, black and white. Great design is how you bring and match this balance.
  4. What is the general dark color for this room? Dark color bring depth and deeper emotion. When you overall color scheme is based on a lot of dark colors it bring a cross a very focused, serious or dark feeling to a room.

If you look at the red featured room that on this page you can clearly see that the feature color is red and that they chose a clear white to bring out more of the red and the used very little dark colors a s the red is quite deep by itself. They also chose a mid range grey which is the shadow color that breaks the lines. This can be seen on the windows and pillows.

Get a paint chart from your local store. This will assist you to pick the correct colors.

Choosing your paint:

Choosing the correct paint will help your final product to look amazing! Here is some helpful tips:

1. Is the paint for interior or exterior?

2. Is your walls textured or smooth? Look at the current plastering on the walls.

3. Choose a good paint like Durum, Plascon or Dulux. This will not only give you longer lasting results, it will enhance the final product. Cheep products give cheep end results.

There is a lot more detail when it come to choosing paint. This advice is for cement plastered walls. Wood and iron work uses a complete different specification.

We wish you happy painting and designing! I hope that this article helped you and if you need any advise or painting services from us. Please contact us.


We provide our service throughout the Western Cape.

If you are looking for a painting contractor company that provides an all-inclusive service:

Paint Preparation: Fill cracks and prepare the walls

Prime the walls: We will apply primer where needed.

Interior Paint: We will help you select a great exterior paint.

Exterior Paint: We will help you select a great interior paint.

Wood: We will help you to select a great wood treatment agent.

Give us a call to come and look at your project. We can make suggestions the layout, design style and quality products that will last.


History of the trade in England

In England, little is known of the trade and its structures before the late 13th century, at which paint guilds began to form, amongst them the Painters Company and the Stainers Company. These two guilds eventually merged with the consent of the Lord Mayor of the City of London in 1502, forming the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers. The guild standardised the craft and acted as a protector of the trade secrets. In 1599, the guild asked Parliament for protection, which was eventually granted in a bill of 1606, which granted the trade protection from outside competition such as plasterers.

The Act legislated for a seven-year apprenticeship, and also barred plasterers from painting, unless apprenticed to a painter, with the penalty for such painting being a fine of £5. The Act also enshrined a maximum daily fee of 16 old pence for their labour.

The Paint Master

Enforcement of this Act by the Painter-Stainers Company was sought up until the early 19th century, with master painters gathering irregularly to decide the fees that a journeyman could charge, and also instigating an early version of a job centre in 1769, advertising in the London newspapers a “house of call” system to advertise for journeymen and also for journeymen to advertise for work. The guild’s power in setting the fee a journeyman could charge was eventually overturned by law in 1827, and the period after this saw the guild’s power diminish, along with that of the other guilds; the guilds were superseded by trade unions, with the Operative United Painters’ Union forming sometime around 1831.

In 1894, a national association formed, recreating itself in 1918 as the National Federation of Master Painters and Decorators of England and Wales, then changing its name once again to the British Decorators Association before merging, in 2002, with the Painting & Decorating Federation to form the Painting & Decorating Association. The Construction Industry Joint Council, a body formed of both unions and business organizations, today has responsibility for the setting of pay levels.