DESIGN

Choosing Paint Colours for Challenging Spaces

February 17, 2015 | STORY BY JUDE WAYLAND

Choosing the right colour is the number one challenge people face when painting. Now you can choose a paint chip and use your fingers to virtually paint colour on your walls. Scan the chip and give the colour a try onscreen in different living spaces, let the computer recommend colour schemes or email your top colour picks to friends and family. Colour selection is easy and fun with PPG Pittsburgh Paints’ new digital Colour Workstation, which also features one-to-two minute colour tip videos. 
 

 
 
PPF offers us a few tips to help select paint colours for more challenging spaces:
 
Small Spaces:
Use one colour throughout the room to make small spaces look larger; de-emphasize trim by painting it the same colour. The room will feel more spacious, as well as warm and cosy.
 
Long Hallways: Eliminate the “tunnel” effect by painting parallel walls different colours. If you want the hall to look wider, select a light or mid-tone colour for one wall and choose a second hue two spaces down on the same paint colour strip for the second wall. To make a statement, paint the wall at the end of the hall a bold colour.
 
Cluttered Areas:
Paint the space behind bookcases or glass-faced cabinet shelves a bold tone. Colour is an effective way to catch the eye and distract from any clutter, and it will showcase treasured items.
 
Ceilings:
No, ceilings do NOT have to be painted bright white. A pure-white ceiling is distracting if there’s no other white in the room. Try creamy white if your walls are beige, or add drama by using a matte chocolate brown or even black paint overhead.
 
Take a look at PPG's colour tips videos!
 

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