Photo by Bev Sykes

Repainting your home is a great opportunity to have some fun expressing yourself and stamping your personality on a home. Of course you may tempted to go wild and paint the walls luminous yellow, but this is probably best avoided! Here are a few guidelines for painting your home:

Size and Shape

The best colors to use in a certain room often depend on its dimensions. If you have a large, open space with a high ceiling then you can afford to experiment with bolder colors as they won’t overwhelm the room. Using shades that are too dark in smaller spaces will make them seem gloomy and cramped.

As a rule of thumb for any room, a good compromise is a feature wall. If you love bright red but believe it will dominate your den then choose one wall to paint while leaving the others neutral. Chimney breasts can be great canvases for stand-out colors.


Brighter rooms with lots of windows and natural sunlight lend themselves well to more extreme colors. Rooms that don’t get much light should be kept lighter and more neutral – if you really don’t want to stick to neutral tones then consider adding picture windows or knocking two smaller rooms into one bigger room!

Complementary Colors

This classic design secret is a great way to be more experimental with color, even in homes where you don’t have the space and light to be as bold as you like. Consult a color wheel to see which colors have opposites that will help each other seem brighter and cleaner; for instance, purple and green go great together, as do orange and blue.

These might sound like odd choices, but the right mix in a room can add a unique and fun palette to your home. The same goes for fixtures and fittings; dark wood of brown and deep red in kitchens and bathrooms can be offset with light green or light blue walls.

Be Room Appropriate

Think about what function you use your room for; bedrooms and bathrooms are calm, relaxing spaces that should be painted in soothing neutral tones, while you can use more vibrant colors in kitchens and areas you use for entertaining. But neutral tones don’t have to be restricted to boring beige; light pastel shades such as pink, blue, yellow or green are a fun way to go.

Have Fun!

Following these rules will help you create a harmonious home, but keep in mind that this is your home and you can decorate however you want. Show a little creative flair and enjoy decorating your home – who cares what the neighbors think?