Interior Painting

Part 2 of interior design ideas. We all know that the dreary days of winter can leave many of us restless for change or challenge. This is often the case when it comes to our homes interior especially when it is where we spend much of our time during the colder months.

So, if you’re tired of staring at four neutral-coloured walls, you might want to consider a new coat of interior paint.


Interior Painting Tips From The Style Plus Design Team

Painting is the fastest, easiest and least expensive way to change the look and feel of your whole home. And, with so many palettes of colours available today, there is no better time than the present to pick up the paint brush or roller and get to work.

That is easy said, but for many people choosing a colour can be one of the most challenging aspects of redecorating an interior. There are so many beautiful colourful choices available these days, you may end up feeling like you don’t know where to start or resort back to white or a cream neutral yet again.

There are some basics to follow and the following tips from Style Plus are designed to help ease the worry and confusion of selecting a pleasing colour palette for your home:

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What will help me to decide which colour is best for my room?

There are many tools available these days to help consumers choose paint colour. For example, Resene has a number of free tools to help you decide on your choice of colour:

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Colour Charts
Online - Resene EzyPaint - Import your own images and create areas you can paint using EzyPath.

Testpots - it is recommended that you always trial your colour in the area you are planning to paint. A testpot of your chosen colour/s allows you to ensure that the colour looks as intended in the area being painted. It is best to paint the colour onto an A3 or A4 piece of paper rather than directly onto the wall. This way you can move the paper around the room to see how the paint looks in different lights and areas rather than have numerous squares of multi coloured paint on the walls. If you are trying a number of shades please remember to write the name of the paint colour on the back!

Colour wheel - Colour wheel - this is designed to simplify colour selection, allowing users to work to basic colour scheme guidelines, such as complementary, split complementary and opposites, to quickly develop colour schemes. Find out more about colour wheels. Resene have colour wheels are available from Resene Colour Shops and from their online shop.

What colour should I paint my ceiling?

Ceiling colour is purely a personal preference. Typically, white or off-white colours are used to help create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Medium to dark colours will create the illusion of a lower ceiling and a more intimate space such as a bedroom. To unify the room, choose a colour for the ceiling that is a tint of the wall colour such as a full strength shade on the walls and ½, ¼ or ⅛ strength of the same shade for the ceiling.

Should trim work or mouldings be painted the same colour as the walls, or should they be printed lighter or darker than the wall colour?

To disguise ordinary or unattractive trim work, or to create a monochromatic look, use a trim colour that is the same colour as the walls. If you want to accentuate trim work, use a different colour (lighter or darker) than the walls or the same colour as the ceiling.

How does colour affect a room’s size?

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Generally, strong, warm colours like reds, oranges and yellows tend to draw walls in and make a room feel cosier. These colours are known as advancing colours because they jump out and meet the eye.

Conversely, receding colours like blue, green and violet tend to make a room look larger because they ‘stand back’ visually. Actually, there are no hard and fast rules with colour however; strong colours such as royal blue and hunter green will make the walls more dominant, and thus closer. Small rooms are best made to appear larger by painting them white or a neutral colour. Additionally, monochromatic colour schemes will open up a room, while contrasting colours can make the room dynamic but smaller.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?

Over a larger surface area, most colours appear darker. It’s a good idea to choose colours a shade or two lighter than what you want or go half strength. Clean, bright colours can appear either lighter or darker depending on the surrounding colours and lighting in the room.


Decorating should be fun, so relax and enjoy the process, as well as the end-result.

If you are still uncertain about the colour to choose and would like some guidance, at Style Plus we can arrange an interior colour consult and/or a professional painter to undertake your painting requirements.

Book your consultation today and kick start your renovation project!



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