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Colour your Walls

Colour your Walls

Colour your Walls

Colour is a vital element of home interiors. The main colour in the room is of the walls. Colour can change the perception of the house in various ways. Paints, not only protect your walls, but also reflect your personality. Each colour has certain specific feature that corresponds to a personality trait.While choosing the colour for your walls certain factors should be considered.Some tips to help you in choosing the colour.

The human eye can differentiate between several million colours of varying shades and hues, of varying saturation and lightness. Although there may be a great deal of colour awareness, the day-to-day vocabulary used to describe colours is very limited. For instance, most of us generalize colours into simple categories of blue, light blue, dark blue and so on. People do not venture out of the circle of familiar names for colours as they feel comfortable with those. They have subconsciously established mainly primary colours in their minds.

Colour is a vital element of home interiors. Your walls, furniture, draperies and upholstery, all are coordinated on the basis of colour and design. The main colour in the room is of the walls. The curtains, cushions and furniture should be chosen either in harmony with the wall or contrast to it. But obviously the first thing that you would think of is painting the walls of your house. The walls need to be painted periodically to maintain their sheen and minimize wear and tear.

Colour can change the perception of the house in various ways; it can make it look restful, dramatic or intimate. Schemes based on primary colours (blue, red and yellow) and secondary colours (green, orange and violet) are bright and vibrant. Pastel shades and light neutral colours give an impression of softness and quiet.

While choosing the colour for your walls certain factors should be considered. These are:


Light colours make a small room appear larger, just as bright and dark colours make the room look smaller. Rooms can have ceilings appear lower with dark colours or higher with colours like blue or grey.


Colours look different in artificial light than what they do in natural light. In most artificial lighting, reds and yellows appear brighter and blue, darker. Both, natural and artificial lighting plays a significant part in making a room look spacious or compact. White and pale colours reflect more light than black and dark colours, thereby making the room appear larger.


Colour can be used either to disguise or to emphasise certain features like low and sloping ceiling or a pipeline on the wall. For instance, painting the pipe that is sticking out and the wall behind it, with the same colour, will make the pipe less prominent.


Rooms facing south are usually warm, since they receive ample amount of sunlight. Such rooms need cooler colours (light blue or lime green). Rooms facing east are exposed to early morning light therefore neutral colours (grey or brown) are the best. West and north are relatively cooler so they require warmer (orange or yellow) colours.

Colours and its Attributes

Paints, not only protect your walls, but also reflect your personality. Each colour has certain specific feature that corresponds to a personality trait.

WhiteSimple and elegant
RedEnergetic and powerful
Orange and yellowWarm
BlueCool and calm

You never colour the entire house in one shade, even within the house, different rooms require different colours depending on certain factors. Let us see what are these.

Drawing room: Neutral or pastel shades are advisable as these look elegant and also enable you to highlight your furniture.

Bedrooms: Bedrooms should have dark colours like reds and blues. These colours suggest warmth and coziness. They make the rooms look pleasant even on a gloomy day. It compensates for the lack of sunlight. Equally warm but brighter colours like orange and yellow can be also used.

Children's room: Children's room should be painted with bright colours. It should look cheerful and lively. Primary colours with shades of white would be ideal.

Kitchen: Kitchen should be painted in white, light blue or pale yellow to give an impression of cleanliness, openness and freshness.

Few guidelines to remember while choosing colours

  • Paint a large sample board on the wall before finalizing an actual colour.
  • Check the colour in natural light as well as under artificial light.
  • Ensure that the paint is of good quality.
  • Try to complete the paint job 45 days prior to commencement of monsoon.
  • Make sure all the furniture and window-panes are properly covered to avoid paint spilling on them.
  • Do not paint any room with more than two or three colours; they will conflict with one another.
  • Dark colours are usually easy to maintain and also last longer.
  • Once painting is complete dust your walls from time to time.
  • Remove stains by wiping gently with a sponge and mild soap.

  • Alternatives to wall colouring

    There are other alternatives to painting walls. Natural materials like wood or bamboo can be left unpainted, since they have their own texture and are durable without the protective coating of paint. Wallpaper is the other viable option. If you wish to do the wallpapering yourself, adhesives are available with the dealers. It is easy to maintain wallpapers; they can be cleaned with wet wipes. It is suitable for any interiors that does not have seepage and is termite-resistant.

    So, go wild, splash your walls with cool blues or refreshing greens or stimulating reds. Let the colours run riot in your life.

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    Jitendra.9 years ago
    I am very happy to find this post very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post. Thanks a ton for sharing !
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    nirmal.9 years ago
    I found your post interesting and informative. I am searching the forum to find information on painting my house. I am looking for tips and advises on choosing the best colors that will brighten up my house with less artificial light. I am trying to save money and make my home more energy efficient.
    alter.10 years ago
    this is really a wonderful article.
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