Colour is the least expensive thing to put in a house

Choosing Bold Colour

Go bold or go home! Nothing transforms a room like a lick of paint, especially in a standout colour. However, don’t go down this route out of a pure desire to be “on trend”. Advise clients to focus on choosing colours they simply love, and suit the space, as these will stand the test of time. Nobody wants to be repainting every year or two!

design tip: choosing a white paint is harder than it looks

Choosing White Paint

Although painting walls white might seem like the easy choice for an interior designer, choosing the perfect white is an art in itself. “Pure white” is almost never used, so the designer must consider warm/cool tones, tints, glossy/matte finishes, and how all of these will be affected by the lighting of the space.

"Paint a room white and you have a blank canvas for anything" - Rachel Ashwell quote

Rachel Ashwell on Blank Canvases

It may seem like a cop-out for an interior designer to paint walls white – but the truth is that white cannot be overlooked as a versatile, goes-with-everything shade that doesn’t date and makes spaces feel larger and more open. This also leaves clients with more options for the future when they want to freshen up the space.

design tip: paint swatches on every wall before you decide on a colour

Swatch Every Wall

Before you decide on a new paint colour for your room, be sure to paint swatches of all your colour options on every wall. This will allow you to fully analyse how it will look under all of the different patterns of lighting from both indoors and outdoors (don’t forget to check how it looks in both day and night!)