Avoid the Home Painting Fear Factor – Colours can be Changed

paint contractorsLet’s face it: many of us suffer from the fear factor of choosing the wrong colour when planning for home painting. The beauty of it is, part of the convenience of using paint is also the ease of changing it. You don’t have to commit to one colour forever.

If you are unhappy with a particular shade, don’t just cower in shame and live with it. Take a deep breath. How liberating to realize that you can relax and trust your own instincts. If you are truly unhappy with the results, it’s not the end of the world.

The Courage to Move beyond White

Although white (and its merry band of myriad off-whites) will always be a trusted neutral, every once in a while, you understandably feel the urge to try something new. Bolder, deeper, and more interesting. Colours that express your taste and personality. There’s a whole world of them waiting to be discovered and you’re ready to venture into it. But when faced with seemingly endless chips and palettes featuring impossibly subtle variations on shades you never knew existed, it’s easy to get cold feet.

Rest assured. It’s just the fear factor taking hold, and you have the power to overcome. Not just in upping your confidence when selecting colours, but feeling secure in the knowledge that if you don’t hit the nail on the head the first time, all is not lost.

Tips for Home Painting Colours

When you’ve finally decided to add some colour to your home and are feeling inspired, call upon trusted paint contractors to give you an estimate and sound advice. Consider what colours you are really drawn to, and use them as a starting point. Here are a few good rules to remember:

  • Depending on the size of the space, opting for several paint tones within a palette is okay, but keeps the colours in any room to a maximum of three.
  • When selecting, pick the boldest colour and keep it in mind when choosing the accompanying ones, including any accents and trim.
  • Most of all don’t be afraid! Have confidence and remind yourself that an advantage of paint is that it’s temporary and can always be covered over.

With Professional Painters, You’re in Good Hands

paint contractorsIf you’re still wondering and wavering, a good professional painter will certainly apply samples, as long as the request is within reason. Avoid going overboard and asking for ten different colours requiring as many individual cans of paint, which means potentially wasted time and money. Work on narrowing it down as much as possible first by browsing through decorating magazines, websites or paint chips.

If you need to visualize things a bit better in the flesh before committing, ask your painters to apply about 4-6 square feet of sample colour on a wall abutting trim such as a window frame, so that you can get the full effect.

If all else fails, remember that a designer will usually do an on-site colour consultation, which is a very reasonable initial investment to ensure you find a colour you love. There are enough worries in life without making a less-than-perfect paint colour one of them. With the help of reliable professionals, you don’t have to settle until you’re satisfied.


Vancouver painter and contractor Peter Byrne“PETER BYRNE is the owner and hands-on manager of Kassel Painting Limited. In the last two decades he has run over 1500 painting projects totaling millions of dollars. There is little that can go right (or wrong) on a job-site he has not seen, solved, and lived to talk about.”

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