A silent language through which you can read the inexplicable, decrypt the unperceivable, sublime the subtlety.
One of the most expressive medium in our life.
Colours have a mysterious way of shaping our thought process and influencing our psychological reactions. Some particular colours are directly related to increased blood flow, eyestrain, and sometimes even metabolism!
Everything null and void, hues and tints of colours can change the whole personality of the background. Especially, when we’re talking about the interior and exterior house walls.
So, are you planning to paint your house with a different touch of colours than usual? Pick the right hues and tones that work for your home’s style and architecture, and spice up your living space from our carefully curated tips below.
Before we begin, let’s have a quick look at how we’ve arranged the whole piece:
- The connection between colour and our persona
- Explaining the colour wheel phenomenon
- Inspirations for interior paint colours
- Inspirations for exterior paint colours
Think about the room where a child is born or grow up it. The perception of colours or the part of the electromagnetic spectrum first derives from the shades of those walls.
Colours are very much able to connect the neuro-pathways in our brain. Our eyes have rods and cons to that help us differentiate different colours. When we see a colour, the colour passes through the retinal cells in our eyes. Our receptor cells absorb the tints or hues of that colour and send a direct signal to our brains where the colour is interpreted. These particular brain impulses eventually invoke our emotional and psychological responses by regulating the endocrine glands.
We can see how colour is associated with a child’s psychological stimulation, since day one.
Before you choose the right colour for your house painting, you need to know about the colour wheel phenomenon. Colour wheel is the illustrative guidance of colour hues around the circles and visual effects of each primary colour combinations. The reason why a colour wheel is an essential tool for you is that it will give you an understanding of better colour narratives as you get to know the analogous or complementary relationship between the colours.
Here’s how the colours are placed in a hierarchical order:
- Primary colours: Primary colours are the pigments from which all the colours are derived. The primary colours are –
- Secondary colours: These are the basic mixture of the primary colours –
- Orange (Red+Yellow)
- Green ( Blue+Yellow)
- Violet (Red+Blue)
- Tertiary colours: Blue-Purple, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Yellow-Orange, Red-Orange, Red-Purple, etc.
- Neutral colours: (Earth tones, textured); Black, white, grey, brown, beige, taupe, brown, ivory, cream. Just with a limited palette of primary colours, these neutral tones are made.
Read more: Principles of colour and colour wheel
Now that you know about the colour wheel and fusions of colours let’s get started with some enticing painting ideas for both your interior and exterior painting.
1. Green-based Pops
Depending on its undertone textures, green can be a colour calmness, buoyancy, harmony, and renewal. Its soothing and refreshing multitude of lighter shades darker tones can easily bring the splash of life if you don’t have the time for bevvies of added greenery into your interior.
2. Earthly Green Hues
Leafy green, deep statement green, lime-citrus green, sea green: with the versatility of green shades, you can create a refreshing ambience with a concept of a few wild forest canopies!
3. Tropical Feel
Whether in the sizzle of summer or the mist of spring- neutral colours aqua, coral, tangerine, pastel, turquoise in between your walls can easily add a considerable swath of colours to make a warm tropical feel. The intensity of these tones with various shades of pink, orange, yellow and other tertiary colours can stir up a summery feel in no time.
4. All Shades of Purple
Purple combines the two tertiary colours, blue and red. The unification of blue’s subtlety and the red’s vigorous spirit on your walls can make your interior instantly invigorating! Purple colour ranges all the shades and hues from, neutral to bold to give and uplifting energy to your room no matter which palette you choose.
5. Hues of Statement Red
If you want to create a bold statement on your walls with a multitude of emotions, red is the ultimate colour palette for you. Shades of red like crimson, wine, scarlet, rustic red etc. against the subtle tints of earthly colour or the pop of tertiary colours are fabulous fusions to make a strikingly beautiful interior, with a statement!
6. Blue as the Warmest Colour
Blue colour has a calming-stabilsing effect on our mind. For your interior colour paintings, nothing can go wrong with the hues and tints of blue. It’ll give your house a soothing effect despite your interior decorating style, from regal to nautical! Surprisingly, you can go bold with the darker shades of blue and great a statement against colours like toupe, white, mocha, turquoise and so on!
7. The Clasp of Black
To give your interior an edgy and modern appearance (before thinking about adding the decorative pieces), black is your ultimate go-to. The best thing about black is, it literally goes against any shades of any colour! With this colour of elegance and prestige, you can create a stinking accent wall without painting the whole space! Consider large decorative pieces against the black colour to draw the attention on your décor naturally.
8. Modern Monochromatic Scheme
Steely grey or charcoal grey – from contemporary to opaque, all kinds of monochromatic shades are now massively popular worldwide, mainly because of its modern and moody schemes for all sort of exterior architectures. To add an instant zestful look to your curb within this monochromatic tincture, consider painting the front door or the gate with bright-captivating colour like ruby-red, and see the dramatic change by yourself.
9. Rustic Home Appearance
If your house is surrounded by spacious yards and natural foliage, you can give your house curb a rustic look.
A fusion of dark brown with the organic brown or burnt orange undertone texture on your exterior wall trims will give your curb rustic timber appearance and grounded style and a natural tinge to your exterior which will blend in with nature easily.
10. Vibrant Accent Tones
Light colours like pastel, coral, turquoise, lime yellow etc. are growing popularity to accentuate architectural details when it comes to exterior painting. Since bright colours will easily make your façade stand out, go for modern terracotta colours and evoke a vibrant, Tuscan aesthetic.
11. Warm-earthly Shades
For simple yet elegant, minimalist curb appearance of your house, mirror with the earthly shades like Yorkshire brown, coral, mint green, slate grey etc. for a tellurian flare of life that invokes a sense of tranquil and serene abode.
12. Citrus and Autumnal Colour Splash
Warm, autumnal colours like orange, yellow, and red are very captivating colours to pull the wall towards the eye. These colours also make your space appear smaller. If you want to make your room look smaller and cosier, go for the warm shades. Citrus tones lime yellow or leafy green evokes the sensibility of broader house curb.
13. Classic White with Layered Neutrals
White is undoubtedly the most timeless colour for contemporary house curbs. And just by getting the exterior rimmed with accent shades of purple, brown, green or blue- you can soften and stabilise your surrounding!
14. The Classics: the Subtle Shade of Tranquil Retreat
Wooden colours for warmth: limestone façade offers a base that’s in tune with both the home’s architecture and the natural landscape. To keep the colour vibe low-key and minimalist, shutters and windows are painted a neutral yellow shade that nearly blends in the stonework.
15. Colours of Asymmetry
Symmetrical homes with an asymmetrical blend of colours evoke a sense of rejoicing. Play with your favourite, light-coloured palette rimmed by darker accents. The home softens into its surroundings, a while a bright blue door spotlights the elegant architecture of the entryway.
16. Colour Contrastive Tudor-style Exterior
Multiple asymmetrical facades, steep roof-lines, and elaborate brickwork and chimneys are some of the most distinctive Victorian features of Tudor-style houses. With darker colour shades rimmed by accent tones, you can give your home appear to be more whimsy.
17. Detailing with White
Keep your house curb fresh with the details around the rims, and window trims and multiple architectural lines with a striking all-white exterior. If you want to make the paintings more prominent, go for neutral shades like marble white, white dove for the details emulsion.
Colours in the house play a vital role in swaying our actions and our perspectives. The symbolism of colours is way dynamic that we can quite comprehend. So before painting your house, consider consulting with professional painting services to choose the best colour schemes for your walls, and create a personality that defines your inner-self.