The colours you use to decorate your home give an insight into your personality, even if you haven’t consciously thought about them. What’s more, the colour of a room can influence how you feel, which is why your next paint colour decision is so important! And with wilko having over 100 colours to choose from, you’ll certainly have lots to think about.
Starting with the room itself, here are a few key questions to ask yourself before you even think about picking up a paint brush:
What sort of atmosphere do you want the room to have?
For example, if you’re looking for cosy and calming, then shades of blue, green and purple are the go-to colours. For a more active, lively vibe then reds, oranges and yellows will wake up the senses!
What will the room be used for?
The bedroom, for most of us is our escape, the place to wind down and switch off. It’s worth remembering however that a living room can often have lots of uses, so although it may need to be a calming space, you might also want it to be vibrant and stimulating. If so, think about combining a calming wall scheme with splashes of warmer-coloured soft furnishings.
How much natural light is there?
It might seem strange but knowing which direction your room faces will really help when choosing the right paint. If your room is North facing, it won’t catch much sunlight, making it a cooler, darker space. Therefore, warmer tones will work best. Whereas, south facing rooms often enjoy the warmth of the sun most of the day, so will naturally feel more airy and bright. Add cooler, muted tones for a cosier feel.
What’s going inside?
Think about the design and features of your room when you’re planning how to decorate, and don’t forget your furniture! Unless you’re planning to replace items, you’ll need to consider whether your planned decor suits the colour and style of sofas, dining sets and other furniture as well as more permanent features like fireplaces or exposed beams.
Have you thought about size?
Dark, bright or bold colours add a dramatic touch to large, well-lit rooms, but can feel oppressive in smaller or dimmer spaces. For smaller rooms, it’s often recommended to stick to white, but this can actually make a small space feel boxy and bland. A better choice is to opt for a warm grey or muted neutral to give the impression of space with a cosy, modern edge.
Now you’ve thought about the room, let’s talk paint in more detail. Did you know that we started out as a painting, decorating and DIY store over 90-years ago? We’ve also been developing our own paint since 1973 so, we know a thing or two about helping families with the upkeep of their homes – and how important it is to choose a paint colour that will enhance, rather than hinder, the happiness of your family’s space. We’ve got plenty of great colours and finishes for you to consider, right here.
There’s nothing boring about sticking to neutrals. They’re the starting point for timeless, classic styling, and are the perfect base for either natural tones or bolder colours. If you get bored easily, painting rooms in a modern, neutral colour will allow you to switch around colours of furnishings and accessories quickly and easily without having to redecorate entire rooms.
If you’re thinking of choosing a neutral tone, consider a tough & washable paint option. They’re scrubbable and have a specially formulated surface to help marks and stains wipe straight off. wilko tough & washable paints come in a range of colours and are a great choice for family homes or busy areas.
If you’re looking for an elegant look, why not choose grey for your walls? Taking over from cream as the new neutral of choice, you can choose from a range of colours from pale silver to dark and stormy charcoal and even black (if you’re brave!). It’s easy to combine a variety of tones into one room without it being too hard on the eye, and grey is also the perfect base to add a pop of colour with furnishings or accessories. Want a colour that sits in-between grey and neutral? Why not take a look at our perfectly greige in our modern flat matt range?
Paint woodwork and skirting boards in a complementary shade of grey for a modern twist.
Forget everything you think you know about pink paint. Gone are the days of sickly shades better suited to hospital waiting rooms – modern pinks are warm, clean and feminine.
Stay classic with a pale, rosy hue, or bring your room bang up to date by choosing millennial pink, with a whole range of blush and blossom shades in between. Accessorise with metallics, especially warm copper and rose gold, to tie the look together perfectly.
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All that glitters
If you’re drawn to all things shiny, you’ll love our range of metallic paint. Whether you want to go all out and paint an entire feature wall, or you prefer to use metallic highlights to enhance a colour scheme, there’ll be a shade to suit.
Combine metallics with solid colours for a bold look – we like rose gold with soft pinks, or copper with navy shades.
If you’re got a creative streak, why not go bold with a unique design on a feature wall? You’ll need good quality masking tape, a 0.25L tin of paint and your imagination! Mask off shapes, patterns or stripes and then get painting. Carefully remove the masking tape while the paint is still a little wet to get clean lines and to avoid pulling paint off.
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Add a bit of sunshine to your home with a pop of yellow. From bright and cheerful tones to elegant mustards, there’s a shade to suit a range of decors.
Yellow pairs well with grey, so try combining the two for a striking, modern look. It’s also said to boost creativity, so would make the perfect choice for a home studio or playroom.
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Get the green light
Why not look to nature to inspire your colour choices? With everything from delicate moss shades to zesty limes and deeper leaf tones, green works well for a range of rooms.
Muted greens pair well with neutrals, taupes or chocolate shades, while more vibrant greens look great with a grey. It’s particularly effective used in rooms which look out on outdoor spaces – kitchens or living rooms with big windows look lovely in a natural shade of green.
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wilko matt english sage paint 2.5L
wilko matt whispering sage paint 2.5L