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A kitchen with timber floors, marble bench, yellow chairs and stools and a yellow feature wall
Choosing the right colours – be it paint, wallpaper or tiles – for your home can be confusing. But if you follow these four steps you'll find that there is light (and the perfect colour palette) at the end of the tunnel.

Get inspired

Finding inspiration should be your starting point when selecting a new colour palette for your home. There are hundreds of magazines and websites that are devoted to interior design and current trends. You could also try looking through a book of colour swatches or look online for some inspiration.

Living room with white walls, brown furniture.

Decide on a light or dark colour theme

Lighter colours can open up a space, while darker colours have the opposite effect. Also, consider how colours will flow from room to room and how the new colour scheme will match key pieces of furniture.

Dining room with green painted wall.

Trend or classic?

Like all aspects of design, colours do come and go. Mission brown anyone?

If re-painting every couple of years isn't your idea of a good way to spend a weekend, then a neutral palette (think whites and greys) is for you.

But if you crave colour then there's no shortage of options. To minimise re-painting in the future, limit your use of colour to 1 or 2 walls as opposed to the entire room. Another way to add colour is through accessories or wall hangings, which are much easier to switch out when trends change, which they inevitably will.

Testing paint samples

Now that you've narrowed down your options, it's time to get some test pots. Pick a wall and paint a generous section with each of your sample pots. How do the colours look at different times of the day? How are they affected by sunlight? In shade? With the lights on? If you can, try living with your sample colours for at least a week before making a final decision.

Remember, it's better to spend a small amount of time and money on testing different colours or shades than going to a lot of effort and expense painting an entire room only to find you don't completely love the colour.

In-store paint samples.

Ready to paint?

Now you've decided on your colour scheme, find out how easy it is to paint your home.

Photo credit: Dulux

 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.