What colour scheme should I be using in my home?

A fresh coat of paint on the inside and outside of your property isn’t just a great way to give your home a new look and feel, it will also boost its resale value.

Your choice of colour palette affects more than just the walls. In fact, colour affects us every day and can influence the way that we feel and our thoughts.

Whether you are considering selling or are just looking to give your property the TLC it needs, it’s important to choose your colour palette wisely.

Here are our top 5 tips on choosing your colour scheme.

1. Don’t follow trends.

When it comes to clothing, new toys and technology, trends come and go. The same is true for your colour scheme.

We all know that painting your property, whether you do it or yourself or hire someone, is a big job! Rather than choosing trendy colours that could date quickly, opt for colours that reflect your personality and the tones that you and your family love.

2. Start by thinking about your property’s features.

Before you jump right in and choose your colour scheme, have a think about the other features of your property and how your choice will compliment those. Your new colour scheme needs to compliment the beautiful island bench in your kitchen, or the immaculate tiles through your central living area, and even the timber-look furniture you have chosen for your home.

Unless you are in the process of revamping your furnishings or renovating your property, choose colours that seamlessly work together and add to your overall vision for your home’s look and feel.

3. Think about the effect that a colour has on your mood.

Colour has a massive effect on the way that we feel each day. That’s why many of the big brands, such as Apple, Coca Cola and Facebook, are so particular about the colours they use in their marketing.

For example, red raises a room’s energy level and stirs up excitement. It creates a strong first impression, but it has also been linked to raising people’s blood pressure and heart rate. If you’re looking for a relaxed, tranquil aura, red might not be for you.

Lighter blues are seen to evoke a sense of serenity and relaxation, while darker tones create a sense of sadness. Green is a colour of calmness and fertility and promotes coming together. Yellow is happy and uplifting, but is believed to spike temper levels.

Neutrals (blacks, greys, whites, creams and beiges) offer flexibility to your space, so you can easily liven up the look or calm it down through your interior styling.

Have a think about the energy and mood that you want to create in the various rooms of your property and choose your palette from there.

4. Don’t forget the ceiling.

The ceiling of a property is one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to your colour scheme. White has long been recognised as a safe colour for ceilings, however why not add your own flavour?

As a general rule, darker ceilings can make a room feel smaller and the walls feel lower. However, depending on the design aspects in your property, this could add a sense of cosy intimacy to your rooms.

Lighter ceilings evoke a sense of space and make a room seem larger.

5. Tidy your paint to boost your sale price.

While the bones and location of a property are the most sought after elements, buyers will be put off by yours if the exterior of your house looks weather-beaten and the interior has chipped paint in out-there tones.

If you are painting to sell your property, remember that your potential buyers may not have the same personality and colour preferences that you do.

Choose neutral colours - such as greys, whites, creams and beiges - that don’t stick out like a sore thumb and can be loved an appreciated by anyone who walks through your front door. It’s also worth thinking about the colour scheme in your neighbourhood – if the tones of the properties around you are largely greys or tans, a purple painted exterior might not be your best option (the neighbours might not like it either).

Your real estate agent might speak to you about the styling of your property in the lead up to its sale to help boost your final price. Most buyers purchase on emotion and based on first impressions, so it’s important to make a good one.