Walls are the most important
part of any structure. Selecting the right colours
for the walls, windows and wood surfaces is perhaps one of the most difficult
things about building a home. From arriving at a consensus on which colour would go where, to deciding on the type of finish,
to finally zeroing in on the brand of paint to buy, the process can be
laborious and painstaking. The color on your walls sets the ‘mood’ of the
room or the entire house .Therefore colours should
be chosen with care and such that they match the room, its purpose and of
course, the furniture in the room.
There’s a dizzying array of paint varieties on the shelf, computer-assisted
paint section facilities, precision paint mixers and the advice of specialist
colour consultants to top it all, to help one take
care of the painting on one’s home. If there is any difficulty today it is in
making a choice from among the plethora of shades and brands at a paint shop
for each room.
It is the colours that impart the final and
finishing touch to a dwelling. How to make it most appealing and aesthetic is
what takes some planning and consideration. The colour
scheme depends upon a lot of factors like the size of the room, lighting
(both artificial and natural), the functional requirement of the room and the
type of furniture and furnishings being used in the room
Light colours, colours
with a lot of white in them, make an area seem larger, spacious and airy.
Hence, smaller rooms painted in light colours for
wall and ceiling seem more spacious .This effect can be enhanced by matching
the colours with furnishings.
Dark colours, being more ‘solid’, seem heavier and
bring surfaces closer. They give the impression of less space.
Neutral colours like white, cream or grey create a
soft and easy ambience. However, it is better if it seems like one colour dominates. A touch of flair can be added by
choosing brightly accented furnishings in a room. Earthy colours
like terracotta, deep reds and browns will give your room an ethnic look.
Too many colours in one room may prove distracting.
A bolder approach could be using more than one colour
for the background, maybe a combination of contrasting colours
like red and blue.
Painting of a home consists of two main categories, namely interior
and exterior paints .They are areas to be
Before the painting work begins, make sure that all surface pores and cracks
are smoothed out using filler. Aberrations like nail holes, cracks and other
defects should be properly filed and smoothened. Apply a coat of primer
before painting. Ensure that the thickness of the paint applied is uniform
across the surface .The paint should be devoid of variations in texture and
finish in areas such as edges, corners and crevices.
For exterior walls there are four classes of emulsion paints - economy,
regular, elastomeric and textural paints. All these varieties have common
features such as resistance to weather, adequate longevity, and resistance to
The latest rage in exterior paint is the textural paint. Often very
expensive, these paints can give walls pre-designed textures. Application of
such paints requires a fiberglass board to be affixed to the surface before
paint is applied. Special rollers are used to apply the paint.
Interior paints for walls, windows and other surfaces have evolved
drastically over the years. In addition to already available distemper paints
in different shades, a variety of emulsion paints are also available now .The
choice is between the economy, regular, premium and luxury categories.
As with exterior varieties, paints for interior walls too come in the
textural/designer variety. These paints give a special flair to the internal
walls, showcasing a texture. Today the customer can actually see how a
surface looks painted with the paint he wishes to buy. Furthermore, software
from leading paint companies now allow customers to
mix and match colors and shades, to find the perfect shade. These
computer-assisted paint dispensers and mixers allow a client to order for the
exact shade of paint he has in mind.