If you're having a whole home renovated, there are a lot of decisions to make--and choosing paint colours for each room is among the most important. It can be tempting to fall back on neutral whites and creams, but magnolia and its ilk look a little dull and dated once you've got your own place; why not add your own personality to your surroundings when you've got the chance? If you're having trouble figuring out what your colour schemes should be, there are a few neat tricks that should make the decision a simple one.
#1: Come up with a theme for each room
Certain rooms lend themselves to specific themes that might suggest colour schemes to go along with them. If you're decorating a study, for example, you might decide on a pseudo-Victorian feel with forest greens and dark wood tones. More modern tastes, on the other hand, could lend themselves to a bright, clear blue and plenty of glass-topped furniture. A bathroom could be decorated in a 1920s-inspired tiled black and white with plenty of chrome or with the feel of a glitzy pink and purple powder room perfect for any girly girl. Bedrooms can be romantic paradises in rose and passionfruit hues, jewel-toned Bohemian retreats or bright and breezy with muslin curtains and crisp pastels.
#2: Pick a base colour and decide on a variety of accents
Choose a single gloss paint to use throughout your home. If you like strong contrast and bold statements, it could be black. If you're hoping to create an earthy mood, you might want to look at browns. It can be anything you fancy, just so long as you love it! You can then choose a different colour to paint the walls of every room, and just so long as they all match the basic woodwork tone, they'll be brought together by the hint of unity it provides.
#3: Look to your favourite things for inspiration
Do you have a particular painting, wall hanging or piece of furniture you love dearly and want to give pride of place? Look closely: Chances are it already contains all the colours you're going to want. Put it somewhere central--up on the landing is a great choice or on the most prominent wall in the living room of your home--and use the tones and hues within it to give your home a total makeover.
If you're worried you won't pick the right colours or won't do them justice, talk with professional painters who can make sure your home looks great.