This is a guest post by Maria Killam from Colour me Happy. Her no-nonsense colour advice, friendly and inspiring writing style quickly turned Colour me Happy into one of the top 10 colour blogs in North America with readers in over 150 countries around the world.  Her blog has been featured in the Washington Post five times.

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Hi everyone, I will be writing a few posts for Pure Painters and we are starting with the basics. We’ll be covering everything you need to know about choosing colours including things you didn’t know about what it takes to make your house beautiful using the correct, environmentally friendly paint as well.

1. If your house has just been renovated or you are moving into a new house and need colours, it will be difficult for you to get excited about any colour unless it relates to something.

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2. If you are not moving in with existing furniture, start with the fixed finishes. If you have granite in your kitchen and it has 5 colours in it already, one of them should be your wall colour.

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3. If you are painting a room like an office and you already know you won’t be adding any drapery or upholstered furniture, choose a colour over a neutral. My clients are usually the most critical of neutrals when there’s nothing to match because they can look bad without context while a colour you love will make you happy every time you walk in the door.

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4. To choose a colour scheme start in the living room. Look at the largest elements of the space, your rugs, sofa or drapery. They will dictate the wall colour first.

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5. Always test the paint colour in the space it will be in. Paint a sample on a 1/2 size poster board and move it around the room. If you have any colour on the walls, make sure you hold another white posterboard behind the colour. Otherwise you will visually compare the new colour to the old one and will most likely cause you to choose the wrong colour.

The biggest question most people ask is “How do you create flow? How do you transition the colour from one room to another?”  Choosing a palette that flows is way more than just taking one colour and going from light to dark so if you need help choosing your colours,  a free one hour colour consultation is included when you hire Pure Painters to transform your house with colour!