To give your home a new look, you can change furniture pieces, pair minimal d̩cor with focal points and maximise natural light. You can also paint the walls Рthe boundaries of your space.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to selecting wall colours – the colours you choose will depend on the effect you want to achieve.

How to create a bright, spacious room

In rooms with a good source of natural light, white painted walls make the most of it, as it reflects the light and makes rooms feel airy. You can also use mirrors to reflect the light and multiply the effect.

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Highlight your windows and avoid blocking the light with heavy drapes, rather use slick shades or valences. If you donâ??t have an attractive view you want to draw attention to, be creative with pot plants either inside or outside.

But donâ??t be afraid of using bright colours to achieve a similar effect. White can play up natural light, but may make some rooms seem sterile. While white is great for open airy spaces, a colourful wall can instantly brighten up a dark room.

Paint your ceiling white if youâ??re going to use colours on your walls so you donâ??t give your space the impression of closing and making your room feel “boxed in.”

How to create a warm, cosy room

Rich, warm darker colours make rooms feels cosier. Keep the ceiling white, so you donâ??t feel like youâ??re in a cave.

If the room is small, paint the mouldings a lighter colour to make the walls appear further back, giving the impression that the room is bigger than it really is.

Alternatively, simply paint one accent wall in a deep colour to give the illusion of depth.

These are some of the general ways to use wall colour, but you should not simply look at the walls, you should take the rest of the room into account.

Walls and furniture work together

Walls and furniture are the contours of a room, so you need to consider them in relation to one another. Furniture that is the same colour as the walls will blend into the walls, creating the illusion of a wider room.

If you have simple, pale or white walls, design a focal point in the room. In a bedroom that would be the bed, so experiment with colour and texture with blankets and pillows, while keeping the rest of the décor simple and unaffected.

To make darker walls work in a room, try not to have too many colours vying for attention. A crowded room always feels smaller. Simple, minimal décor works best, perhaps with a few accent pieces.

So while choosing a wall colour is important, donâ??t just consider the colour – look at each room individually, considering its function and what you already have to work with.