When it comes to the home, colour can be a difficult art to perfect. The right shade can give a tired room a new lease of life, but get it wrong and you’ve got one gaudy headache on your hands.

Luckily, we’re here to share our pearls of interior decoration wisdom. Here are our top tips for adding colour to your walls.

Don’t be fooled
Don’t rely on printed colour cards, computer screens, the colour on the tin or wet paint – they can all be misleading. The only exception to this rule is colour cards that have been painted instead of printed, but they can be hard to come by.

Try before you buy
The only way to get a really accurate idea of what a particular colour will look like in a particular room is to dab a little on each wall and let it dry. It’s best to live with it for a few days so you can get a real idea of what different times of day and lighting does to your chosen shade.

Make sure your whites are alright
Be careful when buying white emulsions, as some pure brilliant whites are more cream than white.

Again, it's advisable to try a little first because there's no way of knowing which pure brilliant whites aren't very white, unless you're familiar with them. If a paint is just called 'white', it's probably cream, but this isn't always the case.

Take direction
You may want to consider the way a room faces when choosing paint colours.

North-facing rooms can be a challenge because the light is cold - steer clear of colours with a grey or green base and consider yellows and creamy neutrals for a lighter, cheerier feel.

Sunny south-facing rooms are much easier, as most colours work well. Rooms that face west are also easy to decorate - whites work particularly well - whereas east-facing rooms suit blues and greens best.

Limited edition
The colour of the flooring, window treatments, furniture, accessories, the time of day you’ll predominantly use the room, whether you want to create a dark and moody or light and airy feel – the list of things that can affect the colour of a wall goes on and on.

If you're not sure what you want, feature walls are a good way to enjoy a limited amount of colour in a room and aren't difficult to repaint if you change your mind.

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