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Choosing the right paint colour can seem totally overwhelming as there are so many options available. But don’t panic, we show you how to narrow down these options and find the perfect paint colour for your home.

(This article first appeared on the Cambridge News website)

Your first step is to find the correct paint range for you, this will immediately help to edit your options. For example if you like strong, historical paint colours, the Little Green Paint Company have a range of  true historic colours authenticated by English Heritage. Or if you prefer more subtle neutrals the Paint Library have an Architectural Colours range which consists of pastel whites and neutrals arranged in graduated shades of tone.

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Next, buy tester pots of the colours you like and paint up a sample, as large as possible, at least A4 sized to put on the wall. This will give you an idea of what the colour will look like in situ and will allow you to refine your choices.

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While the paint sample is on the wall look at it in different lights, a colour can look totally different at various stages throughout the day and you will need to take this into account.

You will also need to look at how the colour will work with the rest of your scheme such as flooring, curtains and furniture. You can’t choose a paint colour in isolation as it will need to complement and work with all of the other elements in your scheme.

And finally consider your woodwork and ceiling as well. Do you want to make a feature out of skirting and cornicing or do you want to keep it neutral? In this image by Farrow and Ball the woodwork has been painted a strong, dark colour to contrast with the light wall colour above to create a dramatic effect.

Image credits: Little Greene Paint Company, Sanderson, Fired Earth, Farrow and Ball

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