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Planning and painting a room according to your vision is a rewarding and satisfying experience. Every time you step into that room, you feel the thrill and excitement of having designed it yourself. It speaks to your creative prowess and there is a sense of pride in that!

But where do you start? When you look for cool ways to paint your room, you may be overwhelmed by the online resources or the number of options of paint, texture, colour etc. In this article, we will outline in simple ways how you can choose the best colours to paint your room.

1. Which room are you painting?

This is an important factor in deciding what colours and paint you should choose. Certain colours are ideal for living spaces where you want to spend most of your time. Some neutral colours are perfect for formal spaces like offices or your drawing room where you would entertain guests.

Living room

Bedrooms can be painted in warm, cosy colours like grey, or ivory white for a calming effect. The colour palette across the home is also something that can influence your decision to paint a particular room. For example, if you have followed a pastel theme across all rooms in your home, you would be inclined to opt for such shades in the future as well.

2. Is it a shared space so shared decision?

If the room that you are going to paint is your own, the decision lies only in your hands. The colours that bring you joy can be quickly narrowed down and you can proceed with the next steps. If you are living with your partner, spouse, family or friend, their agreement is also important for choosing good colours to paint your room. Most often in shared office spaces, all parties should be on board with the colour scheme so everyone is comfortable with the colour and decor of the place.

Living room as shared space
Shared Living room‌‌

3. How to narrow down on the colours or style?

Each room is different. Some have windows which affects how much light the room receives. Some rooms are cut in different angles and choosing the right colour for each wall can make the room look spacious and welcoming!

You can start with a test patch with 2 or 3 colours of your choice, let it dry, see how it feels for one day. And if the colours are soothing and feel like the general vibe you were going for, you can go ahead and choose those aesthetic colours to paint your room.

Test paint patches
Test paint patches

4. Ask for help or Suggestions

There are a lot of online tools and apps that can help you visualise the finished look of a room just at the click of a button! These visual paint analysers come really handy if you’re a beginner in the DIY department. You could also ask for an opinion from one of your friends and family. Share your vision with them, let them visualise it and sometimes they can give valuable suggestions that you may have overlooked while planning alone.

Apart from this you can also consult a professional to get suggestions. We also offer online consultation and you can directly contact us by clicking this link -> contact-us or you can drop us a mail at hello@betterinch.com

5. Selecting Paint Finishes

Once you have chosen the colours for the room, it is important to finalise the texture too. You can choose from a range of Matte finish, Enamel, Satin, glossy and many more! Depending on who will use the room and how.

Matte finish paint


A complete guide to choose paint finish type For example, if you are painting a playroom for children it would be best to opt for washable paints so that marks and stains can be removed, and use darker colours that look fresh for longer. If it is a cosy living space, opt for matte finish since it looks mature and calming. Bedrooms and guest rooms can be done in satin finish paints for a very soft look.

6. How furniture affects the Color Scheme?

Often we forget to match the walls to our current decor and complicate our design process. If you already have furniture for the room, choose complementary colours and texture accordingly. Moreover, if you want to highlight a particular piece of furniture in the room, the colours should work with that accent piece. Deciding what colours to paint your room is easier if you will buy the furniture later.

Living room

7. Lighting of the Room

The colour story of every room is highly affected by the sunlight and artificial lights in the room. If you opt for a grey colour in a dark room, it would need extra lighting to make it look welcoming. Living spaces with pastel colours and lots of natural light always spark positivity and creativity.

Sometimes choosing the right light - yellow or white light can also affect the vibe of the room. Some modern lights come with both options so you can have mood lighting as and when you need it.

8. A keen eye for Colours and Design

Since you are planning on doing a project like paint your room DIY, you definitely have a keen eye for design. Use your instincts and judgement for each decision wisely. Take each step cautiously because the end result is so rewarding. If you are not a person with an innate interest for pallets, you can follow all the tips given here and create a room of your standards.

Colored hands of a kid



All of us want our spaces to reflect what we are as people. And that is what draws us to the idea of painting our own rooms. Fun, serious, breezy however we feel, we want to cherish our important moments in our homes where we feel our best.

In this article, we saw that the paint your room DIY is a simple but careful process. Hope these tips for planning how to paint your room were helpful. Leave a comment about your experience painting your room, or any other helpful tips.
                                                       Happy painting!

Next read: 5 Easy steps to paint your room!

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