Follow these 10 strategies to get the best look for your home before you start decorating.
Selecting paint colours can be a very subjective, and difficult, process.
But there are several practical considerations that can help to make your decision easier.
Here are our top suggestions to help you pick out the paint colours and sheens that you’ll be happy to have on your walls for years to come.
It can be difficult to tell what a colour is going to look like on your walls just by holding up small paint swatches, so many manufacturers offer sample pots of their colours.
Depending on the brand, they’re available in 100-500ml pots, costing from about $6 to $12.
They’re a good investment, as they may prevent you wasting money on a colour you later find isn’t right.
And because colours can change dramatically under different lighting conditions, instead of applying the sample paint directly onto the wall, you can also try rolling it onto a large sheet of cardboard.
This way, you’ll be able to move the cardboard around a room and view the sample in different spots.