Avoiding Mistakes When Choosing a Wall Colour

At Red Letter, we are your go-to shop for decorative wall finishes. Whether you’re looking for DIY friendly decorative paints, or stunning walls installed by our artisans, we have all the materials you need for a bright, colorful makeover to any room or area in the home.

One area we spend a great deal of time on with our clients is colour. Design schemes take into account far more than just basic color names or themes, and there are several areas you should be keeping in mind as you choose yours. Let’s look at a few common mistakes we’ve seen people make in this area.

Colours Vs Tones

The first and often broadest mistake people make when it comes to color selection is assuming that a colour is, well, just a colour. That may sound confusing – let’s explain.
For every major colour out there, you can break things down into smaller bins that refer to “tone.” Each major colour has warm tones, cool tones and neutral tones, and these can look very different in a given room. Some tones may appear differently in certain kinds of light, such as sunlight versus man-made. This is why it’s important to try out samples in different lights and make sure they’re the look you’re truly going for.

Don’t Go Too Bright

Many of us want bright, colorful themes in our home color schemes, but there’s such thing as going too far with this. It’s important to consider how you’ll be matching furniture and other room elements with your wall colour, and doing so for exceedingly bright colour schemes is much harder. If you absolutely must have a bright colour, at least consider a pastel shade or something a little softer as an accent.

Going Seasonal

You may think your bright yellow, sunny tones look fantastic during this summer period we’re in currently, but will you feel the same by next winter or autumn? Only go with a seasonal design if you’re 100% sure you can commit to it the full year-round.

Forgetting About the Floor

Not only does wall covering have to complement furniture in a given room, it has to complement flooring as well. Matching here can vary widely depending on whether the room in question uses tile, wood, carpet or some other flooring type. Consider how the shade you’re looking at will clash with or complement your flooring.

For more on important colour choice mistakes to avoid when choosing wall finishes, or to learn about any of our wide range of products, speak to Red Letter today.

Graffiti Removal

As a business owner who has pride in your company, the last thing you want to see on the front of your building is unnecessary graffiti. Even worse than finding that graffiti is knowing how difficult it will be to remove, especially if the tagging was done on a porous surface.

If your building features marble, granite or brick, ridding your walls of graffiti is more complicated than cleaning a glass or metal surface. Porous surfaces require more care because using the wrong cleaning supplies can actually cause more harm than good, and the small spaces that can make fully removing paint more difficult. In many cases, removal of the graffiti can seem impossible. Block walls, for instance, are incredibly difficult to clean, and sometimes the only solution may seem to be repainting.

Our GRAFFITI REMOVER is a gel product formulated to remove graffiti on natural and artificial stone surfaces, cement conglomerates and brick.
It is easy and rapid to use.

When the graffiti is removed protect the surface with ISOGRAFF. It’s a water-soluble, breathable anti-graffiti sacrificial product used to protect mineral-based surfaces.

ISOGRAFF creates a sacrificial surface barrier that protects the underlying coat, reducing the absorption of water and dirt, without altering the breathability of this coat. It facilitates the removal of graffiti, simply through cleaning with hot water.

DIY Metallic Paints

Metallic paints are amazing – they add a gorgeous shimmer to virtually any project and are perfect for surfaces such as walls, ceilings, furniture, fabrics and more!

We have gathered together some of the most beautiful metallic paints to add that touch of glamour to your DIY projects.

Grimani is one of the most versatile, suitable for applying to almost any surface, including metal, wood, plastic and of course walls and ceilings. Applied with a brush it is available in gold, silver and pewter.

If you are looking for a more luxurious finish why not look at the Marco Polo Luxury range. It is available in a wide range of metallic colours and is easy for the DIY enthusiast to apply.

Unimarc Hobby is a water based acrylic enamel, and it is suitable for indoor or outdoor use! The new range of metallic shades, special to give space to fantasy: 20 metallic colors designed and selected to transform items of wood, plastic, metal and wall support surfaces.