With autumn well underway, your thoughts might be turning towards giving your home a bit of a facelift ahead of the festive season. With a lick of paint or some stylish accessories, it’s easy to transform a room. But how do you know which colours to choose? We asked the experts over at Dulux for some hints and tips on colour theory to help you pick the colour scheme that’s right for you.
Changing the colour of your walls, surfaces and accessories can transform your living space and create a whole new mood, and whether you’re thinking of decorating a whole room, or just planning to add a single feature wall, the colours you choose can really make a difference to the mood of the room. You need to choose your colours carefully based on what the room is used for, and these hints and tips will help you do this, so you can make the most out of colour in your home.
The colour wheel
According to Dulux: “If you take the rainbow of colours and join the ends together to make a wheel, it’s an easy way to see how colours relate to each other. The three primary colours (red, yellow and blue) are the foundation of the colour wheel. These three colours can’t be created by mixing together other colours, but they are the three colours from which all other colours are created. If you mix together any two primary colours, you get the secondary colours, so:
Red + Blue = Purple
Red + Yellow = Orange
Blue + Yellow = Green”
Colours in your home
Here’s a little bit of info about the different colour families and what they bring to your home.
Dulux top tip – “keep the colour scheme simple and unfussy, use a maximum of 3 paint colours”.
Yellows and oranges
Yellow is an uplifting colour that’s great for brightening up duller spaces, while oranges are dynamic and are ideal for bringing warmth to a room.
Fresh, natural greens can be lively and dynamic, or calm and soothing. From delicate, soft greens to bright, zesty shades, there’s a green to suit every character and every room.
Because there are so many shades out there, blues are very flexible. They can be relaxing and soothing, or opulent and dramatic. Try paler tones in areas where you want to relax, or stronger tones for areas where you want a bit of drama.
Reds, pinks and violets
Whether bright and fresh or deep and sumptuous, reds, pinks and violets can transform any room
There are lots of warm neutrals to choose from so finding the right colours for your home is easy. The beauty of neutrals is that they work well on their own or as backdrops for other colours. Pale tones are serene, whilst deeper colours provide definition.
Reminiscent of pebbles, metals and clay, cool neutrals are contemporary and sophisticated. Like warm neutrals, they work brilliantly alone or as a backdrop to more dramatic, vibrant colours.
Creams are elegant and understated, not to mention, extremely versatile. They are ideal for “forming the basis of classic or contemporary looks that will stand the test of time” and will go with just about any colour scheme.
Some more top tips for choosing colours
1. Consider the effect of different lighting on colours. Your chosen colour may look different in natural light to when you look at it under bright overhead lights.
2. North facing rooms will have less natural light throughout the day, so choose warmer shades, while south facing rooms will get a lot of natural light and sunshine. Choose muted, pastel colours to balance the glare out.
3. If painting a bathroom or kitchen, you can get special paint for each of these rooms. Visit our kitchen and bathroom paint section to see our range.