23 Apr 2015

Tips For Picking Ideal Paint Colours For Your Home

For many people, choosing a paint colour for a single room can be a challenge – how on earth do you go about choosing a palette for your entire house? To help the process go a little smoother, we have compiled some of our favourite tips and hints for choosing the ideal colours. In no time, we’re sure that you will have settled on the perfect colour scheme for every room, inside and out.


  • Do your research – Take a walk around your neighbourhood and visit local opens for inspection to see what colour palettes other homeowners are using. If you see something you like, don’t forget to take a quick photo or write down the shades for future reference.


  • Build your palette – The best way to build your palette is with shades of the same hue. Once you’ve chosen the colour for one room, use the next shade up or down on the swatch for surrounding surfaces. This will give your home interest and depth, as well as ensuring it all goes together.
  • Work on spaces separately – Too often, people are focused on matching all of the colours used in their homes. This can make the space feel a little unlived in. If there is true separation between your upstairs and downstairs, for example, use a different colour scheme.
  • Don’t forget neutrality – There is nothing wrong with using neutral shades (such as white, beige and grey). In fact, these sorts of hues are perfect for connecting spaces (such as hallways and landings), as they give the eye somewhere to rest between colours.


  • Pay attention to lighting – Remember that natural daylight shows the truest colour, that incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows, and that fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. This is why you need to take the swatches home with you.
  • Test your choices – Don’t be afraid to test our your colour choices to see how they work in the space. Some people like to paint poster board, whereas others like to slap it right onto the wall. If you don’t like the effect, you can always paint over it with something else.

We hope that you have found the above tips useful in picking the perfect paint colours for your home, whether you’re painting the inside or the outside (or even both!). If you’re continuously running into problems with your colour choices or cannot seem to agree on any, we recommend speaking with a paint or interior design specialist; they will be able to offer additional advice.