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Hands up if you have ever lived to regret a home decorating choice. Or, if you’ve been asked to admire a newly decorated room at a friend’s house, that appears hideous to you! Interior designs are about personal preference.
However, there are some guidelines that help you to maximise the space available and to create a pleasing overall effect. Particularly when it comes to knowing how to choose your interior design colours.


How to choose your
interior decor colour

Hands up if you have ever lived to regret a home decorating choice. Or, if you’ve been asked to admire a newly decorated room at a friend’s house, that appears hideous to you!

Interior designs are about personal preference.

However, there are some guidelines that help you to maximise the space available and to create a pleasing overall effect. Particularly when it comes to knowing how to choose your interior design colours.

Colour schemes matter a lot! Especially when it comes to rooms you use frequently and buying paint online that you can ‘live with’ for a long time.

Initial Planning For Your Colour Schemes

One of the best starting points is to look at the largest expanse you will be decorating. Usually the main wall in your room. Choose the right colour for that, and then the smaller features of the space can be planned out in the same or matching shades.

You may want to find a bold colour for a feature wall, and then build the rest of your colour theme from there.

How much light is there in the room, and does that change according to the time of day? Paint bought online that looks stunning may look different in a room that gets little natural light, for example.

Also, consider any existing furniture and furnishings carefully. You don’t want to send for paint and use it on walls, only to discover it clashes with your sofa or curtains!

The Purpose Of The Space

When choosing an interior design colour scheme, think about the effect you're trying to create.

Is this a room for relaxing, in which case earthy, natural and complementary colours would work best? Or is it a lively family room where you can use vibrant and contrasting options to make a personal statement?

Bedrooms in bright colours may seem a great plan until you realise it interferes with your sleep. Gentler and more soothing tones are often best where you intend to rest.

Kitchens and bathrooms paint are a great space to play around with colours, though white walls can make these feel ‘cleaner’ and more orderly if they are rather compact.

the power of colour

Different colours have different ‘meanings’ and can trigger diverse emotional reactions. Colour psychology is quite a complex field, so don’t make any initial assumptions without doing some research.

For example, red is not just for danger! It’s also a colour for warmth, stimulation, love and passion. Shades of blue don’t have to be ‘cold’ as it’s a colour associated with being soothed and healed too, as well as lighter shades connecting us to wide-open skies and water.

colours to trick the eye

When choosing colours for interior design, you can select options based on their ability to trick the human eye.

For instance, if this is a small room you may want to choose pale shades that reflect the light, and an even paler ceiling colour, to give the illusion of more space. Any recessed areas can be illuminated by using a contrasting and brighter colour than your walls. Large and rather drafty rooms can be made cosier and warmer by using red and orange in your colour scheme.

your room, your way

After saying all this, you should let your lifestyle and preferences influence you the most. If you want harmony that’s fine, but if you want to be bold and bright that’s your business!