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Decorating with a mixture of wallpaper and paint is a stylish way to create interest in a room. Papering one feature wall with high quality wallpaper and then painting the remaining walls with a complementary colour is an incredibly popular interior design choice. But more daring homeowners can get creative with bold and contrasting colour combinations that are sure to wow your guests. Here are our top tips to help you find the perfect paper and paint partnership for your home.


How to
match your
paint and wallpaper colours

Decorating with a mixture of wallpaper and paint is a stylish way to create interest in a room. Papering one feature wall with high quality wallpaper and then painting the remaining walls with a complementary colour is an incredibly popular interior design choice. But more daring homeowners can get creative with bold and contrasting colour combinations that are sure to wow your guests. Here are our top tips to help you find the perfect paper and paint partnership for your home.

Go Neutral

If you are wanting to create a fresh and vibrant look, opting for a neutral crown trade paint or cream paint to complement any wallpaper is a simple yet effective technique. By choosing an unobtrusive neutral shade you avoid the headache of having to carefully colour match particular tones and allow the wallpaper to take centre stage in the room.

This works especially well if your wallpaper uses fun, pop art colours that already dominate your attention in the room. A white or off-white paint on the remaining walls will make the feature colours seem even more vivid and crisp.

Match your paint to the background or the most dominant colour in the paper

For a sleek, interrupted look try to match you chosen paint to the colour which is the most prevalent in the wallpaper. This might be the background colour if the wallpaper has a print design or the colour which the eye is most naturally drawn to. This is a great way to make sure that the wallpaper and paint blend seamlessly together for a classy and sophisticated look.

There are several ways you can perfectly match paint and wallpaper colours. You can use a physical colour chart, coloured thread or even apps like the Crown colour match app to find your perfect match. Make sure you always try to pair shades in as much natural light as possible to get a true as match as possible.

Match your paint to an accent colour in the paper

For a bolder look, pick out an accent colour in the paper to pair your paint with. This is a great technique for those looking to create a striking or grand look in their home depending on the colour. Matching your paint with a darker shade in the wallpaper will create a dramatic, traditional look that works well with Victoriana style wallpaper. Whilst picking out a cool, pastel shade from a busy design will create a room that is seriously Instagrammable and on-tend.

Throw all the rules out of the window

If you are someone that doesn’t like to play by the rules, then avoid colour matching altogether. If you still want to use a paint that complements the colours in your wallpaper, then choose a contrasting paint shade that is on the opposite end of the colour wheel to create a flattering colour palette in your room. Or else, go wild with purposefully clashing prints and for a truly riotous feel.

What to do when you’ve found your match

When you’ve decided on your perfect shade, you now need to find your perfect paint. If you find that you can’t find the perfect colour that you’re after, you might want to consider our custom products. We can mix a huge number of colours together so that you can create a shade that is totally bespoke and perfect for your home.