Choosing paint colour is easy



Whether painting your home for the very first time or updating your home, selecting the right paint colour can be a difficult choice to make. How do you know what paint colour works best in a particular room, or what colour goes best with your existing furniture and furnishings? Choosing paint colour doesn’t have to be a hard decision and we’ll show you how to make the process easier.

Over at we receive regular enquiries for assistance on what paint colours to use and, while picking the right colour is a personal preference, we can offer advice on colour schemes using a single colour as a starting point and offering complementary colour combinations. The easiest way to do this is by using the Plascon Inspired Colour System


 016This free, online tool allows you to pick a single colour and then view colour options by selecting Monochromatic, Complementary, or Adjacent colours. The process of choosing paint colour couldn’t be easier!

If you are still unsure, ask for tester pots that you can apply to walls, or take home paint swatches. Paint the samples onto a white background and allow the colour to settle for at least 2 to 3 days, or stick paint swatches onto the wall.

This will allow you to view the colours at different times in the day to see how natural or artificial light affects the colour. The only fail-safe way to test a colour in different lights is to paint a large square in the room and see how it looks throughout the day as the sun passes overhead.





Picking your favourite colour from a paint swatch is easy, but making it work in a real interior can be a challenge. Room size, existing furniture and the amount of natural light can all have a dramatic impact on how a colour looks, but with a few tricks you can use colour to your advantage by accentuating the features of the room that you like best and disguising those you don’t.



– Use colour to create an optical illusion

In a small cramped room that you want to feel more spacious, opt for white, neutrals or cool blues and greens. If the ceiling is low you can give it a natural lift by painting it brilliant white or a lighter tone of the same colour used on the walls.

Use vertical and horizontal stripes to add the illusion of height or lower a ceiling, or to visually expand the size of a room.

Light and dark colours can also be used to fool the eye. A dark feature wall in a long, narrow room will have the effect of making the wall seem closer, while a light colour will make the wall appear further away.




– Use colour to create comfort

You can make a large and drafty space feel more homely by choosing a warmer palette of yellows, oranges or reds.

When using bold or dark colours you can still bring light into a room by using plenty of reflective or metallic surfaces. Introduce mirrors, chandeliers, lacquered furniture and spotlights to balance the dark shades of the walls. Also use lots of rugs, cushions and throws to make a room cosy – even when you are using strong colours.




– Factor in natural and artificial light

North-facing rooms that have warmer natural light can take cooler colours without feeling icy, while south-facing rooms get less light and can use a boost from a warmer palette.

In open-plan living areas you may want to use colour to demarcate distinct zones such as a dining area, living area and kitchen. Use colours adjacent to one another on the colour wheel to create a harmonising effect or different tones of the same colour for a monochromatic colour scheme.

Choose complementary colours which sit opposite one another on the wheel for a dramatic scheme, such as purple and yellow for example. The same principles apply to adjoining rooms as your home will feel much more finished and cohesive if you consider the way colours complement each other from one room to the next.


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