Create the space you want

Let your emotions, environment, style – and a few simple rules guide your choice of colours.

How to choose the right colour for your walls

Lettuce green, canary yellow, Greek blue, pumpkin orange, fire engine red, and more. So many colours - and so many questions! What colours are best suited for particular rooms? What does the colour you’ve selected really express? What colours should you prioritize for a specific design style? It’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s no surprise that many people simply choose to go without or find refuge in the comfort of neutral colours. Yet, whether they’re at the forefront of your space or used as accents, bright colours enhance any decor.

The following tips will give you the confidence to make the right choice and strike the perfect balance of colour for your room. So get your pens out and start taking notes!

The emotions and sensations of colour

You’ve probably guessed that some colours can provoke emotions and sensations that affect our moods positively or negatively. It’s important to choose well! The following are some of the reasons behind your favourite colours.

  • Yellow and orange stimulate energy and inspiration.
  • Blue, violet, and green are calming and relaxing.
  • Red fuels your body and soul. (Be careful as it can be exhausting in large quantities!)
  • Grey brings on neutral, peaceful emotions.
  • Black provides a feeling of safety and protection.
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Let nature inspire you

Nature’s colours are a great starting point for your decor. Ocean or sky blue, shades of green from trees and plants, colours of flowers, fruits, and vegetables, etc. are all excellent accent colours to enhance your colour scheme.

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Start with a colourful item

Another source of inspiration might be a colourful fabric. Our eye is immediately drawn to the chair in this picture. This is the item that sets the tone for the decor. Every other colour in the room is drawn from it, with the exception of the pink cushion, which is a complementary colour.

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It’s all a question of light

The amount and type of light in a room is a significant factor in choosing your colours.

  • A small room with few windows should have lighter colours with the least amount of detail and patterns to avoid weighing down the walls.
  • A larger room with lots of light can afford one or two darker walls to add depth to the space.

Select a colour that reflects a certain style

Find inspiration in design styles that speak to you. If you feel drawn to the Scandinavian trend, opt for shades of black and white. Feel like something beachy? Play with shades of blue and grey. Or if you’re tempted to go for a more rustic look, choose browns, yellows, reds, or any warm colour.

The current trend? White walls are making a strong comeback. In fact, some people are opting for contractor white to showcase their furniture and accessories. This basic neutral allows you to change your accessories and accent colours with the seasons.

The three-colour rule

The 60-30-10 rule is a universal rule in the world of interior design. It states that 60% of your decor should consist of a dominant colour, 30% of an accent colour, and 10% of a different colour that will add some visual interest.

This timeless rule creates a harmonious and visually pleasing decor. To achieve the look, choose a base colour that will serve as a backdrop and unite the other elements in the room. Choose an accent colour that supports the main colour, but is different enough to add some interest. And finally, for your accent colour, have some fun and choose a contrasting colour for your accessories and artwork to add a pop of colour throughout your room.

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Playing with contrasts

This last suggestion requires some daring. Once your design is complete, add a contrasting colour. It’s the 10% from the three-colour rule that is too often overlooked.

For example, we’ll add some white or a touch of blue to go with grey, thinking that the blue is the 10%. But in fact, white and grey are basic neutrals, making the blue an accent colour. Instead, add some red or yellow to your blue. It will add a whole new dimension to your entire space. So go for it – be daring!

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Other interesting colour combinations

The colours you choose will give each room its own unique character and ambience. The following are just a few harmonious colour combinations to inspire you:

  • White, light grey, and blue create a soft, peaceful nautical look.
  • Turquoise, beige, and white add character to a room.
  • Yellow, white, and dark grey bring energy and light.
  • Khaki, brown, beige, and other warm colours create a cozy ambience.