Colour has the potential to become one of the most
fundamental elements in your home. You can use colour to brighten
up your mood, make your space look larger or smaller, or reflect
more light. It can easily identify personal space for you and your
family at home. For the interior, you could utilise colours already
existing within your furnishings and accessories. This can make a
great starting point for transforming your home.
Inspiration is found in many ways. Try taking a walk around your
neighbourhood to see how colour schemes work on the exterior. If
you're painting a room or all of your interior, you can review
Dulux colour cards, house and garden magazines and books. The Dulux
website and colour wall will also inspire colour schemes and ideas.
Have a look in your own home, where you can draw on colours from
your favourite cushions, lamp or sofa.
Use our Colour Inspiration Gallery to help you
in your colour selection process.
What sort of style are you looking for in your home?
Contemporary, traditional or modern? This also helps you to define
the colour palettes you should begin with. Not only do you have
choices in colour, you now also have options with textured or
metallic products. So you see, the sky is the limit.
Lighting and Colour
The amount of natural light a room receives will dramatically
affect the density of a colour. Rooms facing south or rooms that
receive little light will appear lighter with lighter shades of
colour (e.g. whites or neutrals). Rooms facing north that receive a
great amount of light (and may feel very warm) will suit the cooler
palette of colours.
How could colour make you feel?
Yellows can create a happy, sunny feel and will make the room
appear brighter. Yellow radiates warmth and is a reflective
Blues can give a tranquil, serene feeling and sense of
spaciousness. Blues are calming and help us think of our
Reds can create a wonderfully warm, passionate feeling with a
hint of excitement, and are renowned as a colour of strength and
power. Red works wonders as a dramatic entrance colour or in a
formal or contemporary dining or living area.
Whites and neutrals are ideal for creating a clean, classical
backdrop and will allow you to add a splash of your favourite
colour to any space. You have options of cooler or warmer whites
and neutrals, such as greys, beiges, tans, creams and coffees.
Relaxing and restful to the eye, greens create a cool, fresh and
calm atmosphere. Greens come in many shades and can be lime, mint,
citrus, or teal.
Decorating with purple can create an illusion of grandeur.
Lavender is lovely in a baby's nursery and you could easily try a
rich eggplant for a feature wall in your living area.
As a general rule, paint from the top down, that way you won’t drip on areas you’ve already painted.