Master the basics and learn how colour works with our how to guide. 

Choose your colour

Choosing Your Colour

Colour isn't as complicated as you think, once you get the basics it's easy to create a palette that works well for every room in your home. There are 4 key elements to colour: temperature, tone, hue, and chroma. 

Colours and textures can transform your space and are important for good interior design. A new lick of paint can do wonders and can change the mood and atmosphere of a room. 

Temperature

Turn up the temperature or keep it cool with the use of colour. Colours are divided into two groups, warm and cool. Your choice of colour will impact mood and depth perception, so it's important to decide if you want the colour to recede or provide a strong focus. Take a look at both colour groups below. 

Warm Colours

Such as red, yellow and orange; evoke warmth because they remind us of things like the sun or fire. These colours draw attention to the space and are a strong focus in the overall look of the room. 

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Cool Colours

Such as blue, green, and purple (violet); evoke a cool feeling because they remind us of things like water or grass. These colours are softer to the eye and will give you a feeling of a larger space within the room. 

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Tone

This refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour.
Adding black darkens tone, adding white lightens it.

Light Tones

Give and airy feeling and can make a room appear larger.

Dark Tones

Dark tones evoke a mood of sophistication and elegance.

Hue

Hue is another word for colour, and is the foundation of any colour scheme. Hues can be Primary (red, blue and yellow), Secondary (mixes of two primary colours) or tertiary (combinations of primary and secondary colours)

Lighting

Natural and artifical light impacts the way colours present themselves. 

Bright Rooms

Bright rooms flooded with natural light, look great with cool whites and neutrals

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Dark Rooms

While warmer whites brighten up dimmer or south facing rooms. 

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Chroma

Chroma literally means 'colourful' and 'bright' and refers to the intensity of the colour. Chroma colours are bold and make a room or surface pop. They are best used on feature walls or focal points like a front door. 


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Choosing the right dulux colour

Choosing the Right Colour

Wherever you see a heart icon, you can save something to MyProjects. In here, you can save everything you need to pull off the perfect project. The Dulux website has an incredible array of things to help you complete your project, so sign up and use MyProjects to keep it in one place! 

This is the best way to organise and develop your own scheme. Save inspiration, colours and how-to's to your projects to nail your next painting job.