Create a mood with colour

Understanding how different colours work together can help you set the mood for your entire home. When it comes to looking at the vast range of colour selections available to you, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. Thinking about how you want your space to feel is a great place to start.

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Tone

One way to look at colour is to consider its tone. Tone refers to lightness or darkness of a colour. Lighter tones create a fresh and soothing feeling, while darker colour palettes provide a more dramatic effect and are usually suited to bedrooms or studios to achieve a certain ambiance.

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Temperature

Colours can also be divided into warm and cool. Warm colours, like red, yellow, and orange draw your attention to create a strong focal point. Cooler colours like blues and greens are softer on the eye, and tend to recede into the background, giving a sense of more space. Learn more about creating a colour scheme for your home.

White & Neutrals

Fresh, natural, and timeless; whites and neutrals are classic, versatile colour choices that form the basis for many interior styles. These shades are often used in shared spaces of a home such as kitchens and living rooms as they are timeless and a simple backdrop to our daily lives. With so many shades to choose from, it can be tricky to find the perfect white for your home. Rooms flooded with plenty of natural light suit cooler tones, while warmer whites and neutrals can help to brighten up a darker space. Always trial colours in your own home using a Dulux sample pot to confirm your colour choice.

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Greys

From welcoming warm tones through to cooler swatches, a grey colour palette creates a flexible backdrop that suits both natural materials and man-made additions. A popular colour choice for both interior and exterior surfaces, greys can help to open up a space, or create a soft, cocooning environment.Use deeper tones in spaces such as bedrooms or bathrooms where you're looking to add depth. Lighter tones are great for living spaces to bring together other colour accents.

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Browns

Create a peaceful, serene sanctuary in shades of brown. From rich chocolatey tones, through to tan, toffee and taupe — browns evoke a sense of decadence that suit both classic and contemporary styles. The natural, earthy hues add a grounding element to your home, ripe for relaxation. Browns work well in communal areas of the home such as kitchens and dining spaces as they are neutral enough to pair well with timber and metallic elements, yet still give your space an edge.

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Blues

Blue hues are perfect for a tranquil and calming zone. Available in a rich spectrum from moody sophistication through to light, airy blue-grey tones, blue is a versatile and easily-complemented colour choice for interior and exterior spaces alike. They work magically in master bedrooms and as feature walls in larger spaces without clashing with textured interiors.

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Greens

Bring a sense of the outdoors in by introducing green hues into your home. A calming addition that creates a fresh ambience, green tones make a dramatic statement that breathes life into any room. Greens tend to work very well in utility spaces such as bathrooms and laundry spaces as they can brighten up smaller spaces and make them feel more inviting.

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Pinks & Purples

Elegant jewel tones like pink and purple introduce a feeling of luxury. Create a timeless style with a contemporary edge in warm, rich hues; or instill soft relaxation to bedrooms and playrooms in muted tones. A deep purple can also bring a touch of sophistication to special zones in your home like a dining space for special occasions.

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THE RIGHT COLOUR

THE RIGHT COLOUR

Once you’ve chosen your colour — don’t risk the result. The only way to bring your favourite hues to life at home is to mix Dulux colours with Dulux paint products. With Dulux Wash&Wear, you’ll get exact colour accuracy as well as a finish that will look freshly painted for longer.

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Still not sure which colour is right for your space? Dulux Colour Design Service takes the guesswork out of colour selection and considers all finishes in the space. Our qualified interior designers are now available for online and in-person appointments.

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