Tips For Choosing the Right Colour

Tips For Choosing the Right Colour

It is a little ironic that the range of colour swatches available to you, seem to make the process of choosing a colour a lot more difficult. Piles of house magazines and brochures just seem to add to the difficulty of deciding which colour to go with. This is hard enough for, one or even two rooms. Choosing a paint scheme for an entire house would be enough to drive most of us mad. So is there a way to make these choices a little easier? I think so.

There are only three primary colours. That’s it. Red, Yellow and Blue. Every other colour comes from them. Red and yellow make orange. Yellow and blue make green. Blue and red make purple and so on. These are the secondary colours. The infinite range of shades and textures that we see are all just variations on those basic colours.

Choosing your colours should be quite simple in theory! Then again, if all of our rooms were painted in basic, red, blue or yellow, we’d probably go mad.

It depends on your mood.

Really the question we are asking when we choose a colour scheme for a room is this. What mood do I want to create? Colour theory dictates that certain colours will have a certain effect on us. All colours divide into warm and cool colours. When we want to feel warmed and loved and inspired, we'll go for hot reds juicy oranges or glowing yellows. In spaces where we want to be cool, we could use white as they do in hot climates. But blues, and to some extent purples are an example of cool colours. When you blend into green, you are moving from cold to warmer. Earth colours and neutral tones, of stone and even grey leave room for interpretation. Because they are earth colours they allow us to feel calm and grounded, whereas purple immediately sends us signals of energy.

Swatches are great once you have decided what basic colours you’d like. They will show subtle variations that can be used to mix and match walls. If you are really unsure which direction to take, seek the advice of professional company such as Years of experience can be distilled into helping you make the right decision.

What do you want your room to do?

The feeling you want to create in each room you paint will be emphasised by your choice of colour. Remember that each colour has an infinite number of shades and variations. So for example kitchen’s are often filled with gadgets and equipment. They’re a quite busy space and tend to work well with neutral tones that fill in the background. Some people have found that a lively colour used on one wall is a great tonic and that works particularly well in a kitchen.

Most of want to relax in our lounges and living spaces so colours used here tend to be more muted. Soft oranges earth tones work very well, but the truth is most colours would work here when they are softened. Our lounges often hold our favourite and most carefully chosen furniture, so your choice of colour could be guided by your furniture. Have a look at for some inspiration. It will depend too on the amount to light and sunlight coming into a room. The smaller the room, the lighter the colour.

Bedrooms are calm spaces and suit neutral colours but you could decide to use cool blues or opulent greens and purples. Bathrooms usually work better with neutral colours allowing the focus to be the whiteware and the fixtures and fittings. But why not make it totally funky space? If you are displaying a lot of treated woodwork then you might find that white displays this aspect very well wherever you are.

The main thing is to have some fun with your choices, remembering that it is not the end of the world if you get it wrong. You can always paint over!

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.


3 charming small apartment designs from...

3 charming small apartment designs from Curly Studio

Modest, but contemporary and convenient, these 3 charming apartment designs...

25 charming 3D apartment plans

25 charming 3D apartment plans

Contemporary, beautiful and convenient, these 25 charming 3D apartment plans...

Loft 44 - an imposing Brazilian...

Loft 44 - an imposing Brazilian apartment design

Designed as an airy and open space, Loft 44 welcomes...

Youthful Polish apartment design by Plasterlina

Youthful Polish apartment design by Plasterlina

Contemporary, fresh and convenient, this colorful Polish apartment absolutely suits...

Stylish apartment designs for youngsters

Stylish apartment designs for youngsters

It is believed that youngsters always like things which are...

Banner Architecture

Banner Interior

Facebook BTwitter BGoogle Plus BPinterest BRSS B

Most popular

Google’s extraordinary office design in Israel

Google’s extraordinary office design in Israel

Google often has their own ways to show the creativity and difference. This amazing office design may be one...

Interior Designs

Cool bathroom design by Laufen offering kids exciting moments

Cool bathroom design by Laufen offering kids exciting moments

Cool, interesting and colorful, this lovely kid bathroom design by Laufen can immediately interest any kid in nurseries, kindergartens and...

Royal Dental – A sumptuous dental office in Romania

Royal Dental – A sumptuous dental office in Romania

Located in the prosperous Bucharest - the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre ofRomania, this glamorous dental office attracts...



About us is a website that brings you the latest and greatest news, ideas, articles and features in architecture, interior design and furniture.

Interiordesignlovers is not a retailer. We sell nothing from this website. Moreover, Interiordesignlovers desires to receive every post from architects and design lovers.

Get Updates (it’s free)

Enter your name and your email address here to receive the latest information, new articles and notices from us.

Submit a design

We are interested in interior design , architecture, furniture and lighting, but it can be anything, as long as it's about home.

Email to info[@] with the following info:

  • A brief description 200 words or more
  • A link to a website is always good
  • Email as many large photos as you have