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5 Tips for Selecting the Right Colour Scheme for Your Home

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


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Time to freshen up the lounge or perhaps bring the laundry into the 21st century? It is amazing how colour plays such an important role in our lives, but finding a colour scheme that not only fits the purpose of the room but also isn’t too “cold” or “flat” can sometimes be a little challenging. And with increased costs these days, you certainly don’t want to go buying litres of paint only to find out that it’s the wrong shade!

Whether you’re about to embark on repainting your bedroom or your entire house, this post will cover some of the main things to consider when choosing colours and offer some tips on how to avoid the common pitfalls people often make.

#1 Tip for Colour Scheme: Consider the Purpose

A great starting point is to think about the rooms you’re wanting to paint and their purpose. Bedrooms tend to use more restful and cozier colours such as shades of blue, green, white, or beige. Colours evoke emotion, so considering the room’s purpose will help choose colours to enhance the mood.

Photo of bedroom showing a desk, chair and mirror on it, with a bed in the centre of the room. The colour pallette in the room is green.

#2 Tip for Colour Scheme: Choose a Colour Palette

A colour palette is a collection of colours that work well together. Inspiration can come from nature, art, Pinterest, or your colleague’s jersey! Start with three colours for your palette - you can always add more if you wish. Of course, if you are not replacing the carpet or floorboards, you must ensure that your paint colours still match these and any other fixtures in the room, ie bathroom vanity. Bear in mind that standard practice is to use the same colour for the ceiling and trims (although different paint products).

Photo of a smoky blue couch against a patterned blue wall with gold and taupe decorative touches.

#3 Tip for Colour Scheme: Stick to a maximum of 3-4 colours

Now that you’ve chosen a colour palette, it’s best to keep your colour selection to a minimum to maintain consistency. Too many colours can make a space feel confusing or overwhelming and there is no cohesion tying everything together. Wellington painters Orkney Group suggest choosing one neutral primary colour and adding two others as accents. The primary colour should be in every room to keep a sense of continuity. Be sure to use each colour twice throughout the house. If you have more than 3 colours to your palette, don’t feel pressured to cram all colours into each room.

Photo of a yellow chair against an egg blue wall, beside a small dark wooden table

#4 Tip for Colour Scheme: Test out the Paint

Most paint companies sell small test pots of colour so that you can test them out to see how they look in the room and ensure they match other colours. We recommend painting a part of the room that gets sunlight and a part that doesn’t, if possible, because it can look different in natural and artificial lighting. Be sure to see how the colours look against the existing furniture too.

Photo fo a cotton candy coloured couch with 2 forest green bucket chairs against a candy pink wall

#5 Tip for Colour Scheme: Be Wary of Colour Trends

As tempting as it may be to choose trending colours, be mindful that they may be a passing fad. We suggest going with tried-and-true colours that have stood the test of time, so you won’t need to repaint in a couple of years.

Photo of a timber-looking bathtub in a bathroom with a white ceiling and dark slate coloured walls.

By following these tips, you will create a beautiful, cohesive look throughout your home that you will love for years to come.

If you need more help with choosing colours, Resene colour consultants are more than happy to call into your home or alternatively, you can drop into Dulux for an in-store consultation. If you’re going down the wallpaper route, Orkney Painting & Decorating recommends talking to Guthrie Bowron who are the industry experts.

Now that you’re ready for your new paint scheme, get in touch with Wellington painters Orkney Painting & Decorating, for a quote to get the job underway!

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