Choosing The Right Color Scheme For Your Home


Choosing The Right Color Scheme For Your Home

But are you finding the prospect of searching through colour swatches a little bit daunting?

Here’s a few tips to help you break down the project into manageable parts.

Start with the big picture

Begin at the bottom

When compiling a colour palette, it’s useful to first think about your flooring. Your floor will influence your colour choices dramatically, and in turn impact how you use textures, tones, accents and even artwork. Once you choose your flooring, you can work in complimentary or contrasting fabric colours for curtains and furniture, tiling, rugs and other styling elements.


Then move to the top

While the traditional white ceiling is really popular, there are no hard and fast rules on ceiling colour. A non-white ceiling can at once draw the eye up but with darker tones can also make a room feel enclosed.

One solid tip is to always use a matt finish when painting ceilings – gloss paint shows up small imperfections so it’s almost impossible to get a seamless look.

Bring the walls to life

A good way to unify the different rooms of your house is to use one colour on all the walls. If you can’t resist using different colours – particularly for feature walls –  then make sure they match tonally. It’s best to avoid any clashing colours even if they are in different ends of the house.

Skirt around the issue

Skirting boards invariably take a beating over time so use an enamel paint for durability. White always looks great but if you are using light colours on the walls, the same colour on the skirting boards is a good option.

Create an exterior colour scheme

Three colour rule

Never use more than three colours on the exterior of your house – one for walls, one for trim and one for accents. They should match tonally so that they complement each other.

Beige is not boring

Neutral colours tend to work best on exteriors these days. They blend in well with the streetscape, keep the neighbours happy and look stunning when used in the right combination.

Match colours to the era

It always looks great if your colour scheme matches the architecture and era of your home. It’s easy to find inspiration online or around the neighbourhood. But if you want to follow the traditional hues of Victorian or Federation houses, your local council should be able to advise you.

Or, if you prefer a modern twist, introduce an up-to-the-minute palette that has some reference to the history of the house, or go all out with more modern fit out and embrace the style of the era such as art deco, mid-century modern, swinging sixties or some 1970s flair.

Size matters

Make a space feel larger

When decorating a small space, consider using lighter colours on both the wall and ceiling to make the room seem bigger.

Make a space feel cosy

If you have a small room but absolutely love dark colours, it’s possible to have it all without feeling like you’re living in a cave.

Paint one wall with a dark colour – for example, the wall at the head of the bed works well in the bedroom – and use a much lighter shade of the same colour on the other walls.

Bright, vivid and light

When to use white

White makes rooms light and airy with a crisp, clean feel. However, whites can be cool or warm, ranging from a yellow tinged cream to a bluish arctic white. If you’re in any doubt, choose pure white. It works as the perfect backdrop to to everything while adding a discreet sense of style. If you change your mind later, it can be easily painted over.

Bring the outdoors, indoors

Bring the outside indoors by using colour cues from your garden.

The green of a hedge, the blue of a pool or the earthy tones of sandstone can be reflected in your colour choices inside. A smooth transition between indoors and outdoors makes for a harmonious feel.

Bring the drama

Don’t overdo the austerity in an attempt to make a room light and airy. A dramatic artwork, a textured rug or brightly coloured collection of knick-knacks can add personality and warmth to a neutral room.

Use colour create a mood

Style in monochrome

For a stylish look: Choose a monochromatic palette – ranging from warm greys to inky charcoals – but err on the cooler end of the spectrum. Then offset this look with furnishings and trims in either complementary colours or more intense shades of the same colour.

Cool & refreshing

You can paint the room predominantly white, then introduce cool colours, such as blues and greens mixed with lots of white, as a subtle feature. This can range from skirting boards and window frames to a feature wall.

Warm & cosy

Choose deep reds, browns, burnt oranges and muted yellows. These welcoming tones work a treat in living rooms or intimate dining rooms. Darker tones can be introduced when painting structural elements such as staircases – these features simply melt into the background.

Light & breezy

Choose pastels which provide a fresh but relaxing atmosphere. Many people choose lighter versions of a pastel for the walls and paint the trim with a more intense version. This is a popular option for bedrooms and bathrooms.

Finishing touches


Texture is definitely the buzzword in the paint world. But those old sponges are long gone – metallic, silk, suede and stone paints are the new must-haves, providing a tactile effect with minimal fuss.

Busy blackboards

Keep the budding artist in your family happy by painting a feature wall with blackboard paint. The kids can create masterpieces in coloured chalk that can be wiped off with a damp cloth. Then they can do it all over again!

Be bold

If you want a fire-engine red feature wall, go for it! Trust your instincts and experiment to your heart’s desire. After all, it only takes a weekend and a few cans of white to return walls to their original state.

One last technical tip

Stir, & stir again

Don’t forget to stir the paint before using it. The pigment is slightly heavier and sinks to the bottom. By stirring the paint each time you open the can, you ensure good even colour on the walls.

Whether you’re preparing your property for sale or new tenants, or you just want to give the place a bit of a lift, choosing the right colour scheme inside and outside your home can make all the difference.


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