How to pick the perfect paint colour

Paint is a great way of creating your own unique interior scheme. Whether you’re planning a bespoke paint effect such as an on-trend ombré, a striking statement wall or a tranquil tonal scheme, hopefully our top tips will help you choose the right colours for you and your individual style.

How to pick the perfect paint colour - the look

Your home is your special place to express your style, your personality and lifestyle. When selecting paint colours you should first consider the overall look you want to achieve in the room; do you want to make a bold fashion statement, create a clean and bright minimal space or relax in a warm and cosy home.

Paint can completely transform a room and create a particular ambience within your home. There are endless options for creating the look you want and we’ve picked a few of our favourite interior styles below to inspire you along your creative journey.

Paint Ombre finish

AN ON-TREND OMBRE

This bespoke paint effect is created by blending several tonal shades together to create a graduated effect. We love to create a fashion statement with bright and bold colours but this unique effect looks equally stunning in a soft neutral palette.

Statement wall paint finish

A STATEMENT WALL

A statement wall is a great way to experiment with colour. Create a wow factor with a bold shade on your feature wall, accentuated by contrasting tones on the other walls and on your woodwork. This style can also be an easy way to introduce colour into your home if you’re unsure about applying it to all four walls.

Country classic paint

COUNTRY CLASSICS

We love a relaxed and rustic country scheme. Create a nature-inspired palette with warm neutrals and soft greens and blues for an inviting interior. Lots of light and natural wood will help you create the ultimate rural escape.

Serene paint colours

SERENE SPACES

If you want to create a completely serene and tranquil home, opt for a soft and subtle neutral palette. Keep the tones of your chosen colours close to create a calm and relaxing ambience.

Painting for the light in your room

Colours can be greatly affected by the light in the room so it’s important to consider how different shades may change throughout the day in both natural and artificial light. Our best tip is to test colours with sample pots before you purchase your paint. With tester pots, you can try a colour on your wall and then observe how it changes in different light.

It’s also useful to consider the direction of the room as this will have an impact on how much light the space will get.

Painting a north facing room

NORTH FACING

With the least amount of natural light throughout the day, north-facing rooms can be a challenge to decorate. You could choose to opt for rich, dark shades to create an intimate look or if you want to maximise light and space, go for light neutrals with warn undertones.

How to paint an east facing room

EAST FACING

The light in east-facing rooms can vary the most throughout the day; bright morning sunlight fades to darker evenings meaning that these rooms can look gloomy as the day goes on. Blues, greens and other cool tones are brought to life in the morning sun but still retain some light and vibrancy as the day goes on.

How to paint a south facing room

SOUTH FACING

These rooms enjoy some level of light all day which means that both warm and cool shades are equally practical. Pale colours will work best in more compact spaces but if space isn’t an issue, richer tones will work wonderfully.

How to paint a west facing room

WEST FACING

It’s important to consider how colours in west-facing rooms will be affected by both fading sunlight and artificial light. Whites and neutrals will make the most of any light in the room or you could even try a shade with a red undertone to bring the room to life in the evening sun.

How to choose a paint colour

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