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How to choose the right colours for your home

Whether you’re renovating or planning for your future home, here are a few tips to help you decide on a new colour palette.

How to choose the right colours for your home

There are many different ways you can breathe new life into your home. Freshening up the walls with a coat of paint is one of them!

How to choose a home décor colour palette

If you’re in the process of picking out a new paint colour or two, you might be finding the process a little daunting – and rightly so! In some cases, the colour you choose can make or break the space, so it’s important to be confident in your decision when it comes time to whip out the paint rollers.

Whether you’re renovating or planning for your future home, here are a few tips you can take on board.

4 Tips for choosing an interior colour scheme

Go back to basics

The classic colour wheel can come in handy when you’re planning a new paint colour. Don’t worry about delving too far into colour theory, a quick squiz at the wheel will quickly show you which colours complement each other.

If you’re feeling particularly stumped, one of the biggest trends of late is an earthy colour palette. Popular earthy tones in this colour set range from shades of ochre to turmeric.

From the floor up

When considering your home décor colour palette, it’s handy to take the flooring into account. As one of the more expensive aspects of your home to renovate, it’s better to make every design aspect in your home work with the flooring, rather than make the flooring work with your décor.

Let the lights guide you

The light (both natural and artificial) will affect the way that the paint colour appears on the wall to some degree. So, before settling on a shade, grab some swatches or paint samples and spend some time observing the space.

The way we see colour depends on these two key factors:

  1. The light that an object absorbs: Black absorbs all colours, while white absorbs none and can instead reflect its surrounding colours. Blue absorbs red.
  2. How the light source works: Natural light (sunlight) changes throughout the day, whereas artificial light changes with the type of bulb used.

    Incandescent bulbs produce warm, yellow-amber light, which can make reds, oranges, and yellows more vivid, while muting blues and greens. On the other hand, the cool tones of fluorescent lighting bring out the best in blue and green hues.

Remember the ‘Rule of Three’

Got a shortlist of colours? Great! Most interior designers recommend trimming the colour palette to just three colours (excluding a neutral shade like white or grey) to avoid cluttering the home.

Most importantly, have fun with it! Colour choices are subjective, so what works for someone else’s home might not work for yours.

3 Tips for choosing an exterior colour scheme

Keep it plain with pops of colour

Unless you’re not concerned about the future resale value of your home, we recommend keeping the exterior shades as neutral as possible. To personalise your home, you can easily add a pop of colour on your front door and play with coloured pots or outdoor furniture.

Three colour rule

This rule also applies to your home’s exterior! Never use more than three colours on the exterior of your house: one for walls, one for trim and one for accents.

When it comes to outdoor blinds or outdoor awnings, our range is available in a variety of popular neutral shades to add that special finishing touch to your home’s exterior.

Match the era

If you’re feeling a bit uninspired, take clues from the architecture and era of your home. From modern or heritage to minimalist or industrial, choose the right colour palette for your home by doing your research. If you don’t know how to style a Federation or heritage home, simply get in touch with your local council and they should be able to help you out.

Once you’ve selected a final colour palette for your home, we can help you find right window treatments to match. Give us a call on 13 13 15, visit one of our Perth showrooms or arrange a free measure and quote with a highly-trained consultant in your own home.

All of our blinds, curtains and awnings are made in Australia and are sold for the lowest prices in the market, guaranteed. Just bring in a quote on any competitor’s comparable item and we’ll beat it by 5%!

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