The Colour Wheel, Choosing the Perfect Palette

I’m sure that 95% of us that have built, renovated or are currently building would agree that choosing the perfect colour palette for the exterior and interior of the house was up their as one of the hardest decisions to make.

Did you know that there are over 16 million different colour options to choose from? yes 16 million! So where on earth do we start?

The Colour Wheel

Warm Colours are made with orange, red, yellow and combinations of them all. Warm colours look as though they come closer, or advance (as do dark colours), which is why they’re often used to make large rooms look cozier.

Colour Wheel

Cool Colours such as blue, green and light purple have the ability to calm and soothe. Where warm colours remind us of heat and sunshine, cool colours remind us of water and sky. Unlike warm colours, cool colours look as though they recede, giving the illusion of more space.

Create Balance
An important thing to remember when dealing with warm and cool colours is to create a balance. If you want your room to be cozy have warm colours as the dominant and then add a few elements that incorporate cool colours (and vice versa).

Decide what type of mood you want to achieve in each room. 

Colour    images

What is your colour style? Do you like bright or soft tones? Do you prefer darker or lighter shades? Visit Solver & Wattyl’s Colour Designer or Dulux to view colour selections, schemes and to order samples.

Create mood boards using downloaded sample cards and pictures


Once you have narrowed your choices down purchase a few sample pots and paint each colour on a A4 sheet of white card, then tape each sample to your wall, don’t forget to move the samples into different rooms of the house as the colour will vary depending on the amount of natural light that is present.

Remember, if all else fails and you still can’t decide you can always call in the experts and hire a colour consultant. Most painting companies do offer this service.

My Colour Style 

I definitely prefer the cooler colours in white and grey tones. I love Solvers Kitty Grey & Feather Dawn as well as Dulux Lexicon Half.

Helpful Articles –

How to get the perfect paint finish by Darren Palmer

How to pick the right white & choosing the right shade of white 

Colour Psychology –  paint colour affects mood


Hmmmm……… now onto trims, doors and the exterior, stay tuned!


Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s