Getting Started: Choosing Colours For Your Room

Getting Started: Choosing Colours For Your Room


Choosing the right colour and patterns for your home isn’t always as easy as it seems. When choosing your palette it’s important to consider the effect the colour will have on the room in question. For instance, will that sky blue make your room feel warm and friendly or perhaps cold, uninviting and wash your furnishings out?

So where should you begin? Personal taste plays a significant role here as well as considering the purpose, style and theme of the room. Here are a few pointers to consider:

One point that ranks high on the list is emotional response. It might seem like common knowledge, but if you detest a particular colour don’t paint your room that shade, even though it may be all rage at the moment!

Consider the amount of light available throughout your home. The amount of light available in a room can illuminate a colour differently, thus affecting our perception of it.

On the subject of light, you should also consider how the colour scheme will look in artificial light or in the evening. Daylight and artificial light actually cast different shades and create different effects in the room. Make your colour selection by day, and by night lay them out in the room to see if they still create the same effect and appeal.
Choose colours based on the style the house was built. Period decors can often consist of colours that may not entirely match your taste and so they don’t have to be strictly followed. Instead, use this as a starting point in the selection of a colour scheme that is cohesive with your architectural style of your house.

Use a theme as inspiration or a starting point. Certain colours can be used to recreate themes. For instance, deep browns, oranges, blacks, ochres and neutral colours are used for a traditionally African palette.

Functionality is also essential. What is the purpose of the room? If you are deciding a colour scheme for a children’s bedroom or play area, a monochromatic cream might not be the best decision. Such a palette would be better suited to ‘quieter’ parts of the house.

The dimensions of a room can also dictate the colour selection. A narrow room, or room with a few windows may benefit from light, fresh colours that will create a sense of space. Use colour to brighten up rooms to make them feel open and welcoming.

These are just a few starting points in finding your inspiration for a colour palette. Regardless of how you decide on your colour scheme, make sure it’s a choice that you personally will be happy with.