The World of Colour, Texture & Design
How to choose a colour
Choosing paint colors is an integral part of interior design as paint and decor go hand-in-hand. Paint colour matching can be difficult, and many factors determine what the paint colours you chose will look like once painted. Take the following into account:
- The Dulux Visualizer app is a clever tool that can help you see your rooms in a specific colour. With the app you can see realistic Dulux paint colours appear on your walls. It gives you a choice of colour schemes to go with your chosen paint colours or existing furnishings.
- Which colours do you like - softer, more pastel colours, or primary colours, perhaps colours that will make a big statement?
- The relative size of the room. For example, darker colours can make a small room look even smaller.
- The extent of natural sunlight in the room. Light changes colour considerably. Take into account where and when sunlight will be in the room. Less light can make darker colours look darker, and more light can make lighter colours appear too light. Also remember that colour appears different in natural light vs artificial light.
- Take the function of the room into account. For example, is it a bedroom, a playroom for small children, a study or a bathroom?
- Take into account how the room will be or is already decorated. Which other colours are furniture, curtains, carpets, tiles etc? Also take into account other existing or new design elements that you want to bring into the room.
- Narrow down your options to 3 or 4 colours and get sample paint for each. Sometimes you can get 250ml samples, otherwise 1litre may be the smallest quantity available. Nevertheless, its more economical to be absolutely sure about a colour before investing in a couple of liters of paint.
- Paint the samples in different places in the room. Make the squares big enough to be able to see them against the rest of the room. Be sure to give your square samples a couple of layers so that the existing wall colour does not show through. Look at the samples at different times during the day to take different light conditions into account.
- Remember that there are often differences between what a colour looks like as a small colour swatch vs when its painted on a wall. Similarly, wall texture influences how the colour will appear (e.g. is the wall smooth, or more roughly plastered?), as well as the specific paint finish that you choose, e.g. matt, satin, gloss etc.
Autumn colour pallet
We are in autumn, a time of chill in the air, falling leaves and the world getting ready for winter. Be inspired by these autumn colours: