Colour is a vital element of home interiors. Your walls, furniture, draperies and upholstery, all should be coordinated on the basis of colour and design. The curtains, cushions and furniture should be chosen either in harmony with the wall or in contrast to it. But obviously, the first thing that you would think of is painting the walls of your house. The main colour in the room is on the walls. Paints, not only protect your walls, but also reflect your personality.

Colour can change the perception of the house in various ways; it can make it look restful, dramatic or intimate. Schemes based on primary colours (blue, red and yellow) and secondary colours (green, orange and violet) are bright and vibrant. Pastel shades and light neutral colours give an impression of softness and quiet.

While choosing the colour for your walls certain factors should be considered. These are:


Light colours make a small room appear larger, just as bright and dark colours make the room look smaller. Rooms can have ceilings appear lower with dark colours or higher with colours like blue or grey.


Colours look different in artificial light than what they do in natural light. In most artificial lighting, reds and yellows appear brighter and blue, darker. Both, natural and artificial lighting plays a significant part in making a room look spacious or compact. White and pale colours reflect more light than black and dark colours, therby making the room appear larger.


Colour can be used either to diguise or to emphasise certain features like low and sloping ceiling or a pipeline on the wall. For instance, painitng the pipe that is sticking out and the wall behind it, with the same colour, will make the pipe less prominent.


Rooms facing south are usually warm, since they receive an ample amount of sunlight. Such rooms need cooler colours (light blue or lime green). Rooms facing east are exposed to early morning light therefore neutral colours (grey, brown) are the best. West and north are relatively cooler so they require warmer (orange or yellow) colours.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of primary colours on the walls. I prefer secondary and tertiary colours because they are softer, don’t tire and are easier to combine. I also do not recommend complementary colours ( + red) in a big amount because as they are opposites they create tension and disharmony.

Moreover, the colour combinations are infinite, so just let your creativity flows and play with the tones! Here are some inspirations:


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