Would a subtle, neutral tone be best for the office or should you go bold to create that wow factor? And what paint colour is best for creating a relaxing and cosy living room? Our Colour Advice page gives you lots of paint colour ideas and tips for your residential or commercial project.
We also look in-depth at colour meanings and what images and feelings they portray to help you whittle down your paint colour ideas and choose the right colour for your interior space.
When it comes to choosing the right paint colours for an interior space, your own or your client’s personal taste will have a lot of influence on the final decision. Also, many of our paint colour ideas nowadays will come from the world of social media – visual bookmarking sites such as Instagram and Pinterest open us to a world of creative and imaginative ideas from around the world.
AVKO Interior’s Guide to Colour
Ten top tips for choosing paint colours for your interior
- North Facing Room- can be cold and gloomy, pick colours from the warm side of the colour wheel
- East Facing Room-these rooms experience the most variations of colour throughout the day
- South Facing Rooms- they get lots of light so it is recommended that colours such as pale blues or greens are used to make the room feel cooler and fresher
- West Facing Rooms- in these rooms there is mostly light during the latter of the day so colour should be tested for evening sunlight along with artificial light.
- Contrasting- Coloured walls with lighter, often white, woodwork
- Complementary- Two, three or four shades are combined in a scheme, with the main colour used on the walls and then the complementary colours used on areas such as window frames and skirting boards
- Co-ordinating- Three or four different shades from a single colour group are used on walls, woodwork, fireplaces, ceiling and furniture to create a harmonious, co-ordinated look
- Contemporary- A single colour is used on both walls and woodwork to give the room a contemporary look. This is usually a pale, neutral shade and can make a room appear larger and creates a calm and relaxing atmosphere.
redRed - encourages appetite, warmth, love, adventure, optimism (dining room)
In interiors, red is often used to make a bold statement and is often used in restaurants to increase appetite. It is also used to create a warm, cosy environment in a room.
pinkPink - calming, warm, love (girl’s bedroom)
Pink represents compassion, nurturing and love. It is also a symbol of hope and a positive colour which can bring warm and comforting feelings. It can also calm and reassure our emotional energies.
OrangeOrange - stability, reassurance, warmth, excitement, enthusiasm
Orange is a colour which is either greatly liked or disliked. It is known to encourage activity and stimulate conversation.
greenGreen - nature and energy, calming and restful, balance, money (bedroom)
Green is used in interior environments that are meant to soothe and encourage mental relaxation.
blueBlue - calming and soothing, promotes intellectual thought, serenity and protection, productivity, associated with water and peace(office)
Blue is known to have a calming effect when used as the main colour of a room. It is considered calming, relaxing and serene and is often used in bedrooms and bathrooms. Since blue is a symbol of rest, it is often found in health care design and in residential buildings.
yellowYellow - sunshine and energy, stimulates the intellect, increases metabolism, most likely to strain eyes or cause eye fatigue (kitchen)
Different shades of yellow convey different messages; a light yellow colour might bring warmth and softness whereas a bright yellow can increase liveliness and encourage innovation.
lilacLilac - spiritual matters, feminine (living room)
Lilac is a lighter version of purple and can bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does.
purplePurple - creativity, joy, magic, royalty, wisdom
Purple is associated with luxury as well as creativity. It can give a sense of depth to a room and create a dramatic effect.
brownBrown - security, stability, practical, Earth
Brown can conjure up images of yummy foods such as chocolate, coffee and cookies. It is also the colour of the earth. The psychological effects of the colour brown are often described as reassuring, safe and stabilizing.
blackBlack - death, eccentricity, drama, evil, slimming
Black is used in interiors to create depth and can provoke strong emotions of power and authority. Although on the negative side it can create a sense of emptiness so needs to be used carefully in an interior space.
whiteWhite - purity, innocence, empty, spacious
White is known as the ‘presence of light’ and the best colour to use to represent cleanliness. Both snow and clouds have soft properties which reflect the emotional effects of clarity and purification.