A new and upcoming colour is Domino grey which looks almost black when painted on interior walls. Domino is a very modern swatch and is great for creating a dramatic interior.
“Colours for your exterior are a personal choice and often depend on other existing elements your home has, such as exposed brick,” she says. “To personalise your home, you can easily add a pop of colour on your front door and play with coloured pots on the decking or verandah.”
Adding gold or silver accents with textured rugs and throws is the best way to complete the look.
Now that you’ve chosen a colour scheme that best suits you and your lifestyle, you can add in flecks of other hues as a finishing touch.
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It’s always important to keep in mind when choosing the right paint colour that cool paint colours need to be accessorised appropriately so that your interior does not appear sterile. For this reason, Crisp White is best used in areas of the home that are well lit with natural light.
Whether you’re preparing your property for sale or new tenants, or you just want to give the place a bit of a lift, choosing the right colour scheme inside and outside your home can make all the difference.
Your Pinterest board may reflect your love of the ’70s aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean orange and brown hues will suit the icy blue carpets in your modern terrace abode. Consider your home’s architecture before making any drastic colour decisions. There are other, more nuanced ways to inject your favourite style decade into your space.
If you have a small room but absolutely love dark colours, it’s possible to have it all without feeling like you’re living in a cave. Paint one wall with a dark colour – for example, the wall at the head of the bed works well in the bedroom – and use a much lighter shade of the same colour on the other walls.
Create a relaxing environment in your home with light tones of brown and green. Sentience works well with linen, textured throws and leather ottomans. Add life by bringing nature to your home with vines and potted plants that thrive indoors.
Certain hues can have a huge impact on the way you feel in your abode. And while some shades can have you feeling happy and inspired, others may be secretly dragging you down.
Or, if you prefer a modern twist, introduce an up-to-the-minute palette that has some reference to the history of the house, or go all out with a more modern fit out and embrace the style of the era such as Art Deco, mid-century modern, swinging sixties or some 1970s flair.
Charcoal Heather is also known as the perfect neutral grey, which is why it is one of the go-to interior paint colours in 2019.
When compiling a colour palette, it’s useful to first think about your flooring. Your floor will influence your colour choices dramatically, and in turn impact how you use textures, tones, accents and even artwork. Once you choose your flooring, you can work in complementary or contrasting fabric colours for curtains and furniture, tiling, rugs and other styling elements.
Traditionally a favourite for interior walls, Whisper White is best suited for conventional styled homes like Queenslanders.
Never use more than three colours on the exterior of your house – one for walls, one for trim and one for accents. They should match tonally so that they complement each other.
Mix Charcoal Heather with white and hints of deep blue to pull of the perfect Hampton style.
Viking Grey has subtle hints of blue, which is inspired by the coastal regions of Australia. More importantly, it can be perfectly paired with Crisp White!
One solid tip for home colour schemes is to always use a matte finish when painting ceilings – gloss paint shows up small imperfections so it’s almost impossible to get a seamless look.
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When deciding on the colour selection for your house, consider your flooring first. Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
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Similar to Centurion, Sentience works well with very dull pastels of pink, dusty orange, green and purple.
The colour selection for a house is one of the most essential interior elements to nail. Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
It always looks great if your colour scheme matches the architecture and era of your home. It’s easy to find inspiration online or around the neighbourhood. But if you want to follow the traditional hues of Victorian or Federation houses, your local council should be able to advise you.
We’re absolutely in love with the classical themed Gentleman’s Grey bookcase with adjoining reading nook.
Whisper White is a fantastic choice in the warmer areas of Australia as it helps reflect heat and glare.
Neutral colour schemes for your house exterior always work a treat and don’t date. Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
If your tastes are more geared towards luxurious accessories such as dazzling chandeliers, expansive rooms and Hamptons themed homes, this will be one of the best interior wall colours for your home.
When designing an industrial themed home, Viking Grey is an ideal choice. The blue tones are the perfect way to achieve the minimalistic, yet deep atmosphere of this theme.
Moreover, this colour works well as an exterior colour when matched with white window sills. This combination creates an exterior that blends well with the surrounding environment.
Mustard interior paint colours are best paired with timber floors, white furniture, and patterned rugs to bring a vintage vibe into the modern context.
When choosing colours for your home’s exterior there are no hard and fast rules, says Andrea.
Below, we’ve rounded up some helpful tips for making home colour selections, so you can pick out the best and right colours for your house.
If you want a fire-engine red feature wall, go for it! Trust your instincts and experiment to your heart’s desire. After all, it only takes a weekend and a few cans of white to return walls to their original state.
Use tones like deep reds, browns and burnt oranges in the colour selection for your house to give off a cosy vibe. Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
The green of a hedge, the blue of a pool or the earthy tones of sandstone can be reflected in your colour choices inside. A smooth transition between indoors and outdoors makes for a harmonious feel.
Golden Sand is a modern, vibrant mustard that is perfect for the confident, quirky home.
The key to decorating with this interior colour is to ensure there is ample natural light illuminating the room and keep the space feeling open.
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A popular scheme to decorate with Domino is African or desert theme. This includes, rich woods, dark green pillows and tan leather lounges.
This colour is for those who are bold and not afraid to make a statement – try creating striking combinations with deep green or salmon accessories. To create more mood (if you dare) combine Dark Burgundy with with rich wooden chairs, bedheads or tables.
When decorating a small space, consider using lighter colours on both the wall and ceiling to make the room seem bigger and brighter.
There are a handful of paint finishes which can all do different things for your home. Reflective finishes like Marmorino are a great way to bring light into darker interiors, while matte shades can help to subdue an overly bright space. Do your research; all the main paint players now offer more than just flat paint and carry speciality finishes for a more textured approach to your interior scheme.
“Introducing colour in a small way, in a bedroom or study, can help you start building a colour scheme in the home,” says Andrea. “A darker colour often helps in a home theatre or TV area of the home.”
Choose pastels which provide a fresh but relaxing atmosphere. Many people choose lighter versions of a pastel for the walls and paint the trim with a more intense version. This is a popular option for bedrooms and bathrooms.
If you’re after a white-on-white effect, Whisper White is an ideal choice as it has subtle tones of yellow which helps bring warmth to a space.
For a stylish home colour scheme: Choose a monochromatic palette – ranging from warm greys to inky charcoals – but err on the cooler end of the spectrum. Then offset this look with furnishings and trims in either complementary colours or more intense shades of the same colour.
There is a blossoming trend in the use of Centurion in nurseries paired with light timber cribs and teepees.
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Keep the budding artist in your family happy by painting a feature wall with blackboard paint. The kids can create masterpieces in coloured chalk that can be wiped off with a damp cloth. Then they can do it all over again!
Decorate with light wood and fur throws to brighten the space. Add touches of light pink for a more feminine feel or add dusty orange and yellow for a more masculine space.
Dark purple with a pinkish hue, this colour represents the best of the two. Dark Burgundy works best as a feature wall when paired with Centurion and Sentience.
Choose a colour palette that references the history of your home.
Décor and furnishings that accentuate this look are wooden or cane chairs, glossy lighting fixtures, bright yellow throws and copper accessories.
While you want your home’s facade to stand out against others in the street, you’ll want yours to make a chic and refined statement. The tips below will help you choose a colour scheme for your front and rear home exterior.
Decorate with white furnishings and ash-wood tables and chairs to complete the relaxed look.
You can paint the room predominantly white, then introduce cool colours, such as blues and greens mixed with lots of white, as a subtle feature. This can range from skirting boards and window frames to a feature wall.
If you are doing a feature wall within your home colour scheme, ensure it matches tonally to other walls in the house. Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
Top tip for how to choose colours for your home? Trust your instincts and experiment to your heart’s desire. Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
Whether you embrace the swinging sixties or a Moroccan vibe might depend on the history of your house. Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
Neutral colours tend to work best on exteriors. They blend in well with the streetscape, keep the neighbours happy and look stunning when used in the right combination.
The ideal pair with this deep colour is a stark white, like Crisp White. Combining it with multiple hues of grey is also a visually effective way to utilise neutral shades to make the most of this trend.
Choose deep reds, browns, burnt oranges and muted yellows. These welcoming tones work a treat in living rooms or intimate dining rooms. Darker tones can be introduced when painting structural elements such as staircases – these features simply melt into the background.
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Bright colours work wonders to open up your space and make it feel airier. Shades like white and pastels also bring a cool personality, and are ideal for spaces with plenty of natural light. Here’s everything you need to know on making bright colour selections in the home.
Many think of colour in the home as a huge commitment, which is why so many of us opt to paint walls white or neutral shades. But colour is actually one of the single easiest ways to add personality to a space, and whether it’s on the walls, in the furniture, or within decorative elements, colour is very easy to change around should you begin to tire of seeing the same hues.
Gentleman’s Grey is very popular as a wall feature or even as a striking cabinetry colour. The only trick with this theme is ensuring enough natural light enters the room so that the space does not appear closed off, which is the best way to transform your room by making it appear larger.
A colour that cools a room and suits extremely well in coastal regions is Crisp White. This colour helps connect the feeling of an outdoor sea breeze to the inside of your home. Crisp White is the perfect match with blue-hued greys.
It’s also important to consider how the flooring might reflect into the colour of your painted wall. For example, pine and wooden floors throw a lot of yellow and polished concrete tends to be very reflective.
Although the name suggests grey, Gentleman’s Grey is a beautiful, rich navy colour.
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While the traditional white ceiling is really popular, there are no hard and fast rules on ceiling colour. A non-white ceiling can at once draw the eye up but with darker tones can also make a room feel enclosed.
Giving your property a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the resale value of your property, not to mention your state of mind.
You may think it the safe option, but choosing white for your walls doesn’t guarantee chic. Why? Because there are just as many shades of white as there are any other colour, and they won’t all suit your place. Before choosing your shade of white, note the amount of natural light in your space and the undertones in your decor and furniture and then consult a paint professional for their advice.
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This ochre shade has us feeling relaxed and calm. Picture: Elise Hassey
Who knew there were so many options for bright, vivid and light colour selections for your house? Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
Have a small bedroom but love dark colours? A darker feature wall within your home colour scheme could be calling. Styling: Bree Leech. Picture: Lisa Cohen / Dulux Australia
Three colours are enough to coat, outline and accent your house.
Are you after an interior that feels warming and natural? Sentience is a mild colour that looks great on any surface, whether it be the interior or exterior.
If you really want to stand out and get your guests talking, we recommend surprising everyone with an all-black coat of paint.
Colours can make or break your home interiors. Picture: Bagnoli Architects / Ari Hatzis
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Centurion is a Nordic inspired colour that pairs well with soft pastels, such as pink or yellow, or a variety of other light coloured palettes.
A good way to unify the colour selection for your house is to use one colour on all the walls. If you can’t resist using different colours – particularly for feature walls – then make sure they match tonally. It’s best to avoid any clashing colours even if they are in different ends of the house.
Adding colours to your home can be a daunting task, but with the correct planning you can make it awesome with just a splash of colour!
Indoor plants are also a great accessory for this colour, and a perfect way to bring in that Summer warmth if you’re celebrating the new year by repainting your home.
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Providing a similar feeling to Sentience, Wabi-Sabi has hints of green rather than brown tones.
White makes rooms light and airy with a crisp, clean feel. However, whites can be cool or warm, ranging from a yellow-tinged cream to a bluish arctic white. If you’re in any doubt, choose pure white. It works as the perfect backdrop to everything while adding a discreet sense of style. If you change your mind later, it can be easily painted over.
Don’t overdo the austerity in an attempt to make a room light and airy. A dramatic artwork, a textured rug or brightly coloured collection of knick-knacks can add personality and warmth to a neutral room.
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Skirting boards invariably take a beating over time so use an enamel paint for durability. White always looks great but if you are using light colours on the walls, the same colour on the skirting boards is a good option.
When decorating Crisp White walls, opt for colourful schemes or simply add pops of colour like yellow, green or pink to bring contrast and life to the space.
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“Greys and greiges alongside whites or soft neutral pinks have proved perfect for modern interiors this year, and are a simple home colour scheme to create,” suggests Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager.
In Feng Shui, green interiors represent health and healing. For this reason, you can expect to see Wabi-Sabi in day spas and vacation destinations around the world to rejuvenate guests.
Bring the outside indoors by using colour cues from your garden.
“Many exterior colour schemes are based on natural and earth-based colours,” says Andrea. “I’m loving the warm greys and darker charcoals, which look beautiful against many bricks, stone and the greenery of the garden.”