Capturing colours- Choosing paint colours

How do you choose paint colours when decorating your home?

Despite my art background, it can be rather overwhelming when I’ve got a blank canvas to work with. What if I get it wrong- we’ll have to live with it until we’d be able to carve out more time and money to fix it.

Pinterest, as usual, comes to the rescue… I was searching for a warm grey shade of paint colour (is there such a colour?!) when I came across these beautiful palettes… which illustrate colours that work together… Simplifying the thought and choice process.

I found these on a site called In Color Balance as you can see I love red and green together. But I didnt want it to feel like Christmas all the time so finding these really helped clarify my thinking about what other paint colours I could use to avoid the festive look.

paint apple colours paint colours cherry blossom paint colours strawberry pieDesign Seeds is another site which also pulls colours from images and refines them into groups for you to use as you wish… For example you could use the image below as inspiration for your next decorating project and as long as the paint colours, accesories and furniture were all one of the colours- you’d know it would work.

Flora_HuesHow do you choose paint colours when decorating?

We’ve used Antique White from B&Q on the walls throughout the house so far(those which we decided to paint rather than paper).

The kitchen is south facing though, and has massive windows and doors, so it gets extremely bright in there at times during the day. Which is why our trusty Antique White paint colour might only make an appearance on some of the walls in there… Of which there are many due to column and extensions (a story for another time).

Here’s some samples I’ve tried which are Dulux.

choosing paint colour

Please share your favourite wall paint colours in the comments and I’ll be sure to check them out- thanks.


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  1. January 30, 2015 / 9:43 am

    What a great idea – I’ve never seen anything like that. We’re talking colour schemes at the moment and I’m in the process of trying to convince my husband into a really cool grey and yellow downstairs toilet 🙂

  2. January 30, 2015 / 11:00 am

    Oh this is really useful! I’m completely rubbish at interior design of any kind so we never decorate! I’m going to give those sites a try!

  3. January 30, 2015 / 11:21 am

    I’m in exactly the same position – I currently have 9 different shades of greige on my living room wall, and have sent hubby off to get yet more testers today! But we actually found the pictures we want for the walls last week, and so I think we’re getting closer… hopefully! Your colours look gorgeous.

  4. January 30, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to when we can paint our own walls. Sadly it’s magnolia at the moment as we may have to sell up and move in September so I can’t get too attached 🙁 I love the colours you’ve tested, they look very fresh 🙂

  5. January 30, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    I’m going to follow this with interest as we are looking to spruce up the hallways in our house and we want some colour this time x

  6. January 30, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    ohh.. some really nice resources here. I have a much ‘braver’ taste in colour than my husband and I think that some of the pallet generators might allow us to compromise on more interesting colour combinations than we have settled on in the past. I really like the apple inspired colours.