Which colours are best for each room in your home?
Colours play a huge role in transforming the overall atmosphere and mood of a space. Whether it's a calming shade of pastel green or an electrifying neon yellow, specific colours can be used to uplift particular functions of a room.
Though we often gravitate towards hues we find most aesthetically pleasing, considering the functional context of a space will ensure the look and feel of the overall room is right. Here’s a quick guide from AkzoNobel – the manufacturer of Dulux paints – on choosing the best paint colour for each room of your home:
The Temperature of Colour
Before delving into particular shades, it’s useful to have a think about the overall atmosphere you’re looking to create. Colours can be categorised into two groups: warm- and cool-tones.
As a general rule, warmer colours – like orange or brown – elicit feelings of comfort, transforming the space into a cosy and inviting room. Meanwhile, cooler colours – like green and blue – are ideal for soothing the senses and creating a calming atmosphere.
As a key area for social engagement, homeowners often look to create a living room that can exude an inviting environment. Incorporate warmer hues in your living room to create a cosy atmosphere will achieve this.
Aesthetics aside, shades of blue have also been shown to bring down blood pressure, slow your heart rate and reduce feelings of anxiety, making it the perfect colour for bedrooms if you want the calming effect.
While there’s no hard or fast rules when it comes to picking colours for your kitchen, a safe option is to go with refreshing shades.
Citrus tones – like lime green or lemon yellow- can bring an invigorating touch, making your space pop! But if bright colours are not to your taste, try a neutral white shade for a clean and classic look.
The bathroom area is an area where many consumers are seeking a clean and fresh look. For this, choose cooler tones and lighter colours.
If you’re going for a modern look, try something more nature-inspired with rich shades of green, which evoke feelings of peace and revitalisation. Add a sophisticated touch with some darker accents like slate grey or dark taupe.
Visualize before you paint!
Integrating colours into your home is all about finding the right balance of colour. Before you commit to a specific shade, download the Dulux Visualizer app for free and visualise the colours on your walls before you paint.