Paint cans

Choosing the perfect colour scheme for your home may seem daunting, but our pallette-perfecting tips explain the colour rules that designers follow and make it easy to decorate like a professional.

Pin down your personal preference

Before buying your paint, work out what your personal taste is. Look around your home and pick out the things you love, be it a painting, crockery or a jumper. There is bound to be a theme: are these things bright in colour? Are they natural in colour? Do they have a shabby chic vibe? This will tell you what you are drawn to and is an important starting point for your colour scheme.

Find your inspiration

Be on the lookout for things that catch your eye when you are outside your home, whether it is the wall colour of a hotel room or the napkins in your local restaurant, take a quick snap on your phone. Be sure to surf pinterest and flick through magazines and create yourself a personal pallete collage.

Think about your space

If the space you are redecorating is for relaxing, you may want a more neutral tone, if you are using the space for entertaining you might want to be bold and exciting in your colour scheme. Remember that lighter colours make small spaces feel roomier. You should also think about features in your home you love and use colour to accentuate these features.

Colour wheel

Tricks of the trade

You can get countless ideas from a little colour wheel. These inexpensive colour tools can generate colour scheme ideas quickly: with a turn of the wheel, you can see how colours will relate to each other and can start to plan your home’s new look.