There’s a reason rooms are often decorated with neutral tones such as beige, grey or off-white. Picking an adventurous colour scheme for your home is a risky move, as a mismatched palette can leave you unsatisfied with the way your home looks.

Creating a vibrant room requires a tasteful use of colour. This is especially true for 2019, where bright colours are becoming one of the year’s biggest interior trends including rainbow prints and floral patterns.

When considered carefully, bold use of colour in the home can create a stunning look. Read on for our top tips on finding the perfect palette for your room.

Colour Wheels

A fail-safe guide to colour theory, colour wheels are used by artists and designers to discover complementing colours. These are made up of 12 hues beginning with the primary colours; red, blue and yellow. All secondary and tertiary colours are derived from these three.

Paint Colour Wheel

The colours which face opposite each other on the wheel are complementary. For example, a spiced orange shade will suit an ocean blue shade. If you’re going for a maximalist interior style, using colour theory is a creative and artistic way to bring colour into the home. When working with neutral walls, it’s a great way to add a pop of colour in your furniture and décor too.

Colour Charts

The easiest way to approach a seamless palette without commitment is with paint colour charts. These allow you to test colours in a range of lights and compare against other shades to assess how they harmonise.

See for yourself whether certain colours suit a room and the existing furniture; there’s no better way to narrow down your chosen colour down by varying tones. Once you’ve found a great match, order a paint sample to check the formula has the desired effect.

Bear in mind that lighting has a huge effect on how paint can appear. Colours in north-facing rooms will appear more cool-toned than those in south-facing rooms. That’s why it’s crucial to compare how the tones work in different lightings, including at different times of the day.

Don’t Play by The Rules

When it comes to making your house a home, there’s really no rulebook and it’s important to add your personal style. In fact, clashing colours can create stunning effects. For example, mixing cool-toned grey walls with warm gold accents. Adding unexpected pops of colour in your home, whether it’s a bright cushion or a vivid art piece, can make your room a real showstopper.

Complementing Tones in Living Room

Chapel Interiors offers a wide range of designer wallpaper and paints, with samples and colour charts available. Find your perfect shade either online or in-store.