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Choosing Colour

There are no strict rules when it comes to choosing colour, however there are several factors to take into consideration. Architecture, the purpose, shape and direction of a room and above all light, should be taken into account as they will contribute to the changing appearance of colours.

Useful Tips

  • Start by thinking how light moves through your house and the effect it has at different times of the day.
  • Consider the period of your property and whether this also influences your choice.
  • Think about the colours you are comfortable with - look at your clothes, your car, furniture and fabrics. Decide on a palette that feels right to you.
  • Don’t be tempted to use too many colours on architectural features as you may distract from the very thing you are trying to enhance.
  • The traditional approach to decorating is more colour on the walls than on the woodwork; however, reversing this can be equally effective.
  • Monochromatic schemes are particularly good for irregular shaped rooms as they help to iron out any visual faults.
  • Layer more than one colour in a room to create added interest.
  • In general, cool colours make a room feel larger and give a more formal look to a room.
  • Warm colours make a room feel smaller and give a more relaxed feel. If this is your wish, the stronger the tone the greater the impact.
  • For a restful look it is best to use a single neutral colour. Contrasts and strong colours create a distraction and take away from a feeling of calm.


Farrow & Ball Colour Advice