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A new colour on your walls can transform your indoor spaces. However, there are loads of popular colours to choose from. Andrea from Dulux provides some tips on how to get the right colour for you.

Warm and cool whites

If you're considering using white on your walls, you'll need to decide between a warm or cool white. Andrea says, “Warm whites can have undertones of brown, yellow, green or red, create a welcoming feel to your home. Whereas cool whites can appear to have undertones of grey, mauve or blue and can create a modern or contemporary look.” 

Grey and black

Using deep, strong colours such as grey and black can introduce a contemporary feel in your room. Andrea suggests, “Using a darker charcoal grey can create a sophisticated approach to a master bedroom.” A lighter silver grey can brighten up a dark room and using a light grey on your main walls can add a touch of elegance.

A blue couch in a living room with grey walls.


Painting with cool colours, such as light blue can give the perception of making a room appear larger. This can also add a calm and tranquil ambiance to a room. Blue walls in the bathroom can feel clean and fresh, whereas introducing a deeper navy on your bedroom walls can add a level of sophistication.  

Bedroom with dark blue walls and a timber bedhead.

Deep reds and browns

If you want to create a warm feeling in a room, you can choose deep reds, browns, burnt oranges and yellows. These warmer hues are a great choice for living and dining rooms.


Green is considered a relaxing and restful colour that can add personality and a feeling of peace to a room, depending on the tone and brightness. Green walls can also refresh a space that needs a lift, especially in those citrus shades.


Dark purple walls can create a rich, dramatic statement with a feeling of luxury. For a softer or more subdued feeling, try a light purple in a lilac or lavender shade.

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You can check out the full Dulux range available at your local Bunnings.


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

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