How to choose a paint colour for your indoors

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.”

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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.

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Blue

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.  

Green

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.

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.

Purple

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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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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