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How to choose the right wall colour for your room


Wall colour should never be chosen in a random way. 

They are either chosen because they relate to existing furnishing or, if you are starting from scratch, they should be considered with reference to which way the room faces and how much natural light enters the room.

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What are you going to be doing in the room? What are your personal preferences? If image is important to you, you might also want to consider what wall colours are fashionable at the moment. 

fashionable wall colours

At present, plain coloured painted walls are often combined with one feature wall which has a special texture or a wallpaper. 



A feature wall should be the focus of the room and, as such, is best positioned so that you immediately see it as you enter the room. It could be the fireplace wall but should be left unadorned so that it is allowed to speak for itself. 

The colours within the feature wall should then be picked out in the upholstery, rugs, curtains, cushions and even the artwork.

feature wall wallpaper

In this image, we have a wall mural which consists of a large piece of artwork and deserves simple furniture in order to be seen.

You can find out more about using pattern on your wall in our blog:

Using Pattern in Interior Design


wall colour in a home

The Plain coloured walls could still carry a wallpaper if you are confident in mixing pattern.  It very much depends on the ‘style’ you want to use. A very contemporary scheme will usually work with plain matt painted walls with pictures and discreet, subtle lighting. 

A more traditional room will have more to say using pattern and greater influence in the upholstery with lamps and a more formal layout.

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You may have a very clear idea of your personal style, but if not the next section will really help you find it.  Write down words that describe the image you want to create. Start by writing down many and slowly reduce them to your key influencers.  

This will then help you with the part of this process.

interior design concept board


As a professional Interior Designer, I always start any scheme by creating a Concept using my key words. This is not a mood board. It’s much more, and once put together it gives you all the leads you need in assigning colours to the walls, as well as everything else. 

A Concept is a collection of images you see in magazines, brochures and colour charts and cut out and put together with photos of your existing limitations and also the room itself. This way you know what you are playing with and you immediately see what your main colours are going to consist of – you produce a colour palette.  

concept board for home decor



As with your words cut out lots of images to start with and then eliminate some whilst keeping the ones that really say what you want – this takes time so give yourself this luxury to get it right. 

You will also see textures and patterns that work together and they can be very safe and traditional or you may surprise yourself and find some really original and totally unique ideas flowing from your Concept. I usually mount mine on a board, but you can easily use a scrapbook. You will find it helpful to group things together that seem to fit.


This is a development of your concept into the real choices of wall colours, fabrics and finishes.

concept board examples



You will now find it much easier to decide on the right wall colour for you, where your features will go and how to use your existing furniture. 

Don’t forget the room itself. It may have a very strong architectural identity which you can either choose to work with, or just use as a backdrop. 

how to choose wall colour



The natural light will play a part. Depending on which way the room faces, whether its a day room or an evening room and if you need to make it warm and inviting or cool and sophisticated the lighting and the addition of a well-planned lighting scheme will make a massive difference to the overall effect of the success of the room. 

Check out our blog on The Importance of Lighting in Interior Design.


The colours on the walls, the floors and the ceiling are the dominant spaces that need your careful attention and then you can work inwards with the furniture etc.  

Wall colours can really influence your scheme dramatically. Start with your:

  • Words
  • Evolve Keywords
  • Find images that work with these words
  • Find colours, textures, patterns and shapes that create your personal style
  • Decided on your feature or dominant wall.
  • Take the room, natural light and your existing items into your scheme

Start researching your finishes and key items and your wall colours will come jumping out, giving you confidence that it will all work together and that your room will look great.

choosing the right wall colours for your room

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