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Top Ten Interior Colour Selection Tips

  1. Start an inspiration file NOW


Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz are all free to sign up to and you can browse other people images and save them to your boards or you can 'pin' stuff direct form websites. Its really easy and creates a complete snap shot of styles and things you like. Also checkout real estate pages online, architectural design sites, interior trend sites. If you have a favourite artwork or rug, inspect its colours and see if you can use them as a palette.

If you are not sure of what style you like, an inspiration file will make clear what you keep going back to

  1. Think about a theme for your home, what do you love?
  • Luxury Resort
  • Bali Villa
  • Minimalist white
  • The beach
  • Earthy colours and tones
  • Bold brights

Outdoor area with beach inspiration  

Outdoor area with beach inspiration

For indoors you might go for bamboo flooring (like the colour of the sand) off white wall paint then highlight with strong blue and aqua tones in say the kitchen glass splashback plus a manmade stone kitchen benchtop with shell fragments in it. Maybe some lovely Rotto prints on the walls. Finally aqua glass mosaic highlights in the bathrooms will create continuity throughout the home without it overpowering everything else.

  1. First choice-start with your main floor, timber,bamboo, large format tiles, standard tile, lino, stone……whats your budget and style?


  1. If you want a dramatic burst of colour, glass splashbacks are functional and beautiful, easy to clean and will look great for years.
  2. Solid benchtops are always in vogue, plus they allow for waterfall ends which finish a stool sitting area perfectly. Whatever your benchtop choice, a mottled / patterned surface will hide more dirt, plain colours highlight dirt and crumbs, most dirt is light coloured so dark plain colours will have you forever wiping the benchtop. Off white ‘nougat’ like patterns are very functional
  3. Cupboard doors, gloss or matt, laminate or vinyl wrap, see the section on cabinetry in the Expert Advice section of the website to discover the options. Gloss shows more smears and hand prints, matt hides a few more sins. See

Wet areas

  1. Consider having similar tiles to all your wet areas, if you are tiling the main floor continue the same floor tiles through all your bathrooms WC’s and laundry. Colour detail can be added with wall tiles, feature tiles or accessories. Ensure the palette for the whole house is in sync, not identical but related.


  1. Grout- annoying and hard to clean. The less grout the better, rectified tiles are laid with very fine grout lines, If rectified tile are out of your budget choose standard tiles with dark grout for your floors to keep cleaning to a minimum.


Paint Colours

  1. Interior doors, frames, window sills, etc stick with gloss or satin white unless you really are attached to the idea of something else. Ceilings also should be white.



  1. Paint colours for your walls should be chosen pretty much at the end. There are a million colours available you can always find one that’s going to work. You can also order paint at half strength or 200 or 300% to contrast the main wall colour, plus the paint websites have colour combinations and interactive room photos which you can add colours to.


If you are really colour challenged or just a bit lost….get some expert assistance, use an interior designer, decorator or colour expert.