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Colour Selections guide for your Interiors



The colour palette is one of the most important design decisions you’ll need to make when decorating a home. From paint colour to fabrics and finishes, colour can have a large effect on how your home looks and feels

This guide helps you understand the basics of colour, how it will affect your interior & some tips to choosing the right colour palette for your space. We’ll also share the top 5 mistakes people make when choosing paint colours so you can avoid them at all costs

ultimate guide to colour selections for your interior image

Terms To Get Familiar With

When choosing colours for your interior, there are a few terms that you may want to get familiar with. These will help you while you research colours and speak to Interior Designer professionals

Primary Colour

Red, Blue and Yellow. Primary colours can’t be made by mixing colours together

Secondary Colour

Green, Orange and Purple, secondary colours can be made by mixing primary colours

Tertiary Colour

Six shades that can be made by mixing primary and secondary colours together, you can then add black, grey, or white to change the tone, tint or shade


Refers to the brightness or deepness of a colour. Mixing grey to the colour will affect its tone


Refers to a shade of colour. Adding white to a colour will change the tint


Refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour. The term is also used when referring to similar colours such as “shades of green” or a “Darker shade of blue”. Mixing black to a colour will alter the shade



understanding the basics of a colour wheel image

In many ways, a colour wheel is a decorator’s best friend. Once you understand the basics, the tool can be very valuable when choosing colour for your home. Here are the key points you should know from a designer to help you work with colour without having to learn about colour theory


There are several types of colour wheels from a simple version which only shows colours and basic colours such as green, orange and purple, to the more complex with a boundless number of tints and shades, which My Style Interiors Brisbane loves to work with!

Warm Colours

One side of the colour wheel will display the warm colours such as reds, oranges and yellows.

Cool Colours

Cool colours such as your blues, greens and purples will be on the opposite side

Monochromatic Colours

Monochromatic colour schemes in interiors have become very popular as it’s hard to go wrong. An interior using a monochromatic palette will be using various shades of the same colour, such as blacks and greys. To find a monochromatic scheme, you’ll only be looking at one slice of the colour wheel

Complimentary Colours

To discover different colours that work well together you’ll want to look at the complimentary colours. You can find these by looking across the colour wheel. For example, blues on one side and yellows on the other

Analogue Colours

Analogue colours will include several slices (typically three) of the colour wheel. These are colours that work well together without the contrast you’d experience by using a complimentary colour scheme. Looking at the colour wheel, you’ll see an analogues colour example such as green, blue and purple or yellow, yellow-green and green



understanding how colour affects your room image

As you’re flicking through the colour wheel, it’s a good idea to consider how the colour affects the space and mood of your room. Different temperatures, tones and shades will also affect how a person feels in the interior.

Warm colours tend to be more vibrant and tend to inspire confidence. These colours typically work well in dining and entertaining spaces as they are inviting and promote intimacy. Cooler colours on the other hand are often used to create a relaxed mood and bring calm to a space. Natural colour tones can also achieve a relaxed, peaceful environment.

Colour can also be used to help enhance the feeling of space or make it feel smaller. Light colours for example, tend to feel more spacious and airier than darker tones. Whereas, warm colours typically make a small space feel even smaller and somewhat claustrophobic.

All in all seek assistance from a professional to ensure your room comes together perfectly from Design style aesthetics right through to feature walls and allowing colour to open up spaces to create points of separations through each room section

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