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Choosing Your Colours: Colour Theory 101

Choosing paint colours for a whole house is a big job, but don’t be intimidated. Colour experts all over the world use these basic guidelines to make picking the perfect palette a breeze. Before you even get to the paint aisle, get familiar with the colour wheel and the ways you can use it to guarantee a beautiful colour scheme in every room.

Colour WheelThe colour wheel is a simple representation of the way the seven core colours relate to each other, which helps us see immediately how they can be paired successfully. The seven colours represented on the wheel are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Split the colour wheel in half, with red to yellow on one side – these are the warm colours – and blue to violet on the other – these are the cool colours. In the most basic form of the wheel, you can see how these colours transition into each other as they run the gamut of the visual spectrum. That’s a lot of information to glean from twelve slices of a circle! These colours are called ‘hues.’ More detailed colour wheels can show tints, shades and tones as well. These terms are often misused, but they are really very simple. When a hue is made lighter by adding white, it is a tint. When a hue is made darker using black, it is a shade. If grey is added to a hue, it is a tone. Tones can be a great way to use intense colours like red on your walls without overwhelming the senses, but we’ll get to that later!

Types of Colour Schemes



Monochromatic colour schemes are made up of a single hue in the colour wheel. Variation is created by adding tints and shades, not contrasting colours. Although they sound boring at first, monochromatic colour schemes can be as dramatic and vivid as your imagination, or tastefully restrained. It all depends on the mood you are trying to create.



Analogous colour schemes are created from three hues that are next to each other in the colour wheel. Usually, one colour is chosen as the dominant colour. The hues immediately to the right and left of the dominant colour will be the secondary and tertiary colours. Typically, the dominant colour is used the most heavily, followed by the secondary, and finally the tertiary colour. Because they are so close to each other on the wheel, analogous colour schemes should be harmonious and pleasant to look at.



Complementary colours are opposite each other in the colour wheel. They can be striking and beautiful, but run the risk of being too stark and clashing if used at the same intensity. Try varying the tints and shades, or employing tones to reduce the visual tension if you choose a complementary colour scheme. Complementary colour schemes may not be as safe for beginner designers as monochromatic or analogous, but the contrast they create can be worth the risk.



Triads consist of three colours equally spaced apart on the colour wheel. They are inherently vibrant, even when employed the palest tints. Even more so than the analogous colour scheme, triads must be balanced perfectly to avoid overwhelming the senses. Choose one colour, and make it the dominant hue in your room. The other two are supporting players, there to add some interest and keep your colour scheme from getting boring, but they must never compete with the dominant hue. If you stick to this rule, you will get the bold, vivid room of your dreams.

There are more advanced types of colour schemes, but these four are the basics. Stick to these, and you’ll never have a mismatched room again.

Warm, Neutral, Cool

As a general rule, warm colours are considered ‘active’ and cool colours ‘passive.’ Red, orange and yellow are associated with energy and activity, so think about the rooms you want to encourage that mood. Kitchens are active spaces, so they can be well suited to warm colours. Blue, green and purple, however, are associated with tranquility and calm. That is why they are so often used in bathrooms and bedrooms. Decide what works for you in each room – do you want your dining room to be lively and energetic or formal and subdued? Choose your colours accordingly.

60-30-10 rule

Many interior designers follow what’s known as the 60-30-10 rule when balancing their colour choices. The main colour represents 60% of the colour in a room. This is the colour to paint the walls. The secondary colour takes up the next 30% of the room. This colour could be found in the upholstery, curtains, or cabinetry. Finally, the last 10% is provided by the third colour. It can be the trim, or in the décor, but it does not overwhelm the other colours. This is known as the accent colour. In a monochromatic colour scheme, the 3 colours are different tints and shades of one hue.

Adding grey to a hue creates is called a tone, as discussed above. The more grey you add, the less intense and bright a colour will be. If your favourite colour is overwhelming when applied to your walls, go for a different tone. The darker the tone, the easier on the eyes. This is most relevant for warm colours like red and orange, but don’t be fooled. Cool blues and greens can still be far too bright without the tempering qualities of grey.

60-30-10 ruleColour Flow is the way your paint colours relate to each other as you walk from room to room throughout the house. Although they are separated by doors or hallways, you can often see into different spaces when standing in one room, and you don’t want a harsh transition. Some people choose a monochromatic colour scheme for their entire home, eliminating this problem entirely, but others want different colours in every room. One way to deal with this is to keep some elements consistent, such as a neutral colour in the moulding and trim. Alternatively, you can choose analogous colours for rooms that are in sight of each other, so your vision is never broken by a clashing hue. Try just walking from room to room, and see what spaces are most visible and where your home is sharply divided. This will show you the most obvious place to break up your colour scheme and start a different one. To make this easier, keep hallways and staircases neutral so you never encounter a jarring transition.

Is all this information getting a little confusing? Here are 10 quick tips that won’t steer you wrong – or feel like a homework assignment.

  1. Pick a colour you love, then bring home a sample and paint a 4’x4’ square on the wall. See how it changes at different times of day before you make a final decision. Paint as many of these sample colours as you need to get comfortable with your choice.
  2. Choose a colour that already exists in your home, from your furniture, art, or décor, and find a similar shade for your paint for a cohesive look. Furniture lasts longer than paint, so it helps to match.
  3. Paint the moulding and doorway one shade lighter or darker than the wall colour
  4. Treat the ceiling like a fifth wall and paint it a lighter tint of the wall colour
  5. If you like the darkest colour on a paint swatch, you will probably like the palest colour as a neutral option for your trim
  6. Highlight built-in cabinetry and architectural details by painting them a complementary colour to the walls instead of constraining yourself to white
  7. Another option for architectural features, moulding and trim is to use a shinier finish for a subtle, textural distinction
  8. Accent walls can add drama to a room, or be subtle. Use an intense, contrasting colour for an attention-grabbing look, or paint one wall three shades darker than the soft colour on the rest of the walls.
  9. Mix the lightness and darkness of all yours shades to keep a room feeling light and comfortable
  10. You can take home as many paint chips as you want, so don’t feel pressured in the store. At the same time, don’t feel too anxious about making a decision! You can always paint again if you don’t like your choice – paint is not permanent!

Creative Ways to Use Paint

What do you do when you love the colour of your walls and exterior siding, but you’re not quite ready to put down the brush? Lucky for enthusiastic DIY’ers like you, there are practically limitless possibilities for paint projects inside the house and out. Here are a few ideas for paint projects to refresh your rooms and boost your curb appeal.

Furniture – Upholstery, Metal, Wood

Upholstered FurnitureIf you have an old piece of furniture that’s lost its lustre, you can shoot a bit of life into it with paint. Wooden furniture must be carefully sanded and cleaned, then primed, before you can paint. Once you get the colour the way you want it, seal the piece to protect your work. Metal furniture is painted similarly: sand off any rust, clean thoroughly, and prime the piece. After that, take aim with your spray paint in a safe area and see your furniture transform. Perhaps the most unusual measure is painting upholstered furniture. If you have a steady hand and vision, why not give it a try? Purchase a can of paint in your chosen colour and textile medium from a craft store. Mix two parts paint to one part medium to get the right texture for painting fabric. Thoroughly wash the piece and wait for it to completely dry before painting it with a roller. Keep your strokes light, because upholstery is very absorbent. When the paint dries, you may need to do a second coat. When finished, your furniture should feel just as soft as before you painted it, and have a fresh new look.

Spray Paint Décor & Storage Items

VasesDo you have any ornaments, vases, storage boxes, or any other home décor items that would look better in a different colour? Well, you can make that change, without much trouble at all. Maybe you have a colour that you want to incorporate more in your décor, or you just want to give some dull items some pep. Well, spray paint them!

Find an open area with plenty of ventilation, put down a drop cloth, and let loose with a stream of colour. Metallic spray paints on inexpensive items can give your décor a high-end feel at an affordable price.

Doors – Interior & Exterior

DoorDoorGive the curb appeal of your home an extra kick with a jaunty door colour. Something that stands out against the exterior siding can give your home extra personality. Apple-green or candy-red are both great choices to make your home stand out.

Go for something more neutral for a sophisticated look. Inside your home, you can keep your doors white, or make them part of your colour scheme. A neutral cream could warm up your interior without overshadowing the rest of the room.


FireplaceHaving a fireplace can add a lot of value to a room – it provides warmth, and obvious gathering place, and will often be the centrepiece of the room’s décor. So what happens if you hate the colour of the brick or tile? Tastes have changed over the years and some fireplaces now look hopelessly dated. You can wait for yours to become ‘vintage’ instead of ‘old’ or just start painting.

Many people choose white, a chic option to be sure, but there is no limit on what you can do. Clean and prime your brick, then cut a sponge to be the same size as your bricks. Dip the sponge in paint and press it onto each brick one by one. The difference in pressure and saturation will make the final product look varied, just like natural brick.

Door Hardware

Door KnockerSo you’re tired of the colour of your door hardware, but you’re not ready to invest in all new products. Don’t worry, there’s a more cost effective option, and it will only take a few hours! Choose the finish you want and find matching metallic spray paint. Clean and sand your existing hardware (you need to rough up the surface a little for the paint to stick). Then spray away! You may need to do a few coats, and you will have to wait as long as a few days for the paint to fully dry. You don’t want to grab your door handle and come away with a brushed nickel palm. When they are fully dry, simply screw the knobs back in place and enjoy your upgraded home.

Floors – Tile, Wood, Concrete

FloorsPainting floors can be a long and involved process, but the results can be stunning. First, you can paint wood or concrete floors, but laminate and vinyl are unlikely to accept paint very well. Second, you must protect your painted wood floor by sealing it at the end. Otherwise, the foot traffic will quickly wear away at the colour and leave your floors looking sloppy and unfinished.

If the floors have been sealed, this must be stripped away. Once this step is over, use a scraper to remove grime or old paint and clean thoroughly. Then, take out your rollers and give the whole floor a once over. Wait for the paint to dry, and then go ahead with another coat. Repeat until you see the results you’re looking for.

Purchase paint manufactured specifically for floors for the best result.

Cabinet doors

CabinetsPutting a new colour on your cabinet doors is a great way to breathe new life into your kitchen without breaking the bank. You may have to strip away old paint, but it will be worth it to walk into your kitchen and be greeted by a colour you love. Like any other paint project, this one requires a clean surface.

Strip, scrub and sand your cabinets to get them ready for their new look. This can be tricky, since you can remove the cabinet doors but the rest of the structure stays mounted to the wall. Just stay focused on your goal! Paint as many coats as needed to get the colour of your dreams, wait for them to dry, and enjoy the feeling of walking into a totally new kitchen, when all it took was a few coats of paint.