Choosing the right colour for your home can be a tricky decision and a confusing process. Colour can make or break a room and has the power to transform a space and is an important tool to connect rooms and create a consistent style throughout your home. Knowing which colours go together and where to begin when decorating your home can be a challenge, but getting it right will mean your home fits beautifully with your style, personality and lifestyle.

What colours do you love?

If you’re completely at a loss when it comes to picking room colours, get the creative juices flowing by considering your favourites; after all, you will have to look at them for a while! This might not be the exact colour you end up painting your walls but it’s a good place to start when looking for inspiration.

One of our top tips is not to be afraid of colour. If your favourite colour is bright and bold, go for it! If the worst happens and you decide you don’t like it, all is not lost. You can easily paint over it and start again.

What colours can’t be changed?


Very often you’ll have non-negotiables when it comes to your home décor. It might be a colour you love, a wallpaper that’s caught your eye or a statement piece of furniture or artwork that suits you perfectly. This is usually a great basis to create the look, feel and personality that you’re looking for. Creating mood boards and collecting ideas around your chosen feature can be really useful in helping to channel focus and achieve the final look.

Consider your space

You’ll need to make sure your colours fit with your space. Colours may look great in a catalogue or showroom, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll work in your space. This is where testing out colours is really important.

What’s your lighting like?


Lighting plays a significant role in changing the way colours look. Painting a room that doesn’t get lots of natural light a dark colour can really impact on the way the space feels. Dark colours in dark rooms tend to lead to a small, cramped feel, whilst very bright colours can make a naturally lit space feel overwhelming.

A top tip from our Senior Decorator, Lynne Copper, is to paint lining paper in the colour you love. This way, you can get a good idea of what the final result will be if you choose that particular paint. Using a piece of lining paper means you can move the colour around to see how the colour works in each area of your room and ensure you’re happy with it before committing to painting the whole room.

The same can be said for wallpapers. Most companies are more than happy to send out samples so you can see which one works best for you. Hang samples in different places throughout your room to make sure the wallpaper works from multiple angles.

We’re a construction company with a difference, and customer collaboration is our top priority. Our team know that the small, finishing touches are just as important as the large project, and we’re dedicated to achieving the perfect look that you’re after. Nutshell has a team of in-house painters and decorators who work closely with interior design specialists. If you’re struggling to put together your paint palette or would like a professional opinion, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to discuss your big ideas.