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How To Choose The Right Colours For Each Room

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Choosing the right colours for each room should be a fun task that you can really get your teeth into and enjoy to the utmost - it definitely shouldn’t be stressful. However, if you’re worrying about getting the colours right, then you might be making yourself feel upset and stressed for no reason. There are a few tips you can put into play to make choosing the right colours for each room a much simpler (and more enjoyable) task, so read on to find out what some of them are.

How To Choose The Right Colours For Each Room
How To Choose The Right Colours For Each Room

Setting The Mood

Colours have the power to set the mood in a room, making people feel specific emotions and creating a feeling throughout. Think about what you want to achieve in each space, and then you can use that idea to work out what colours will be best. For example, warm and earthy tones like terracotta, beige, and golden yellows can create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, so these colours will work well in a living room, dining area, or perhaps hallway for example.

Alternatively, cooler colours such as blues, greens, and purples can make a space feel calm and serene. These shades are great for bedrooms or home offices where you need to create a sense of peace and tranquility. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colours in the same colour family to find the perfect balance that suits the mood you want to create.

Enhancing The Room

Another important thing to think about when you’re choosing the right colour for each room of your home is what the room is to be used for - different spaces serve different functions, and the right colours can make it easier to use them for what they’re meant to be used for. Here are some examples of what we mean.

Living Room

The living room is the social hub of the home, and it’s where you’re meant to relax and entertain. This means you should choose warm colours, like the ones we mentioned above, as well as soft pastel shades if you prefer them. These colours create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, including any guests you might have.

Dining Room

The dining room is a shared space where people are going to eat and share things about their day, for example. You’ll want colours that enhance the dining experience and make people happy to be together, and something like burgundy, navy blue, or forest green can do that - it will make the space feel intimate and warm, ensuring your dining room feels like a great space to be in. If you’re worried things will be too dark, you can combine the colours we’ve mentioned with lighter tones - for example, you might have a lovely white or cream tablecloth from Richard Haworth as a centrepiece, keeping things brighter but still giving you some interesting options.


The kitchen is a lively, bustling space, and you’ll want some fresh, vibrant colours in this room. Try using shades of green or yellow or even things that mimic fresh food, like citrus colours. These colours will give your kitchen a feeling of energy, which is sometimes exactly what you need when you have to cook after a long day at work. You don’t have to go too far with things, though; you can introduce the brightest colours through accessories or accents. You can also use kitchen splashbacks to add a pop of colour to your kitchen, especially if you don't want to entirely repaint your kitchen walls.

Home Office

This is where you need to focus and be productive, so natural colours like light greys and cool blues will always work well. Make the room feel and look serene and beautiful, and you’ll feel happy to be in there for hours at a time.

Have A Theme

If you want to make sure you’re choosing the right colours, sometimes it’s about how you use them and not necessarily about what they are. So you might want to make sure you have a coordinating look throughout your home, such as a specific tone of blue or grey, for example. You wouldn’t be choosing a different colour for each room, but instead you would be choosing an overarching theme for the entire property.

This can make the decision an easier one if you know you have a special favourite colour you want to use, but it can also make the task harder because rather than using a number of different colours, you have to narrow the options right down.

The final choice will always be yours, and the key is to use colours that you love and can live with rather than ones that work but that you’re not all that fond of.


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