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Apr 20th

Choosing Colours


With as many as 7 000 coded colours available to the home owner, choosing colours can be an overwhelming experience, causing many to resort to white or light pastels as the ‘safest’ option. This can be easily overcome by taking a bit of time to familairise yourself with the colour theory and the practical advice we offer on this website. Once you have a basic understanding of the theory you will be empowered to make the confident personal choices that will achieve the results you really desire.

Creating an interior vibe:

Decide what sort of ambience, mood  or ‘vibe’ you want to create in each space and choose a colour or scheme that will effectively harmonise to create it. Consider the colours of furniture, cushions, face brick or wooden paneled walls, curtains, pelmets, skirtings, dado railings, art works, bed covers, headboards, lamp shades, tiles, wooden floors and carpets that will be a part of each particular space as these will be instrumental in determining the overall effectiveness of your scheme.

Putting together a personal scheme:

An enjoyable way to plan your schemes is to start collecting appealing and inspiring décor photos from magazines, paint swatches and fabric samples etc. These are then placed together in such a way as to determine the effectiveness of the scheme at a glance. Add and subtract elements as necessary to tweak it to your satisfaction, then paste up onto a piece of cardboard to create décor scheme for each area.

This can alternatively be done using digital images on a computer and affordably printing your scheme on a good quality laser printer (a service which is available from most print bureaus).

Harmonious schemes can be found everywhere in nature. Consider the colour combinations of corals, fish, birds, animals, trees, flowers, rocks, mountains, and landscapes etc. You could also pick out colours from a favourite piece of art and create a scheme that way.

Most computer graphic software programmes allow you to mix and create your own custom colours. (This is even possible in Microsoft Paint, which comes standard with Windows). Simply bring in print outs of your swatches to the Paintcor factory or any Colourways outlet and we will match them as closely as possible using our scanning, matching and tinting technology. We keep records of the your personal colour formulations so that you can come back for more should you require a fresh batch of the same tinted product.

Choosing Exterior Colours:

When painting the exterior walls of your house, your harmonized scheme should include the colours of your roof, gutters, burglar bars, boundary walls, doors, window sills, window frames, decks, patios,  paved areas, awnings etc. You may even want to consider factoring in some colours from your garden and neighbouring environment.


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