The Best Colour Combinations For Your Home (& Which Are Worth Avoiding)


Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply fancy redecorating, it can be difficult to try and find the best colour combination for your house. Whilst using colour schemes can be a great way to make your home feel organised and together, deciding on room colour combinations is tricky. Every room has a different purpose, and if you have a colour palette in place running throughout your home, it can make the process of redecoration feel slightly less daunting. So, how do you pick the best colour combination? Read on to find out…

Pick Your Starting Place

The first step is always the hardest. There are two main ways you can begin to choose your decorating colour schemes. These are; starting with the biggest and most centrally located room, or choosing the room you’d like to have the boldest colour.

            The biggest and most central room:

This is most likely your living room or kitchen. As these tend to be the most popular rooms in the house, it is common to want these rooms to feel cosy and inviting, so warm and neutral colours are popular colour schemes to pick. The best warm and neutral combinations are white, beige, and cream coloured walls. You can always add colour to the room via brightly coloured furniture or other room accessories such as rugs (check out our modern rugs for some inspiration).

Once you have chosen the paint colour for your first room, you should then keep to a similar colour palette for the adjacent rooms and walls. This simple yet very effective method not only gives your home depth, but will also ensure that each room complements each other, giving your home ‘flow’ in the process.

            Choose your bold room:

If you have a vision for a particular room, such as bold patterns or colours, then you should most definitely bite the bullet and let your interior dreams run wild! Utilise complimentary combinations of different bold colours to make your room stand out, in the best possible way; by doing so, the colour intensity will increase whilst still balancing out the room, and without looking garish. Some of the most effective complimentary bold colour combinations include:

  • Orange and blue
  • Yellow and purple
  • Red and green

Next, in the surrounding areas of your bold room, choose softer colours. These colours should be from a similar colour palette but in softer shades, in order to enhance even further the boldness of your original colours. You can, of course, place even more bold colours next to each other, but do so at your own risk!

Have an Open Spaces Strategy

If you have an open plan house, picking colours that work well together is essential. The best colour combinations for these spaces tend to be lighter or darker neutral colours, such as blues, greys and whites. If you opt for darker colours, it is important to accompany these with more vibrantly coloured pieces, including rugs, furniture and curtains. A lighter colour scheme such as beige suggests more relaxing tones, so areas with these coloured walls should be accessorised accordingly, with different textures. The best way to do this is with blankets and shaggy rugs.

Separate the Upstairs and the Downstairs

If your home has multiple floors, you can easily create different moods within your home through the colours you choose for each floor. For more inspiration for the best colour combinations for the bedroom, check out Amara’s ‘The Lux Pad’ post. Also, focusing on one floor at a time can help make the often exhaustive task of redecorating feel much more manageable.

Keep Hallways and Connecting Spaces Neutral

Neutral colours like white, beige and greige are foolproof choices for hallways and landings; giving your eyes a chance to rest in between rooms, if you have bold colour choices in your home. However, if you’ve stuck with neutrals in your main areas, then hallways and landings are a great place to inject some colour, without going over-the-top. Even just a shade or two darker can make a real difference.


Now that you have the basic knowledge for creating the best colour combinations for your home, go forth, get decorating and have fun! For more interior design inspiration, check out the rest of our blog.

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