I’ve been doing so much colour training with AkzoNobel and Dulux recently that I thought it was about time I shared a little bit of colour know how on my blog!

I love the range of Dulux paint colours – and applying the theory and science of colour to pull together design schemes for my clients. Colour is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to change the way an interior space feels and, consequently, the way you feel when you are in that space!

Use warm colours – such as red, orange and yellow to create sunny, cosy and welcoming spaces. Warm colours remind us of fire, chilli peppers, the sun, sand, custard, candle light – so they are linked to a feeling of warmth.  Visually, with longer waves lengths on the colour spectrum – these colours appear to advance towards us – and in doing so give us a sense of a more inviting, cosy space.


Cool colours – such as green, blue and violet can be used to create tranquil and airy rooms. These colours are reminiscent of the sea, sky, open fields and violet starry nights. These big expanses of space give us a sense of tranquility, light and airyness. These colours’ relatively shorter wave lengths don’t advance so rapidly – and so feel more like they recede. If you want to make a small space feel bigger or to create a soothing retreat – use cool colours. Their link to nature – be it trees, fields, sea or sky adds to the element of calm you can create using these colours.


There is, as always, a caveat! The tone or depth of colour is also really important. Dark tones of ANY colour will appear to advance, whilst paler shades will recede. Tone trumps colour! I don’t know the original source of this quote but Queen of Colour Marianne Shillingford (Creative director @ Dulux) always says “Colour gets all of the glory, but tone does all of the work”. So, whilst blue is a cool colour that can be used to create open, airy spaces – using a dark navy or midnight blue on a wall will create a more initimate and moody feel (as the wall will appear to advance towards you).

Have fun with colour and create spaces that look and feel the way you want them to. Try using colour to change the shape and perception of a room – for instance use darker shades on the end walls of a thin, narrow room to visually square it up and make it feel less long! If you don’t want to go full on with bold colour – then use a punch of colour to highlight architectural details or to act as a backdrop to a piece of art or furniture.

I do offer a colour advisory service – starting at just £125 – so, if you’re still stuck or not sure where to start – get in touch! Your dream space is closer than you think.