Express yourself - find your perfect colour scheme

Colour, it’s a powerful thing. A form of non-verbal communication, colour can evoke emotion, create a reaction or have symbolic meaning. Our theme this month is a spring-inspired revamp for your home, and what better place to start than with colour selection.

Let’s begin with colour for your bathroom or kitchen. Think these are ‘play it safe areas’ and not for experimentation? Think again! Self-identity is what really makes your house a home – and that includes putting your stamp on ALL your rooms.

When deciding on colour palettes, take inspiration from your clothing. Seriously. Your clothes reflect your personality and so should your home. If you’re drawn to wearing dark colours, then choose these for your interiors too. For the perfect balance when decorating a space, divide the colours into components of 60 percent of a dominant colour (walls), 30 percent of a secondary colour (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent colour (accessories).

Not sure of your own colour style? Try this quiz from Allison Smith to find your colour season:

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Mostly As: Your colour season is winter. The strength of black, white, and rich, bold colours tends to appeal to you.

Mostly Bs: Your colour season is spring. These palettes feature clear pigments common to spring-flowering bulbs.

Mostly Cs: Your colour season is summer. Colours from the beach, such as sand, coral and ocean blue complement this season.

Mostly Ds: Your colour season is autumn. Shades from nature, such as greens, burnt reds and oranges, as well as golden hues, predominate in autumn palettes.

Remember, this is just a guide and you should trust your own instincts. If you choose your colours honestly, other people will appreciate it because it's you, even if they'd never go with a similar look for their own house. So, if you want to decorate every room in your house red, white and blue, go for it! You can make any colour scheme look great if it truly reflects your personal style.

For a wide selection of colours, opt for our Selkie range:

For core colours and distinct patterns, try our Ancona range:

For natural palettes, choose our Versatile range: