How to Colour Match in the Home

Parker Knoll Canterbury 

There’s no doubt that sticking to a neutral palette is an easy way to create a beautiful space, but adding bold colours and patterns can be a lot more straight-forward than you might think.

The first step is to choose a base colour to work from. Certain colours can actually improve your mood, using orange for example can create a sense of reassurance and warmth while green generates feelings of balance and stability, so it’s important to think about how you want to feel in your chosen room. Selecting a neutral colour means you can alter the overall feel of the room by changing curtains, cushions and furniture without worrying too much about the walls, though you need to consider the colour of the flooring and whether this will work with other styles. Your base colour might come from your favourite artwork, a cushion or your favourite set of curtains.

Once you have found a base, you can move on to matching other colours with it. Using sites such as Pinterest to create a mood board of shades you like will help you to get an overall idea of how the finished look will come together, but the easiest way to mix and match is to stick within a spectrum of tones, such as:

  • Warm tones – autumnal colours such as red, brown, yellow and orange create a cosy, inviting atmosphere.
  • Cool tones – sea and sky colours like greens, blues, turquoise and aqua-marine help to produce a relaxing yet fresh environment.
  • Monotones – sticking to a black and white theme with accents of gold, soft lilac or hot pink creates a contemporary feel.
  • Neutral tones – a palette of natural stone, grey, amber and ochre will make any room feel modern and inviting.
  • Citrus tones – colours such as lime green, acid yellow or bright orange gives energy and vigour to a space.


Cushions, throws and curtains can be used as accents for stronger colours, but remember that choosing curtains that blend in with the walls helps to make a room feel larger by creating an unbroken line.


If you are looking to colour match in your home, get in touch with our experienced, knowledgeable staff by calling 01934 513740 or email us via the Contact Us page. You can also visit us at our furniture and carpet showroom on the High Street in Weston-super-Mare.


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Posted by Brian Skidmore
20th January 2017

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