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Colour Charts

Brilliant colour styles to decorate your home simply based on when the Sun shines in your room.

Cool Colours, warm colours, harmonious and complementary colours.


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The Colour Chart 


Colour can be divided into groups of warm and cool colours. Warm colours include reds, pinks, oranges and golden yellows. Cold colours include blue-violets, blues, turquoise and blue-greens.

A gold colour can be 'warmed up' by adding a small amount of a warm colour closest to it in the colour wheel. The same rule applies in reverse, when you wish to cool a warm colour. 

Yellow to Red-Violet Colours on the Right of the Colour Wheel above are WARM COLOURS   

Yellow-Green to Violet Colours on the Left side of the Wheel above are COOL COLOURS.  













Harmonious Colours sit next to each other on the colour wheel. Yellow and Orange harmonise with each other as do Blue and Purple.





Colours that lie opposite each other in the colour wheel are called complementary colours. If used carefully and subtly in a room scheme, they can create the most dramatic, yet harmonious effects.


West facing room


Sunlight in the afternoon

 Peach and Terracotta  

North facing room


 little sunlight

Yellows and Pinks and 


South facing room


 Sunlight all day

 Gold and Creams

East facing room


Sunlight in the morning

Green and Blue


Light and Dark:

Some colours have a greater luminosity than others. This means that they reflect more of the light. 


A room painted with light colours will seem larger than the same room painted with dark colours. This is because the light rebounds from wall to wall as it is reflected from it's source. Whites, creams and yellows make the most of space in this way and so lend themselves perfectly to small rooms. Darker colours actually absorb the rays of light, making the room seem smaller.

It is normally recommended that darker shades be used in larger rooms with lots of natural light or rooms that are mostly used in the evenings i.e. dining rooms.    

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