One homeowner’s paint colour awakening

When Laura O'Shea moved into her new apartment she was struggling to pick the right paint colour for her living room walls – until her eyes came to rest on a photograph on her fridge door.

“It was from a recent holiday in Italy,” she explains. “It showed me in the foreground with lots of beautiful green olive groves rolling off into the distance behind me.”

“I decided that a similar shade of green would look great in my living room and I found the perfect paint in Dulux's Easycare Colour range. I chose Whistler Green, a beautiful calm green that reminded me of that moment in Italy, and I absolutely love it. The room feels so fresh and welcoming now.”

Five places to find room colour ideas

Once you start thinking about it, you’ll find colour inspiration everywhere you look. Here are a few more bold and beautiful colour schemes you can steal from the things you see around you.

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1) The natural world

Whether it’s a forest where you like to go for walks, your local park or even a plant on your windowsill, nature has lots of inspiration to offer. Inject energy into a space with tropical greens broken up with bright splashes of accent paint colour.

Which colours to use? Try Palm Night, Wild Cactus or Tumbled Glass

Create an edgy, urban scheme with pops of neon alongside an elegant grey Dulux colour, or take inspiration from the city skyline at sunset for a warm, laidback vibe.

2) An urban cityscape

Cities are jam-packed full of room colour ideas to copy. Create an edgy, urban scheme with pops of neon alongside an elegant grey, or take inspiration from the city skyline at sunset for a warm, laidback vibe.

Which colours to use? Try Urbanite with Russian Velvet 5 or Modernism with Exurbia

Bring that holiday feeling home with you by painting your walls in cheerful beach-inspired Dulux colours.

3) A beach holiday

Bring that holiday feeling home with you by painting your walls in cheerful beach-inspired paint colours. Sandy yellows and ocean blues look great together and evoke the invigorating atmosphere of the seaside.

Which colours to use? Try Desert Island 3 with Blue Seduction 2

Use your treasured object as the starting point for your colour schemes and you’ll find it hard to go wrong.

4) A treasured object

This could be a painting by your favourite artist, a colourful ornament or a souvenir you brought back from your last holiday. Use your treasured object as the starting point for your colour schemes and you’ll find it hard to go wrong.

Which colous to use? Try Summer Surprise 2 or Hepburn Blue

Your little red dress or favourite blue shirt could be the key to your decorating scheme as well as your outfit.

5) Your wardrobe

Your little red dress or favourite blue shirt could be the key to your decorating scheme as well as your outfit. If you like the paint colour but are worried it’ll be a bit much on your walls, just paint one feature wall – behind a headboard, for example – or use it as the colour for your window frames or a statement piece of furniture.
Which colours to use? Try Coral Shore or Denim Drift

Top tip

Still struggling to pick your colours? Use the Dulux Visualizer app to help you make the perfect choice and get a sneak peek of what your room will look like once it’s painted.