Choosing Colour

Understanding how colours 'behave' is one of the most difficult aspects of decoration to get right.

It has a lot do with ambient light, which is seldom constant and will cause colours to appear to change at different times of the day. Overcoming this variable is made easier with the use of 'Architectural Colours' as the consistent pigmentation in each set works in both artificial and natural lighting.

Before commencing any interior decoration project, it's important to consider the amount and direction of light, natural and artificial, as well as the architecture, purpose and size of the room being decorated.

Not all of us are experienced or have an interior designer on hand to help us choose colours. Before committing to a colour, plan where to make a definite statement and where to create sufficient emphasis to catch the light and eye. Use your natural intuition to instinctively pick colours that personally look right and are comfortable for you.

There are many ways to apply colour and it is important to have some insight into the style you wish to create before you begin. Our approach is very simple; colour schemes generally fall into three types: Contrasting, Monochromatic or Related.

Whether you're looking to achieve subtle sophistication through the use of  'Ice V' to create a clean and contemporary interior or a stronger, more classical look with the addition of darker woodwork to light walls. Sometimes the possibilities seem unlimited when combining colour schemes, but as a guide these generally fall into the three types above which can then be categorised further as 'Softly Contrasting', 'Strongly Contrasting', 'Monochromatic - Black and White', 'Monochromatic - Single Colour' and 'Related'.

Our colour cards are handcrafted and each of our 180 colour chips is painted in our chalky ‘Pure Flat Emulsion’- perfect for choosing colours. When you have made your initial colour decisions, ensure you order a sample pot – available in 125ml or 250ml. Sampling our colours in situ over a broader area, taking into account natural and artificial lighting changes throughout the day will enable you to confirm your colour decisions with confidence.

For Professionals - Colour Albums and Brush Out Boards featuring A5 painted samples of each of the Architectural and Original colours are perfect for gaining a clear representation of each unique shade.