This seems like such a daunting task, doesn’t it? There are so many colours to choose from. This is why I was created, or born or factory produced…to epp, now I can join Olamide in singing that awesome song.

First things first, colour palettes are a set of colors you want to use for a project.

There’s something else we need to know before we go deeper. I want us to understand a bit about colours;

There are only 12 hues.

Yes, these 12 hues are technically the root of all colours as you can see in the colour wheel below.

So basically this narrows down your options.

This leads us to shades and tints.

Shades are basically obtained by adding black to any colour or hue and tints are obtained by mixing any of the hues or adding white. So, in choosing your colour palette you’re working with hue, tints and shades.

And also there’s a simple colour theory that solves all your colour blending doubts. It states that opposite colours in the colour wheel always complement each other.

Isn’t that sweet

Step 1

Understand the space

The type of activities that go on in the space as well as the importance of that space (in relation to the other spaces in the house) would greatly affect the hue you choose to work with. More active spaces should have brighter hues and cooler spaces should have more neutral hues

Step 2

Start choosing colours from the most important space in the building.

Find the most central space (or the largest) and choose a colour scheme that expresses how you want users of that space to feel. You should start out by choosing the colours of the wall except the floor has a larger surface area than the walls.

If it is a residential interior, you could use a low neutral hue e.g. cream, beige, white, light ash etc. depending on the hue of the walls pick complementary colours for the furniture, floor finish and other room accessories.

it is also becoming increasingly modern for a space to have more than one colour for the walls, remember our colour theory above, feel free to apply

Step 3


For your corridors, use a neighboring hue or a different hint or shade from the adjoining space that the corridor is visible from, and make sure to use accessories to take advantage other recess and protrusions in your space.

Always remember that accessories such as: paintings and furniture are good avenues of splashing colours within your space and adding the extra factor.

Step 4

Adjoining rooms

At this point, you don’t need to maintain the hue you used in your living room and corridor. Tints of blue and green such as turquoise and colour mixes that involve cream or white or ash can act as the base colours for your walls, just remember to complement and contrast the hue of your floor finish and ceilings


Your ceilings and floor finish don’t have to be plain coloured, a finish involving various colour patterns could add life to your space.

Service rooms

In service rooms, the textures of the wall and floor finishes are almost as vital as the hue expressing how you want your user to perceive the space.

Toilets and bathrooms tend to have lighter hue finishes and kitchens tend to use predominantly dark hue finishes which usually hover around neutral hues such as black, white, ash. Monochrome tends to be the simplest way to give your bathrooms a classy feel.



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