the do's and don'ts of colour

by asian paints on 10th Dec 2018

Getting started with planning the colour scheme for your home? Keep these basic colour combination guidelines handy when planning out your home's decor.


These are the three main types of colour combinations that you can use:

  • Monochromatic
  • Complementary
  • Analogous



  • Do not use more than two primary colours in one room
  • Too many colours in a room create chaos
  • Build the colours in the room around the colour of the feature wall
  • Dark colour should be used against a light background
  • Accents or strong colours provide points of focus in a room
  • Keep the background colour white, light, or toned down to highlight details like accents, trim, niches, corners etc.
  • Use warm accents in a cool colour scheme


  • Dark rooms require plenty of light and need to be painted in light colours
  • Rooms used at night need colours that look best in artificial lights – white or yellow



  • Large areas may be painted with dark and bright colours
  • Identical colours on wall and woodwork create a clean and uncluttered look
  • Colours of natural material need to be considered while planning the room
  • Colours of the upholstery / carpet and curtains have to be in sync with the wall colours. They can either be similar or be in complementary combinations with the wall colour



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