Home colours guidebook: 22+ Rare colour combinations & ideas

a colourful living area


Colours can transform a house into the of your dreams. Choosing the correct colour is extremely important for the overall of your home. The combination you choose for the and exterior of your has a significant impact on your daily life.

Different colour combinations work for different people. While one person may prefer an all-white monochromatic and minimalistic look, the other person may go for a deep red with brown to create a rustic and homely vibe.

Colour selection is a personal choice which is influenced by various factors. It depends entirely on the homeowner to make a choice they are comfortable with.

This article deals with the best colour ideas and combinations. Read along to understand how colour psychology and colour wheel impact the different areas of the house.



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Colour wheel theory


Colour wheel representing primary, secondary and tertiary colours
Colour Wheel Theory

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The colour wheel is an arrangement of colours and their hues according to their wavelength. The colour wheel consists of three primary colours: red, yellow and blue. Primary colours are mixed to derive secondary colours namely green, violet and orange. Tertiary colours are derived by combining equal parts of a primary and secondary colour,  like blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange, blue-green and yellow-green. You also get opposite pairings known as complementary colours which are red and green, yellow and purple, and orange and blue among others. The colour wheel helps in creating a suitable colour combination for your home. You can select combinations for your from the colour wheel.


Colour psychology for the

Colour psychology is a study that shows how colours affect human behaviour. Warm colours like red, orange and yellow exhibit emotions like comfort, love and warmth whereas cool colours like blue, green and purple are calm and soothing. It is widely believed that colours in our influence our mood and therefore our lives. Every colour denotes a certain emotion. You can match the colour with how you want the to look and feel and also with the of your home. Colour psychology is also taken into consideration while selecting the outside colour of a home.


Trending colours and ideas 




White Colour Combination for a Scandinavian style home
A calm and soothing white colour combination for this breakfast nook

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White is often the most popular colour in home design. It is the perfect mix of elegance, sophistication and versatility. It gives the space a crisp fresh vibe. Also, it provides a clean slate to the designer and is not only minimalistic but also classic and timeless. It creates an illusion of space and acts as a perfect backdrop to work around. It maximises the use of natural and helps in enhancing the effect of artificial lighting. The white colour also helps with the styling of accessories and helps them stand out. This colour is also a common choice for the outside walls of the home.




Blue Wall colour with indigo double doors
Make your look cool with this blue-on-blue combination

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The blue colour in the home adds a cool and classic aesthetic. It can be the focal point in a when used with a neutral colour. Also, it can add depth to an all-white space and the combination of blue and gold is considered a match made in heaven. This primary colour is easy to style. While this colour does not belong to a particular era, it can be both contemporary or classic in its approach. Choosing darker shades of blue helps in preventing the from looking too bulky. The blue colour in combination with white is commonly used for the outside walls of a home.




Home with Orange colour walls in living room
Orange lends a warm and rustic feel to this living

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A pop of orange colour in interiors can create a vibrant and engaging vibe. A warm colour nestled between yellow and red on the colour wheel, orange is also the colour of autumn. It can be contemporary or eccentric depending on the different tones used. Generally, it is used to add drama and as an accent. Orange works well with white to create a soothing colour combination. It can be used with brown colour to give a cosy vibe to the design.




Pastel pink colour walls with pastel pink sofa for this home
Make your living zen-like with these pastel colours

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Pastel colours are everywhere when you look around. From blush pinks to baby blues, magic mints, rose tans, soft lavenders and pale mauves the list is endless. These colours have been associated with happiness, serenity and peace. Pastels can be paired with white and added in the form of or accessories. Also, the shades can be used as accent colours. Using a pastel will give a soothing vibe to your home.




Stunning Red Living

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Red is a powerful colour that can add warmth and drama to a space. This colour is associated with love, romance, passion, good fortune, fertility and elegance. The red colour is often used to create a stunning impact on interiors. It works well with neutral colours like white and grey to create a retro and cosy look. Red when paired with gold is royal and majestic. It complements wooden finishes to create a rustic look. The emerging trend is to add a touch of red colour to the outside walls of a home.




Grey colour bathroom for a modern home
Black and White Minimalistic

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Grey colour has become a popular choice with homeowners and professionals. Grey is a versatile neutral colour that helps in making a place look spacious and airy. It creates a soft palette that acts as a cocoon in the winter months. It helps in giving a sophisticated and unobtrusive look to a place. grey colour when used in combination with white looks chic and functional. Using grey with beige or brown gives a warm homely feel. Grey is commonly used as an outside colour for our in modern times.




a living room with light gold wall colour, blue arm chair and gold detailing
Elegant blue and gold living

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Using metallic colours in your can make it sparkle and glamorous. A touch of gold, silver and rose gold adds shine and shimmer to a space. These luxe metallic textures transform a space making it look royal and majestic. Emerald green, soft pink, red and blue complement the golden colour. Metallic colours go well with marble and can be used in items. If balanced well with simple pieces, they can become the talking point of the interiors.




Bright purple wall colour with an off-white couch for this home
Contemporary living with purple walls

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The purple colour gives a royal and creative feel to a design. A combination of blue and red, it can be dramatic or subdued as per its use. Purple denotes power and wealth. Purple goes well with whites and greys to create a style statement.




Yellow walls on kitchen with white cabinets and marble dining table top
Vintage yellow with white cabinets for this

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A splash of yellow can create feelings of joy and cheerfulness. Using yellow in is often considered a designer’s trick as it immediately lightens up a space. The colour of flowers and sunshine, yellow goes well with neutral colours. Vintage yellow looks eclectic and adds drama to a space.  Yellow colour is a mainstay in Indian kitchens and dining rooms as it is said to mentally stimulate appetite. Yellow colour is used for the exterior as well.




Modern home with green wall colour and light pink sofa and a small wood coffee table
A different and stunning combination of green and pink

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Green is generally associated with growth, freshness, prosperity and harmony. The colour of forests, green has a raw aesthetic to it. Tranquil and soothing, this colour can look royal and stunning when paired with gold. Green when paired with earthy browns, suave greys and cool whites can look refreshing and grand. Painting your in green colour is said to relieve stress.


colours for different zones  


colours for the bedroom


Luxurious home with Upholsted black colour bed with marble backdrop and gold detailing
Luxurious Black Bedroom

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The bedroom is the place where one spends the most amount of time when at home; therefore, the bedroom colour selection must be correct. A bedroom should look relaxing and peaceful. You could choose the classic combination of white with wood and add colour through furnishings and accessories. Grey colour used in combination with off-whites and pastel hues looks lovely in a home. Monochromatic in the bedroom when balanced properly with adds the wow factor to a home. Blue, green, soft pink, white, red and beige are considered the best colours for a restful sleep.

When you have a small bedroom you can go for lighter colours like white and pale grey as they make a look bigger. If you want to add colour you can create an accent with a darker colour. If the bedroom does not receive abundant natural you can use bright colours like orange, yellow and pink to brighten the room.


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patel pink walls with black and white geometric tiles and green cabinets in the kitchen
Contemporary pastel

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Kitchens today are designed in such a way that not only do they serve their purpose of cooking, but are also stylish. While designing a one can go for a neutral palette with metallic finishes. You can also use a combination of warm and cool colours for the kitchen. Wood finishes are also trending. Two-toned kitchen designs are a blend of two different shades for the base and the cabinet. The colour of the appliances also plays a role in interiors.

Most kitchens receive some amount of natural light, so you can use white, yellow, orange, and red among other colours to add more depth to the kitchen. Even if the is small, a well-designed layout and cool colours such as white, lighter shades of yellow, pink and grey can make the look bigger.


colours for the living


Peach walls, blue sofa and green armchair with wood flooring for this living room
Cosy and inviting living

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The living is a place where the family hangs out and entertains their guests. Modern living rooms often serve as the showstopper in interiors, so while designing the living one can use subtle pastel colours and add layers in the form of patterned furnishings. Monochromatic colours are quite fashionable when it comes to living decor. Warm colours add a cosy vibe to the living area and using them in combination with beige, tan and gold gives a lively feel to the home. A splash of red, a touch of vintage yellow, emerald green and white, and eclectic blue are some of the colour ideas that can brighten the space. A popular option in the contemporary world is a minimalistic all-white living area which is a classic and chic combination.

Natural adds warmth and cosiness to a room, so even if you have less natural you can use lighter colours like white, beige or ivory to reflect more and brighten the visual space. The best colours for a small living are pure white, cream, yellow, grey and dark blue. Dark blue can be used as it creates the illusion of enlarged walls. For a larger living area, you can use darker colours like purple and navy blue with warm undertones as it gives a cosy and comfortable feel to the space.


colours for the dining


Blue dining room with wood table and yellow chairs
Striking blue and yellow dining area

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The dining space is one of the most used spaces in a home. Thus, it is pivotal that it is a comfortable and well-designed area. The dining plays host to family gatherings and dinner parties. The colours for the dining interiors can be a blend of earthy neutrals like beige, brown and grey and vibrant shades like yellow, blue, red and green. Also, offbeat choices like pink and purple balanced with white are popular. The most commonly used colours are yellows and oranges as they are said to mentally stimulate appetite.

Most dining rooms generally don’t have access to sunlight. Therefore, it is necessary to use a mix of neutral hues like white, beige and grey with bright colours like yellow, orange and green to make the area look bigger. You can use jewel tones like gold and silver in larger dining rooms to give them a royal look and when used with darker colours like emerald and blue they add warmth to a space.


colours for the


a white, golden and brown marble bathroom with bathtub and wash basin sink
Rich white and brown

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Most urban bathrooms are small in size. Therefore, it is important that the colours that are chosen for a be such that they create an illusion of space. The most popular choice is white which makes a look open and airy. A cool blue gives a crisp look to a bathroom. There is no other colour which is as glamorous as black. Many powder rooms use an exquisite combination of pink and gold. Yellow feels like sunshine and adds a cheerful vibe to a bathroom. Greens added in the form of paint or plants give a fresh feel to the bathroom.

Most bathrooms lack natural so you have to use colours which will enhance the artificial used in the bathroom. Blue and white are generally the favourite colours to reflect light. If you have a small you can use grey, beige white, pale blue and deep green to make the look larger. If you have a large you can create a palette of and dark colours to add a glamorous look to the bathroom.


Best colours for the office


Small home office with pink table and white chair
Pretty pink desk for modern office

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While offices were an emerging trend since the beginning of the 21st century, they have become an absolute necessity in the post-pandemic work-from- era. A dynamic colour combination can brighten the office. Neutrals when used with the right mix of items and furnishings can be appealing. Greens and blues add a cool aesthetic. Black and white look minimalistic and sophisticated. Using patterns with grey gives an eclectic feel to the space.

Using white is a good option to make a small home office look spacious and open. Warm shades like brown and taupe make the place look cosy while making it look larger. Since most offices are created in nooks or spare rooms, natural is generally scarce. In these scenarios, you can use colours like aqua, yellow, leafy green and white to optimise the use of available light.


colours for the foyer


large foyer with colourful artwork and blue convertible installation
Stunning foyer with colourful art

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The entryway or the foyer of a house should be elegant and jazzy. It is generally a transitional space which opens into the living area. While neutrals like white, grey, beige and black are the most popular choices, one can go with an electric purple, royal red, blush pink, navy blue and mauve among other options to make a style statement. Adding metallic detailing with gold, silver, copper or rose gold will give a luxurious look to the space.

In case your foyer does not get enough natural  using colours like white, beige, pale yellow, and pink paired with good sources of artificial makes the entryway look cheerful and welcoming. White, grey and wood colours look elegant in smaller foyers, whereas purple, metallic colours and red make large foyers look compact and cosy.


Best outside colours


Blue exterior colours for this double storeyed home
Cool Blue Exteriors

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Picking the right colours for the outside walls of our is as important as picking the colours of our interiors. The colour of the exteriors should be such that it grabs the attention of people at once. Paint companies in India have launched numerous collections by following this emerging trend. Various waterproof, weatherproof, anti-dust, antibacterial and antifungal exterior paint colours are now available. The exterior paint must be sturdy, durable and of high quality. 

White is a favourite outside colour as it creates a serene and pristine atmosphere and it helps keep the house cooler. Blue-grey, pink, pale yellow and leafy green exterior colours are used for homes. Cream and brown are classic colours for the outside which give an earthy and rooted look to the home. Blue and white, red and beige, and yellow and green are other perfect combinations to give home exteriors a welcoming look.


Tips to select the best paint colours for home 

If you are wondering how to choose the best colours for your home, here are some easy tips to help you select the best shades that work for you:

  1. You should choose a colour combination from the colour wheel theory as the colour schemes are well-balanced. For example, you can choose an analogous colour scheme which comprises three colours adjacent to each other on the wheel and when used together they create a harmonious look to the design.
  2. One should follow the rule of three, which states that a maximum of three colours should be used in a room. It is advised to follow the 60-30-10 ratio which says that you should use 60% of the dominant colour, 30% of the secondary colour and 10% of the accent colour to achieve a flawless blend.
  3. Have a coveted art piece? Colours can be chosen from there as most painters are also masters of colour.
  4. One of the most important steps to select the for your is doing a sample test. Most companies offer sample paint sizes so that a small area can be tested without having to redo the entire wall.
  5. Colour selection depends on the dimensions of the space. You cannot pick dark colours for small spaces as they will make the space look smaller whereas using white and similar colours in a small area creates an illusion of space. If you like dark colours, you can make an accent with them and balance it with white on other walls.
  6. The colour combination selected also depends on the natural available inside the as it can transform a room. With ample natural light, painting the walls in neutral shades will make the look more spacious and airy.


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Colours can make or break a space. A homeowner’s tastes and preferences as well as the emotions each colour portrays help in finalising the colour combinations of space. You can see how colour wheel theory presents various options to choose the perfect room colour combination. You can choose from monochromatic, complementary and analogous colour schemes.

Colour psychology is a means of creating a specific atmosphere or mood. Every hue invokes a specific feeling. It is a powerful tool that impacts the mood of the room. It is important to consider the atmosphere you wish to create and then choose the colours which will help you achieve that.

Different colours create different effects in home design. You must choose the correct colour according to the look you want to achieve. The selection also depends on the dimensions of the and the natural available.

Colours bring a different vibe and ambience to each room. Creating rooms with fresh bright colours energises and boosts your mood while using cool colours creates a calm and soothing effect. You can go for outside colours like white, brown, grey, green, pale yellow and blue, to give a welcoming look to the home.

You should choose the right colours for your as it is the most influential and fundamental aspect of design.

Now that you have all the necessary information and inspiration for choosing the best colours, you can go all in and paint your in beautiful hues.


*The featured image used in the article is from Boca Do Lobo




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