5 Super Simple Ways to Mix and Match Colours in Your Interior


I used to have the MOST trouble, putting colours together. But my motto in life is that you can learn anything you put your mind to. Fast forward to today, and it is easy for me to mixi and match colours. It is a skill that can be learnt. AND it can be so much easier than you think. Let’s go.

1) Keep it within the family

Earth tones with earth tones, jewel tones with jewel tones, pastels with pastels… you get the idea.



In Abigail Ahern’s house (before she went to the dark side) you can see how she mixed and matched earth tones together beautifully. Notice how a big dose of neutrals to keeps it modern.



The above house is dark, yet still full of earth tones. It shows that by playing with neutrals, you can end up with a very different finished look.  In general:

  • White makes other colours feel more clean and fresh
  • Grey makes other colours feel more sophisticated and moody
  • Black makes other colours feel luxurious, cosy, and edgy



In the above photo, all the colours combine well together, because they are slightly grey.  This makes them a family.


2) Keep colours with their buddies.

And by that I mean, if the they are side by side on the colour wheel (below). You can combine 3 to 4 colours, sometimes more, if they are buddies.

What’s striking, is if you use pale versions of some of the colours with darker versions of some of the other colours.



Here Dimore Studios combines a dark Red, dark Purple, and soft pinks. The big dose of the grey (as the neutral),  makes a sophisticated and moody backdrop. Dimore Studios are so clever with their sophisticated colour combinations. Their website is great for getting inspiration.



A mix of blues, green, and yellows. The neutral in this case is the soft wood tones, which warm up the cooler blue and green colours, and acts in some ways like the yellow element, but more subdued.



Above Mixes and matches pinks, purples, and blues.  If you want to up the ante, add a small touch of the colour opposite the colours you’ve chosen on the colour wheel.  If we use the image above, pinks, purples, and blues are opposite to yellow on the colour wheel… and notice all the brass (yellow) accents in the room.


3) Opposites attract

And by that I mean combine colours across from one another on the colour wheel. What is particularly good, is to pick one of the colours as a pale colour (from the centre of the colour wheel). Then choose its opposite colour as a darker colour (from the outside of the colour wheel).


Dark Navy and Orange are combined to create interest in this room. The big dose of white sets the mood, making it feel fresh, and less intense



If not using neutrals as a backdrop, use one of the colours to dominate the room (in this room it’s the pale violet walls). This colour sets the mood of the room. Then the other colour (in this case, yellow) is a smaller accent, but is more striking, and brings the life to the scheme.



Pale Blue here is the main colour, and Orange works as the accent to liven up what would have been otherwise, a very cool and moody room.


4) Threesomes work. But I prefer two.

Colours that form a triangle on the colour wheel, also work well together. Pick one of the colours, as the main colour for the room. It will set the overall vibe. With the main colour chosen, use different versions of that one colour to add variety.

Then, the other colours work as accents to that colour. The accent colours can be more bright/bold and should be used in small doses. Two out of the three colours is the easiest to pull off successfully.

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In the below image they use all three colours. Blue is the main colour.  Yellow is the accent. Pinky purple is the third. If you want to use all three colours, use the third colour in a pattern, flowers, or small objects.



5) We all get our fair share

For multicolours to look good and not crazy, you are best to keep them as accents. And in even doses.  A background of neutrals for most of the space, helps give you some relief.


White as a backdrop for a combination of multi colours makes it feel fun, happy, and upbeat.

Grey as a backdrop makes it feel more urban, and a bit more sophisticated.

Black as a backdrop is more dramatic and almost disappears so the colours are the focus. It’s edginess stops colours from looking too happy or childlike.

Colour is highly personal. So it is best to understand the colours that truly make your heart sing first.  I remember once upon a time sticking to black and white only. It was easy and failsafe. Yet I felt bored. When I learnt to access the subconscious mind, I was able to finally put these ideas to use with colours I KNEW I could live with.

For that reason I had to share it. If you are wanting to be a bolder in your colour choices and see what are the colours designers use. Then download my FREE Guide here.


Published By: Rach Bryant

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