BEFORE YOU PAINT: Expert tips on Colour & Design

Choosing the right paint colour for your walls is a big decision. It has to match your furniture, decor, style, floors and other rooms in the home.

You don’t want to put all that effort into painting, only to realise, you chose the wrong colour!

How can we make this decision easier for you? How about with tips from the experts…


  • Blank palettes are easier to start from and allow you to choose any colour to suit your tastes.
  • Most rooms you will need to match with fabric, flooring in order to make the room feel cohesive and usable.
  • Choose a consistent colour palette if your rooms are open and connected.
  • If you have a long room or irregular walls paint a cool colour on the the long walls, and a warm colour on narrow walls to make room more balanced.

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Once you decide on a colour scheme for your design project, you can use a helpful online tools such as Pittsburgh Paints Voice of Colour. There you will find Harmony Chips which combine 5 colours that you can use to create cohesive and balanced room decor. These are great starting points that combine paint colours with those found in current textile market trends. You can pick up these Harmony Chips from POCO Building Supplies and test them on your own walls, with your lighting and against existing fabrics and features you want to tie in to your rooms decor.

When working with colour chips, a common error is to hold them up against a white wall. Instead – use these chips against existing design elements to give you a clear visual clue as to whether or not they will work with other colours in your design scheme.


A great tip is to test these colour chips in various light conditions throughout the day, so that you are sure you’re happy with how the light changes how the colour looks on your walls. Sometimes even a nuetral beige can look pink in evening light – so you will need to be sure that your colour transitions successfully as the light changes throughout the day.

Tone on tone colouring or layering is a method designers use to create balanced decor in any room. This means taking a single colour or colours and uses a different saturation of each tone. You can dramatically transform a room by simply lightening a colour or shade.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints® provides helpful hints on using colors in your home design projects. Visit Voice of Color for more tips and advice.

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