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Interior Design Colors

by Thompson Ani |June 1, 2019 | Blogs, interior design

Interior Design Colors – Choosing the Right Colors for Your Space

What is it about interior design colors that make them attractive? That is because just as the rainbow is attractive in its remarkable wonder, colors create the same flow of unique character to spaces. In the world of interior design, nothing makes a more powerful tool than colors. They can help express individuality and more.

Selecting the appropriate colors takes experience, time, patience, effort topped with creative genius and that’s where professionals like Maul Works come in.

  • The preferred ambience will have to be put into consideration, first and foremost.
  • Balance the colors and shades that can give emphasis to a certain spot while giving some spaces a lighter look.
  • Choose appropriate interior design color to make a room look airier/cooler or warmer.
  • Pick the right neutral colors to maintain a preferred tone.

With the right color treatment and combination, any room could be given a natural boost. This is probably the reason why those who choose to become interior designers have made it a point to master the art of colors because with colors, there is an endless possibility of concepts that lead to magnificent creations within any given structure.

When choosing to design the interior of a home or an office, a color swatch may be tested under different kinds of lights to test the effect the light will give once a particular hue is exposed under the beam.

Ok, Ok, Its pretty obvious I’m on a crusade to get you all getting jiggy with the colour vibe. So I’ve decided in this post to get right back to basics. Sharpen your pencils boys and girls; we’re going back to school to learn a bit about the theory of colour. Out there in the wild wicked west of interiors it can feel very daunting when picking out your own colour scheme- which is possibly one of the reasons people go for the oh so obvious neutral shades. I’m cool with that if you a beige type of soul, but if you have an inkling that you’re a color lover- its time to get empowered!

Ok- lets bring out the big guns- the Colourists secret weapon…•drum roll• the Colour Wheel!

The colour wheel is a fail-safe way of working out what works with what- anyone who works with colour; interior designers, artists and architects have all learned the theory. The classic colour wheel is made up of 12 hues- lets call one half the cool colours and the other the warm hues. You’ve then got your Primary, secondary and tertiary colours as you work away from the primary- you keeping up?!.


Dictionary corner:

Hue: a colour or shade. The attribute of discernable colour i.e. red, blue, yellow etc.

Primary Colours: Red, Blue and Yellow

Secondary Colours: Green Orange and purple

Tertiary colours: mix a primary with a secondary, and whaddya get? lime, turquoise, magenta etc.

Add white, black or grey to create a different tint, tone or shade from the original.

Tone: The particular quality of brightness, deepness, or hue of a shade of a colour. The general effect of colour or light and shade in a picture. Adding grey to a colour effects the tone

Shade: A colour, especially with regard to how light or dark it is or as distinguished from one nearly like it: “various shades of blue”. Add black to alter the shade of a colour.

Tint: A shade or variety of a colour. Add white to change the tint.

In the modern colour wheel you begin with red, blue and yellow as they are what all other colours derive from. The secondary colours are then made by mixing two of the primaries together…remember doing this in primary school! Tertiary colours are then made by mixing a primary with a secondary to give us lime green, turquoise, magenta, peach, deep purple and so much more. There are boundless tints, shades and tones wheeled out, by mixing different combinations, all called tertiary colours. We are very lucky that our paint manufactures know all this stuff, which is why we have such a mind-boggling choice on offer!

Effects Created by Interior Design Colors

Before applying the original color of choice, know the importance of a primer. It helps prevent a color bleed-through which if not averted may alter the final touch of the actual color. After the necessary preparations, the application of colors will definitely add weight or warmth to a room, make it seem cooler or keep it simple.


  • Bright colors are attention-getters and may be a good choice for spots that needs to be emphasized.
  • Balance proportions with illusions of width using color techniques such as darker wall ends in contrast to the main wall’s lighter shade.


  • The right interior design colors can transform dull or loud tones to a cozier ambience.
  • Make a room more inviting and welcoming with tints that set off a reassuring feeling.
  • Intimate spaces are created with the use of warm earth tints that look naturally cozy and comfortable.

Cooler & Spacious Effect

  • White or pastel shades are effective in giving a cramped space a more open look.
  • Wall and furniture of similar or closely matched colors give a room a wider effect.
  • Delicate colors are perfect for a cooler room effect. They give a fresh, relaxing touch to a room.


  • Neutral colors are perfect for balance, allowing a space to blend perfectly with its surrounding.
  • Lighter shades allow better versatility concerning accessories and furniture. Even curtains of different colors or patterns can easily blend well.

Choosing the right interior design colors for your home will give each space its own personality but consider the function before painting. Once you feel certain about the color of choice not only for its aesthetic appeal but for its functionality, then it would be exciting to see the result.

So there we have it- the colour wheel in a nutshell. Now I have never ever designed a room scheme by using a Colour wheel. For all my experience designing rooms, I like to go with my gut- and I’m sure that’s how a lot of designers work. So I’d advise that your next step would be to have some fun with a mood board and some paint chips. Interior design shouldn’t be painting by numbers- you’ll get the feeling when something looks smoking- so have a go…it’s only paint!!!

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Thompson Ani

Thompson Ani is an engineer and interior designer. He has received an Independence Magazine Publisher award, numerous nominations and is an Ambassador of Street Project Foundation. He strives to design unique interiors that will have a positive impact on his clients’ lives. With more than 5years of experience, he possesses an inmate desire to create and design interiors that exceeds clients’ expectations. With an eye for quality, a superior sense of style, and client-centered approach to business, Thompson Ani has proven himself of creativity, collaboration and forward thinking with a structured, organized and detailed mentality; enabling him to deliver focused development, follow through and total completion to each aspect of the design. He acts in the capacity of creative director and managing director for MAUL WORKS LIMITED. He led large-scale residential projects and partnered on mid to large-scale project in lagos as the lead designer and consultant.

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