Develop Colour Confidence

Whether you’re looking for something light, dark, bold or monochromatic, all of the choices can be overwhelming. We’re here to help with some basics of using colour in design or using a colour theme to help with your choices.


Basics of Using Colour in Design

  • Don’t get caught up by considering in too many choices. Start with the colours you like and build your palette from there.
  • If you’re looking to create some interest, using opposites in varying intensities (light or dark) can create a visually appealing space, without being too dramatic
  • Adjacent or monochromatic hues used in various intensities are interesting and fail-safe
  • Looking to keep it straightforward, pick a colour you have seen that appeals to you – this may be in neutrals, whites or lights.


Colour Themes 101

Choosing a colour theme is one of the quickest ways to ensure your space will look great. We’ve broken down the three most common colour schemes to help you start making great colour choices.


Complementary - Complementary colour schemes are generally based on one dominant colour with the opposite colour being used as an accent. The most obvious choices are from the core 6 colour families in contrasting combinations: yellow and violet, red and green, blue and orange. In decorating this may mean you have all cream walls and trim (yellow family) with smoky plum cushions (violet) on your beige (yellow family) sofa.
Monochromatic - Monochromatic colour schemes are based on variations of one colour using light, dark and brightness to create an interesting look. For example, you would be using a monochromatic colour scheme if you had light blue grey walls, charcoal grey floors and denim blue accent furniture.
Adjacent or analogue - The adjacent or analogue colour scheme is based on using colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. These colour schemes often use variations of 3 colours like blue, blue-violet (or purple), and purple. Ideally, you would still use one dominant colour, still use the second significantly, and then use the third as an accent colour.


One thing to keep in mind is that painting is one of the easiest, most cost-effective and most powerful updates you can make to your home. Check out our colours.


About Us

Digby Paints is Canada's first online paint store. Skip the trip to the hardware store and shop Digby Paints’ premium paint and curated colour palette online. Consider your colour options from the comfort of your couch with our hassle-free colour cards. We’ll ship everything you need (including supplies!) right to your door.

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