Create a mood board

A mood board is a great way to collect, collate and share your ideas. Flick through magazines and catalogues to collect any images that spark the imagination. You may also find it helpful to collect fabric, paint and wallpaper samples from your local home suppliers.

If you prefer to do your research online, try a digital mood board like Pinterest ( It’s a great bookmarking tool that allows you to store and share images and ideas online.

Look at your wardrobe

Spend some time looking at the clothes that you wear – this should give you a good indication of which colours you tend to lean towards. Knowing what colours you look good and feel comfortable in is a great place to start.

Get inspired by nature

Nature is a wonderful source of effortless colour combinations. Take a walk on the wild side and get amongst the great outdoors. Which landscapes make you feel most alive?

Work around furniture

If you’re decorating a room from scratch, but are keeping an existing element, such as a sofa or curtains, then use this as a starting point for your colour scheme.

Get nosy!

We all love to peek inside other people’s houses. Why not take inspiration from spaces that you love, be it a friend’s house, your favourite café, or a hotel you loved staying in?

Look around you

Take note of your most treasured homewares. Have you got a cushion or bedspread that instantly adds style to any space? Pick out colours from a favourite patterned accessory, then include the item in your finished room for a coordinated, personal look.

Travel virtually

From the comfort of your armchair, flick through photos from your favourite holiday to remind you of the striking colours that you loved from your trip.

Play around with colour swatch cards

If you fancy painting a whole room in different tones of one hue, the Dulux colour swatch cards are a great source of inspiration. They each feature six tones of one colour, so you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

Choose a painting that you love

Art can also inspire stunning colour schemes. Select a few key colours from a painting you love for a colour scheme that’s guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing.

Follow your instincts

There are no rules when it comes to choosing colour combinations. As long as you love it, it’s right. So be bold and follow your instincts – go on, we dare you!