How to select my colour scheme & a shortlist of my favourite colours

If you require a colour consultant, 3D inspirations has a deal where if you buy enough paint, the consultancy fee will be free as this is offset by the discount you receive on the paint when buying paint via the consultant. If you are like me and wonder why you require expertise, as you believe you have the taste to select your own colours, then below is a get start list of colours I believe to be classics.  Colour preferences is very “personal” so choose those which make you happy.


  • Colours appear darker on the wall than on a swatch. Hence if it looks slightly lighter than what you prefer, it is probably the right one.
  • If you are unsure, buy a sample pot (approx. $7). This is better than repainting an entire wall.  Painting the colour on a sheet of cardboard would enable you to move it around the house. View the sample at different times of the day to see how the light changes the colour.
  • To create unity, minimise the number of colours used. I find using various tones of the same colour creates a great canvas  and keeps the unity (eg. Dark brown feature wall with light brown surrounding walls). Remember to keep in mind the bigger picture. Your room may look boring with minimal colours however when you add colours in the way of soft furnishing or upholstery these items would stand out with less to compete with. Click here to view sample.
  • Consider the mood you would like to create. I find darker colours make rooms more intimate and cosy. Note however that the risk is making the room feel small. I used Wattyl Wild Yukon in the bedroom and loved it since my bedroom does not need to be super bright.
  • Keep brighter colours for living quarters like the kitchen and living room. Imagine sleeping in a room that is painted bright red or orange. In Feng-Shui terms there will be too much yang and energy for you to have a restful night.
  • For rooms that do not receive that much light, avoid using “grey base” paint as it would make the room look dull (eg. in one of the hallways I used Porter’s Truffle White as opposed to Porter’s Rubble. Both colours are similar however Truffle White has a more pink tone upon which I usually avoid. However in this lighting it brightens up the room).
  • Consider colours you may see from the outside (eg. balcony or garden). Ideally your internal colours should complement these.
  • Keep in mind other colours will impact how your selected colours look (due to light reflection and contrast).
  • Lastly but most importantly consider existing constraints (eg. colour of your floors and furnishing). If you floors or furniture are dark, you may opt for whiter walls. If you walls are dark then opt for lighter floors etc. Remember it’s a matter of yin and yang. And at the end of the day have a little fun. Worst case scenario you can always repaint the wall.


  • Dulux “Natural White” – I generally prefer this to the “Antique White” as it is less yellow however still warm. I find when colours are too yellow it looks more dated.
  • Porter’s Paint Sand White   


  • Porter’s Paint “Rubble” – This is similar to the common choice of Dulux “Hog bristle” however I believe it’s much nicer. The grey/cool tone (rather than the mustard yellow tone) gives it a more modern edge. Yummy……..rice custard 🙂
  • Porter’s Paint “White Truffle” – Another classic similar to the Rubble however has a pinker base. I generally do not like pink base paints however in dim lighted rooms, this looks better than the Rubble.
  • Porter’s Paint “Maroon”

Blues / Greens:

  • Porter’s paint “Jodphur” blue – A very smoothing blue that is grey base and not too bright. A classic! Great to be used in an entrance hall, study or lounge.
  • Dulux Sea note – Brighter style of blue for a little more fun.


  • Wattyl “English Castle” – Great as a feature wall. Big bold chocolate.
  • Wattyl “Wild Yukon” – Pink base milk chocolate.
  • Dulux “Rattle snake” – Grey base flat white coffee 🙂
  • Dulux Porpoise – A great outdoor building exterior colour.
  • Porter’s Sableux – Another grey base brown.

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8 thoughts on “How to select my colour scheme & a shortlist of my favourite colours

  1. Hello,

    I love your colour palette. And I agree, my preference is for Dulux Natural White as opposed to Antique white.

    We are painting our walls a very similar colour to Porter’s Rubble (perhaps even a smidge lighter) and I’ve been trying to work out what to paint the ceiling and architraves. I was going to go with Dulux Natural White as Dulux Lexicon Qtr just seems too bright.

    Ideally I would like to find something even a little less yellow than Natural White, but haven’t had much luck.

    Could you please tell me what colour white you use for ceilings and architraves,

    Many thanks.


    • Thanks Claire. I wouldn’t recommend going with Natural white. Usually for ceiling and architraves I would go “White”. ie white white with no further shades/tones etc. For ceiling there is usually ceiling paint which is white white. For architraves you can use aqua enamel and Wattyl has one just labelled “white”. Hope this helps and good luck.

  2. hello,
    just wondering where you got your dining table and chairs from? They are lovely. Have seen the chairs at Freedom but not the dining table.

  3. Hi,
    I find Natural White is too yellow toned for me. I am after a white with a bit of a grey undertone to it. I have been going mad and all the colours look the same to me now! Haha please help

    • Sorry my response may not be relevant anymore. Yes white is the hardest colour to pick. I originally thought natural white maybe a little too yellow too however going through all the range I find it gives a warmer feel to the house and have used it in 2 different spaces now. Best bet is just to get some sample pots to paint on the wall.

  4. At the moment my house has brown trim on everything ( that includes doors, window frames, architraves and big ceiling beams). I want to change the walls to Dulux natural white. Should I choose the same colour for the trim? Or do you prefer using wattle white (is that an oil based enamel?). Would it look bad to have the walls and trim in the same colour? Also, could I leave the ceiling beams brown? ( I quite like them standing out).
    Lastly, would Rubble make a good front door colour?
    Thank you

    • Sorry for the delayed response. For trimmings I usually use WHITE WHITE. Which means no colouring at all is added. Natural white is actually a shade of white. Oil is more durable than enamel and for older houses may provide a thicker coat. The problem with oil is that it turns yellow over time if the area gets no sun. Enamel requires more work when it comes to painting as sometimes you need at least 3 coats to get the same coverage as oil. As for colours to the rest of the house consider your colour palette for the entire house. Hard for me to say as it designs in desired furnishing etc.

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