Popular Colour Tones and How They Work

November 12th 2019

The colour of your home is the foundation for the theme and concept for everything else you’re putting into it, imagine the horror of painting every wall grey and realising none of the furniture you want matches the walls! Since it’s something that will be covering the majority of the visible space in your home, it’s no wonder the simple colour choice can easily dictate the mood of the whole home. So, let’s look at a few colour palettes and how they can work in harmony with the concept behind the homes.


Starting off, we have the classic monochrome. The simplicity of the choice of colours adds a level of finesse and grace to home which employ this colour palette. There is a natural progression of colours and shades, giving the overall look a strong sense of unity and makes it aesthetically pleasing.

The design is also rather simple to pull off, simply choose 3 main shades, your lightest, darkest and something in between them. The cohesiveness of the progression in these choices makes it simple to shop for furniture as it streamlines the process (especially since grey is all the rage in furniture these days).

Lastly, you can consider adding some texture to the furniture, think of rugs, velvet, fabric or even some wood. The seamless transition between the colours is slightly interrupted by these shifts in texture and patterns, and the slight disruption helps the look avoid becoming overtly homogenous (and possibly unbearably so).


Moving away from your whites and greys, we progress to another soft and warm colour palette. Pastel has been known for being a gentle look, and now a days its gained strong associations with a fun and carefree vibe. The trick with pastel is to not go over the top with them but make use of accent pieces and slightly washed out versions of the colour. That way you won’t get a sweetness overload each time you glance in that general direction.

Pastel is a great option for younger homeowners, reflecting a much simpler and trendy look. Less sharp than monochrome, and not as loud as Jewel tones. The delicate look to pastel is a welcomed choice for young children (matching the baby blue and blush pink) since these tones are gentler on the eyes.

Complete the look with accent pieces, these shouldn’t be the same colours as your walls and main furniture, try green or even shades of red. These pops of colour are meant to add life and electricity to the designs without overpowering the overall mild look of a pastel shade.

Jewel Tones

Meant to resemble the look of precious stones and jewels, the look intends to create an atmosphere of luxe and panache, exuding style and elegance at every corner. The mishmash of bold and contrasting colours shouldn’t work, but they do. The basic scheme is to make use of darker shades of the colours like emerald, sapphire, ivory and others, and the common thread between them (the dark shade) unites them together to form a harmoniously opulent look.

Image of jewel toned dining area

The allure of these deep and powerful colours makes them great choices for smaller parts of the home, like bedrooms or studies, but may be a bit over the top if you try and incorporate them in every inch of the home. The dark shades and tones make for a surprisingly peaceful and relaxing atmosphere where you can unwind and lose yourself.

Finally, touch up the look of luxury with some metallic accent pieces, because what doesn’t go better with precious gems than some bling? Carefully included items sporting gold, copper or even chrome will complete the design. Dark leather options are also another great choice for sofas and chairs.

Earthy Tones

Think about a home which feels welcoming, like a cottage in the woods or a warm cup of hot chocolate in the middle of a snowstorm. Now imagine that your home makes you feel that way. If you like this idea, then earthy tones are the perfect choice for you.

Using grey as the centrepiece of this design, the other colours are meant to reflect a warm, vintage look that is always welcoming. While you can incorporate rustic aspects to the home, like a bare brick wall, exposed wood or other types of earthy elements, you can achieve a similar effect with a carefully chosen palette. The key is in choosing warm but neutral colours which resemble natural elements. From taupe, to blue print, to dusted brick red, these are all subtle and understated colours which contribute to a warm and welcoming setting.

Image of earth toned colours

The most important part of this design is to make your home truly your home. Make it as cosy as you want it with as many elements of comfort and security. While these can mostly come from your choice of colours, include areas meant for you to snuggle up in, have some soft pillows and a few throw blankets ready and you’re good to go.

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