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If it's your interior resolution to update your interiors then what better way to refresh your home than with a fabulous new paint colour?! Choosing the right paint colour for your home can be tricky especially when you have to factor in so many important aspects such as how much natural light the room gets and what mood you want to create in the room. So whether you are painting your entire wall, a half wall, your doors, ceilings or radiators we have created the RSG guide to choosing the right paint colour for your home!

Psst ... If you are a renter, like many of us at Rockett St George, fear not! In a few weeks time, we will be publishing a blog to help you decorate your home even if you have to stick to a white wall pallete ... so watch this space!

No.1. Get Inspired

The home of Fred Musik. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

Like with most interior projects it's always good to do your research and explore the options that are out there. For us, this is the perfect excuse to spend hours perusing our favourite interior magazines, scrolling through Instagram, creating Pinterest boards and checking out our favourite blogs for inspo! The more inspiration we can get the better!

To help you get inspired we have created a Pinterest Board to help you choose your colour, but we also recommend getting your hands on a copy of the Rockett St George book: Extraordinary Interiors, and check out Chapter 3 for our guide to creating showstopping looks for the home (shameless self-promotion we know, but when it comes to decorating Jane and Lucy know their stuff!).

No. 2. Is Your Room North, South, East or West Facing?

Blog Dimensions_Jones_1929-002The home of Niki Jones. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

Although it's tempting to jump ahead to the fun part and pick your wall colour, it will do you good to make sure you have considered the room first. One incredibly important aspect to consider is whether your room is North, South, East or West facing.

North Facing Rooms

Image 1: The home of Jane Rockett. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar. Image 2: French By Design

Northern facing rooms are typically colder and darker which can create an almost desolate and impersonal feeling when painted in the wrong shade.  So, the trick to decorating a north-facing room is to either opt for warming undertones or embrace the darkness!

Stark white, greys and blues have no warmth to them and so if you want to use these shades it's important to opt for a colourway with a warming undertone.  Warming tones such as golden yellows or browns will create a cocooning feel and instantly lift the mood.

Alternatively, why not create a cocooning feel with dark colours. It's a complete fallacy that rooms will look small and dingy if painted in a dark colour. In fact, for a North Facing room, the effect is the complete opposite! It opens up the room, particularly when you paint the ceiling black! Statement ceilings are set to be a hot trend this year so why not create ceiling art by painting beautiful patterns on the ceiling or embellish it was statement chandelier or ceiling light?! Check out our Statement Ceiling Pinterest Board for inspiration!

The home of Michael Minns. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

South Facing Rooms

Image 1: My Domaine. Image 2: Sf Girl

South-facing rooms are much easier to paint, making them a decorating delight! We love it when we see rooms that really embrace the warming tones of natural light with white and airy decor (if you are a renter this is a double bonus as your walls are already done for you!

It's also a brilliant opportunity to go a little bit wild with your colours as South Facing Rooms really work with every colour. So perhaps embrace a little colour and opt for golden yellows, ultraviolet (Pantone Colour of the Year) and beautiful blues and greens. Even if you do prefer the dark side when it comes to your interiors, black and grey wall paint look just as great in south-facing rooms, especially when the natural light pours in creating beautiful shadows.

East and West Facing Rooms

Image 1: Pinterest. Image 2: The home of Helene Morris. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99). Photography by Debi Treloar.

The light in eastern and western facing rooms are ever-changing when it comes to natural light. In the morning Eastern facing rooms are filled with natural light, whilst in the afternoon it's darker and cooler and vice versa for Western facing rooms. The trick here is to consider what times of the day you will be in that room. For example, if you have a western facing bedroom, then we advise sticking to warming tones or dark decor like you would for a northern facing room so as to create a calming and cocooning atmosphere.

No.3. Get moody

The home of Deborah Vos. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

Another important aspect is to decide how you want the room to make you feel. Different rooms in the home serve different functions and purposes and so it goes without saying that you don't want to opt for a bright and energy-inducing paint colour in the bedroom where the sole purpose of the room is to relax, rest and rejuvenate.

Our advice would be to stick to bold colours and patterns in the hallways and bathrooms as they are rooms that you do not spend long periods of time in. Whilst big, bold prints can look absolutely amazing, they can sometimes create an overwhelming feeling, so limiting the big prints to your hallways and bathrooms means that you can still enjoy the patterns without it having an effect on your mood! Then for rooms that you want to relax in opt for warming and cocooning tones such as deep greens, navy blue and charcoal greys.

For more advice on how to style your room to create the right mood, check out our blog: #RSGLOVES: HOW INTERIORS CAN AFFECT MOOD.

No.4. Down To Business...

The home of Niki Jones. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

Now that you've got your inspiration and chosen the right shade for the position and mood of the room its time to start testing! A rather genius tip suggested by Jane and Lucy in the Rockett St George book, Extraordinary interiors is to paint your sample pots on to the back of old wallpaper panels or paper and then hang it on your wall. It provides a bigger surface area so that you can get a better idea of what the space would look like PLUS it avoids the extra task of having to paint over the spot patches.

Once you've decided on your colour then it's time to paint! But note before, make sure you prep your walls by giving them a good clean with a damp cloth which will create an immaculate finishing effect and make sure you cover any sockets or skirting boards with masking tape as well!

No.5. Be brave, be daring...

The home of Quentin Lacroix. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

Darlings, it goes without saying that this should not be a DIY project that causes you stress or anxiety. It's just paint, after all! Ultimately, you can repaint if you don't like your colour choice. Take it from us, interior mistakes happen all the time and Jane and Lucy can name a few times where they've painted or wallpapered an entire room only to find out that they didn't like it ... it happens and although frustrating it can be fixed.

So be brave, be daring and have fun! And if you are really stuck, why not check out our newly launched Personal Shopping & Colour Consultation Service for top interior advice from the experts?!

Oh, and don't forget to share your beautiful walls with us on Instagram - / #rockettstgeorge - we'd love to see it!

In need of some inspiration?! Then check out our Pinterest Board: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAINT COLOUR FOR YOUR HOME.



  1. john smith
    Great! What an informative piece of article! it really gives so much knowledge about those soothing wall colors! thanks, for sharing.
  2. Lisa Cottam
    Yet another article providing no solution for my rooms, which face North East and South West.
    1. Sophie Hamblyn
      Hi Lisa! Thanks for your feedback. I thought I'd try and pull out some of the tips for you which might help with your rooms. Creating a cocooning feel using dark colours with warm undertones works really well for North-facing rooms but also for West-facing rooms so these tips combined should work perfectly for you. East-facing rooms are often filled with light in the morning so depending on what time of day you use this room, you could combine this with the tips for South-facing rooms. Green tones would work well in those rooms, as does a subtle grey if you prefer a more paired-back look. You can afford to use slightly cooler colours in these rooms due to the light, but it really comes down to your personal preference and how you want to feel in those particular rooms. We have a great decorating dilemma group on Facebook if you'd like to join? We have a really active community who all help with ideas whenever you get stuck with something. If you have a Facebook account you can find it here:<br /> Best wishes, Sophie
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