How to match your paint colours to your furniture

How to match your paint colours to your furniture

By Emily Harnasz on

Unless you have a big budget set aside to start your room revamp from scratch, you're likely refreshing your homes every now and then with a few licks of paint whilst keeping large pieces of furniture such as sofas, shelves and tables etc. that need consideration within the overall interior design. And whilst this is great for the pocket (and the environment too), it can be tricky to know how best to incorporate these items to create a look that’s both fresh and personal to you. 

No need to panic - we’re here to help with some useful and practical tips and tricks on how to get started. Ready? Go.

1. Check your lighting.


Green plant photographed in front of yellow painted wall

Although the YesColours Fresh Yellow paint is considered to be a cool pastel colour, we've added a hint of peach in the mix to warm it up slightly and make it more welcoming. Just like the sun rays entering your room through the windows.

The light that enters a space will not only have an effect on the colour of your walls, but the furniture in them too. Our advice? Take a moment to consider the amount of light the room receives and how the furniture reacts to this light too.

For example, grey furniture may make a space with limited windows feel even more dark, as it will absorb some of that light coming through. So consider adding uplifting paint colours to your walls, such as our Fresh Yellow, Calming Peach or Joyful Green paints to create a much needed balance to the space.

2. Explore contrasting colour palettes.


Double bed with blue velvet bed frame photographed in front of rusty dark orange paint colour with two African art-inspired artworks hanging on the wall above the bed

Our Loving Orange paint colour goes surprisingly well with dark teals, blue and green colours and creates an earthy colour combination that's cosy, welcoming and cocooning. 


For a fun and impactful statement, why not use the colour wheel to create a complementary colour palette for your interior scheme. Choosing a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel to your item will create an exciting design style that will certainly get your pals talking. So if you have a red sofa, go for green walls, or if you have an orange bedhead, go for blue walls to create the exciting contrast no one will expect.


3. Consider neutral paint colours.


Dining area with a corner sofa, wooden table and chairs and walls painted in pale green and neutral paint colours

Our Serene Neutral paint colour is not only the perfect warm neutral backdrop for statement furniture, but also pairs incredibly well with other pale pastel paint shades, such as our Serene Green.


We know, you don’t often hear us say this BUT, there is a time and a place for the perfect neutral paint colour, and often it's when you have a lot of other colourful pieces doing the talking. Say for example you have a mustard sofa, green curtains and a statement shaggy rug; pairing with something like our Serene Neutral paint colour will create a subtle backdrop that isn’t too overbearing and allows your furniture to be the main attraction.


4. Test, test, test.


A female hand with blue nails holding a YesColours Joyful Lilac paint sample in a glass jar with a paint brush dipped in lilac paint

You can never go wrong with our Joyful Lilac paint colour but, in case you're not sure, test a few paint samples until you find the colour of your dreams. Pictured here is the talented Emily from the independent shop DoodleMoo who recently used our paint colours for her Stylist Live market stand.


Colour is subjective, it has a profound and unique effect on how each of us feel, therefore it should be of no surprise that testing samples is a crucial part of knowing how you’ll feel about a colour with your furniture. Paint your sample onto a large sheet of lining paper and sit it next to your furniture for at least a few days to see how you react to it in the space. Ultimately it should be about the colours that make you feel good, so test them out and go with your gut. 


By understanding your space, the items you have and how you want to feel, it makes matching paint to your furniture that much easier. The possibilities are endless but hopefully these quick tips will help you to hone in on the colours that work with your existing furniture and the ones you truly love.


We hope these home decor tips have inspired you to find the right paint colour match for your furniture. And hey, if you still need some help, feel free to book a colour consultation with us and we’ll sort your colour puzzle in no time. Free option is available too!

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