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Create your dream spaces with colour

When it comes to interior design, the choice of paint colour can play a significant role in defining the overall style and atmosphere of a space. Each decorating style has its unique characteristics, and understanding how to use paint and colour effectively can help you achieve the desired aesthetic. In this article, we explore a range of popular decorating styles and how you can bring them to life through the transformative power of paint.

Colour can impact the way a space feels


Contemporary style embraces simplicity, clean lines, and a neutral colour palette. Opt for crisp whites, cool greys, or warm beiges to create a minimalist and timeless look. Consider using contrasting colours for accent walls or incorporating bold pops of colour through furnishings and accessories to add visual interest and personality.


Traditional decor emphasises elegance, classic patterns, and rich colours. Choose warm, earthy hues like deep browns, warm reds, and mossy greens to create a sense of sophistication and tradition. Consider using decorative techniques such as faux finishes or wallpaper accents to add depth and texture to the walls. The Aalto Heritage Collection is a great starting point when defining your palette.


Modern design is characterised by sleek lines, a minimalist approach, and a focus on functionality. Opt for a monochromatic colour scheme using shades of grey, black, and white to achieve a clean and streamlined look. Use high-gloss or lacquer finishes to create a reflective effect and add a touch of modern sophistication.


Scandinavian style embraces simplicity, natural elements, and a light, airy feel. Choose a soft and muted color palette featuring whites, pastels, and light grays to create a sense of tranquility and warmth. Consider incorporating natural wood tones or pale blues for added visual interest and a connection to nature.


Bohemian decor embraces vibrant colours, eclectic patterns, and a sense of artistic freedom. Embrace bold and saturated hues such as deep purples, fiery oranges, and vivid blues to infuse your space with energy and personality. Experiment with accent walls, stencils, or hand-painted motifs to create a bohemian-inspired feature. 


Coastal style captures the essence of a beachside retreat with its soothing colours and natural elements. Opt for light blues, soft whites, and sandy beiges to evoke a sense of calm and serenity. Consider using textures such as shiplap or beadboard to add depth and mimic the feel of coastal architecture.


Industrial design draws inspiration from warehouses and urban lofts, showcasing raw materials and unfinished aesthetics. Choose colours like charcoal greys, deep blacks, and industrial metallics to create a rugged and urban look. Consider using techniques such as distressed or exposed brick finishes to add character and authenticity.

Get inspired

Start your colour journey by referencing inspiration. This is a sure way to start honing in and identifying your personal style, and from there you can start creating mood boards and identifying colour palettes. View our inspiration gallery to get started.

Painting is a powerful tool for transforming your living spaces, allowing you to embrace different decorating styles and create a personalised atmosphere. Whether you prefer a contemporary, traditional, modern, Scandinavian, bohemian, coastal, or industrial aesthetic, the right choice of paint colours can bring your vision to life. Consider the characteristics of each style, the mood you want to evoke, and the functionality of the space when selecting your paint colours. With Aalto Paint's wide range of colour options and expert advice, you can confidently embark on your decorating journey and create a space that reflects your unique style and personality.

Quick tips

Use Aalto testpots to see how different colours look and feel when used in different applications - colours can appear a lot different when painted on smooth weatherboards as opposed to textured brick!


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