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Colour Know How: Find Your Perfect Colour Scheme With This Handy Simply Refresh Colour Combination Guide

A complementary colour scheme can transform any room in your home. Use our Simply Refresh Colour Combination Guide to find the perfect paint palette for your next decorating project.


Looking to give your home a new lease of life? Dulux Simply Refresh makes it quick and easy to achieve a beautiful room transformation. Use this paint colour guide to find the perfect complementary colours within the new range.

From on-trend neutrals to striking hues, there are lots of fun colour palettes to play with. A good rule of thumb with complementary paint colour schemes is to pick a Simply Refresh One Coat colour as your base, and a Simply Refresh Feature Wall shade as an accent.

Remember, whichever colour schemes you go for, our Simply Refresh paints are covered by the One Coat Guarantee*, promising to give you coverage in just one coat. 

5 Simply Refresh colour combinations:

Here are five colour combinations to get you started, and how you can use them to transform any room in your home.

Blush Pink and Decadent Damson 

If you want to create a striking focal point, go for Simply Refresh Feature Wall in a deep, rich shade such as Decadent Damson. Balance this dark grape colour with more subtle complementary colours. It works beautifully with delicate, feminine Natural Hessian in the Simply Refresh One Coat collection. While colour schemes like this can make a big impact, they also help to create warm, inviting spaces.

decadent damson blush pink home office

Emerald Glade and Almond White 

Whites pair effortlessly with many other colour palettes. Almond White, in the Simply Refresh One Coat collection, is a lovely muted cream with hints of grey. It provides the perfect canvas for louder shades to take centre stage, such as Emerald Glade. Elevate your space by painting an arch with Simply Refresh Feature Wall in this vibrant jewel tone.

emerald glade arch

Acai Berry and Gentle Fawn

For a cosy yet captivating space, purple colour schemes are a great pick. Acai Berry is one of our Simply Refresh Feature Wall colours and it promises to make your walls pop. Try this deep, smoky purple behind your sofa, around a fireplace or in an alcove. When paired with a pale warm neutral, such as One Coat Gentle Fawn, you get a space that’s as wonderfully snug, as it is utterly stunning. 

acai berry living room

Golden Sands and White Mist

Want to liven up a blank wall? Yellow is one of the best colour palettes you can choose. Golden Sands, in the Simply Refresh Feature Wall collection, is a sunny shade that’s bursting with energy. We’d suggest using it as an accent colour, so it doesn’t overwhelm your space. Why not see how it looks as a painted headboard? Team it with calming complementary colours like White Mist in Simply Refresh One Coat.

Follow our step-by-step guide for painting a headboard.

golden sands headboard

Sapphire Salute and Timeless

We’ve done things a little differently in this home office and given the entire room a makeover with two Simply Refresh One Coat colours. We went for Sapphire Salute on the walls. It’s a brave choice but pays off, creating a sleek and stylish space to work and play in. Instead of painting a statement feature wall, the ceiling has been painted in Timeless, an ultra-pale cream. This not only makes the blue more vivid, it gives the room a softer edge.

sapphire salute home office
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