Choosing the Right Tones | Designers Guild


Work with the light in your space.

We believe that using the colours you love in your home can genuinely make life feel better and whilst there are no hard and fast rules as to which colours to use, there are ways that we can help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls. Light can seriously affect the way colours are perceived. What looks like blue in one room can look grey in another where the natural light is different. The most important thing to do when selecting colours is to paint up 2- 3 large samples and fix them around your room. Watch how the colour changes as the light moves through the room, consider how additional lighting can change it and assess if you love it in all its guises. To help you make the right choice, we have categorised all our colours into one of three tonal groups : Warm, Cool and Clear. Follow our guidelines below for the perfect finish.


There really are no hard and fast rules when it comes to using colour and we believe that confidence is the key ingredient that you need when creating beautiful rooms. Here are a few of Tricia Guild's top tips.

1. Keep floors and ceilings neutral where possible and especially when using brighter tones. We have over ten shades of white that will work with any shade.

2. Neutral doesn't have to mean white - the flatter shades of blue grey and grey green can work brilliantly with all colours especially on woodwork where white could be too cold.

3. Do consider the way that natural light moves through your rooms, if necessary you can consider additional lighting to either warm or cool a room.

4. Painted floors are timeless but don't just think of them in white - a darker tone can look amazing with cool grey or white walls.

5. Use colour in unexpected places - the inside of cupboards as opposed to the doors provides an interesting and unexpected pop of colour.


These colours have a rich red base. You can use them anywhere but they will help cool north facing rooms or make darker spaces feel warmer. They have a classical, timeless quality and will balance harsh northern lights.



These shades have a blue grey base and while you can use them anywhere, they will balance light filled, south facing rooms where the light can bleach the colour. They have a sharper, more minimal feeling.



These shades have a crisp yellow / green base. They will work beautifully everywhere and have a natural, singing clarity to them.


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