How to choose colour

Colour reflects who we are and who we aspire to be. It’s expressive, fun, creative, complimentary and always conversational. At Dulux we love it! That’s why we want to provide you with the best tools to find your perfect paint colour. Browse our Colour Wall online or check out our Colour Booklets for colour, texture and scheming ideas. You can also download the Dulux Colour App to visualise your favourite colours in different interior and exterior settings.

There are some important aspects of colour selection:

Colour Variation

Apparent colour variations between the paint chips on colour cards and paint on the wall are usually caused by the reflection of another light source. For example, a nearby garden can affect the appearance of a pale yellow or cream paint coating. Perception of a colour can also be altered by a reflection coming from floor coverings or curtains. Use Dulux Colour Samplers to check the paint in place before you purchase the full quantity. You can also order free large colour swatches to try colours at home here

Matching Colour

We keep the formula used to create many of the colours from our previous New Zealand colour ranges, as well as formulas for colours in the Australian and British standards ranges. Colours matching our Powder Coating colours (used to coat aluminium windows), matches to many Colorsteel® colours, and corresponding colours for many of the colours of other paint manufacturers ranges, are also available. Our total database of colour formulae has over 50,000 colours. Your paint retailer can access these formulas through our formula books or by contacting Dulux Customer Service.

If we cannot find your colour in our database, you can visit a paint retailer with a Dulux Colour Matching System, which can create a special formula to match your required colour from a sample - whether it is a paint chip, or a fabric sample.

Colour Accuracy

Only Dulux paint is formulated to deliver genuine Dulux colour, both interior and exterior. So insist that your Dulux colour is mixed with Dulux paint. If it's not Dulux paint, it's not Dulux colour.