Finding the right colour for your home

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.

1. Browse Colours

Browse the Dulux website to explore the huge range of colours on the Dulux Colour chart, find the latest colour trends, popular colour hues and inspiration from some of our favourite design experts. 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.

2. Order Samples

Once you have narrowed down your colour selections, order some Large Colour Swatches or Sample Pots online. Make sure you check the colours against the furnishings in your home and make sure you check the colours in daylight and at night as colours can appear to change under different lighting. 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.

3. Choose Your Paint

Once you have made your Dulux colour selection, you can use the online paint calculator to work out how much paint you will need. Remember that only Dulux paint can guarantee Dulux colour. After all the effort you put in to decide the exact Dulux colour you want, why risk compromising the Dulux colour in another brand of paint? 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.

TIP: Matching Colour

We keep the formula used to create many of the colours from our previous colour ranges, as well as formulae 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 formulae through our formula books or by contacting Dulux Customer Service on 0800 800 424.

Colorsteel® is a registered trade mark of New Zealand Steel Limited

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