Decor Tips: Complimenting Colours

Summertime often gets us thinking about refreshing our home decor, whether it’s giving the walls a new lick of paint, or changing up homeware to reflect the season. In this post we are taking a look at the best complimenting colours to consider for your home updates according to the warm and cool colour palettes. Our lighting suggestions can serve as modern interior design inspiration, due to their compatibility to the colour scheme – lighting really can make such a huge difference!


Colour schemes for a lounge
The lounge is a much used room of the home and developing a colour scheme for this space requires attention to detail and some well planned out ideas in order to get the room looking how you want it.

Some excellent colour ways for a living room that we recommend include:

Key Colours: Classic duck egg blue, teal and charcoal grey
A firm favourite in many living rooms the duck egg blue is a delicate shade of blue that works well against the charcoal grey background.
How: What colours go with duck egg blue? Well a way to incorporate into this colour combination is by complementing a sofa with duck egg blue and teal cushions in various textures and patterns, or look for a patterned rug with the blue and a light cream against a grey carpet.

Key Colours: Mustard, light grey and white
Mustard is the dominant colour in this living room colour scheme suggestion and it’s an on-trend interior design shade that shows no sign of disappearing any time soon!
How: Look for geometric curtains or soft furnishings that feature the three colours together and opt for a light grey or white wash wall for beautiful accents of mustard that will pop but not overpower.

Key Colours: Navy, mushroom and cream
This living room colour palette has so much potential to look luxurious and sophisticated when done right, and navy is having a fabulous moment in interior design trends for 2017.
How: The rich blue of the navy will work well almost anywhere; painted on walls, in the form of an armchair and in smaller accessories. The mushroom and cream keep things from getting too dark.

If you prefer the achingly cool monochrome look or the neutral Scandi interiors image but want to start adding some accent colours, then a great place to start is with pastel colours. A pastel shade won’t overpower the main colour scheme, but will gently add touches of colour that can work equally well as a more vibrant shade. Try light coral pink tones to instantly bring your lounge into the fold.

Living room lighting ideas
Depending on your preferences, lounge lighting can be versatile and neutral or part of your actual decor plan. Luckily, here at Dusk Lighting we have options to suit both!

Wall lights are the perfect addition for a lounge due to their visually appealing look and space-saving elements. Our range of wall lights feature some wonderfully decorative lighting options from Dar Lighting that will add something extra to the room with their unique look. Install some wall lights either side of the mantle piece or in alcoves to highlight your preferred focal points in the room and add subtle depth to the space.

Similarly, with pendant lights there’s the option for statement lighting that will draw attention to the centre of the room, or to go for a more neutral ceiling light that will work in harmony with the rest of the room. Our pendant lights department offers a great selection of ceiling lights and lampshades that will trigger inspiration when it comes to lighting your living room. The contrasting fabric lampshades from Firstlight and the stylish cone pendant lights with wood detailing from Searchlight are perfect living room lights that bring a modern look with their combined shades and finishes.

When you want a living room light to stand the test of time against the changing decor themes of the room, you can’t go wrong with sleek polished chrome or antique brass finish lighting that offer a versatile look.

Kitchen decor inspiration
This is the room that can often get overlooked when it comes to redecorating, but by injecting a little colour, you can brighten up the whole space. Equally, continuing the interior style from room to room can create an effective flow that will work well as you move through the house.

Tiling & painting
When renovating kitchen units and doors isn’t possible, consider re-tiling the splashback areas. Refresh tiles that date the look of your kitchen by investing in some contemporary brick effect tiles in white gloss that will lighten the look of the room and give a slight light reflecting effect. Another idea is to create a feature tiled wall behind the cooker; opting for a mosaic tile will create dimension and is a great way to add different colour ways into the room.

We believe that these colour schemes and decor ideas are perfect for kitchens:

  • Vibrant colours such as red and orange teamed with black or grey creates a bright contrast that works well in most kitchen settings
  • White and grey with industrial elements such as exposed brickwork and stainless steel
  • Pale blue and white is a nice, clean colour scheme that looks great in bathrooms and kitchens alike
  • A mellow yellow looks great in an open plan kitchen and dining area for a rustic, country look

Kitchen lighting ideas
If you have minimal space or a smaller kitchen, investing in some brand new breakfast bar lighting can be the solution for a decor rut! Our range of breakfast bar lighting here at Dusk Lighting includes a wide range of lighting styles that will appeal to various interior design tastes – from modern to classic, we’ve got something for your kitchen lighting needs. Install over a kitchen island for optimum lighting during food prep, or hang over a breakfast bar for an aesthetically pleasing way to light up your kitchen. Additional lighting in the kitchen can help create different zones and look fantastic in kitchens of all sizes.

Embrace the geometric and exposed light bulb interior design trend with the cage pendant lights from designer lighting brand EGLO. Opt for classic black metal or contemporary copper coloured cages and install multiple pendant lights for effortlessly cool breakfast bar lighting.

We also love the bright pendant light options from Searchlight which are the perfect way to get a bit more colour into your kitchen with minimal commitment or investment. This brand have some impressive aluminium breakfast bar lights in vibrant green, yellow, copper and red, and alongside their classic Union pendant lights in neutral shades such as mushroom, cream and pale blue, there’s so many options to help bring your kitchen up to date with colourful lights.


Our decor tips and lighting suggestions are so simple to achieve; with the right research and complimenting colours, your home can be brought right up to date with current trends or perfectly reflect your personality whichever way you choose!

Browse our complete pendant lighting and breakfast bar lighting ranges for further ideas.

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