Choosing the perfect paint for your home interior

Choosing the perfect paint for your home interior

Update your paintwork before the Christmas season

If your walls are looking a little tired and in need of updating, you may be considering painting your home interior rather than using a more traditional wallpaper. Painting your walls is a great option – it’s often more simple than trying to put up wallpaper, you can get completely creative with paint colours, and you are not limited to patterns and prints! But how do you go about choosing the perfect paints for your interior walls?

This month, PeterJohn Interiors gives you all the information you need to choose the perfect paints for your home and, most importantly, how to make sure your paints stand the test of time in your home. 

5 top tips for choosing your home interior paints

Now you have decided to decorate your home interior; it’s time to get started on finding the perfect paint. But how do you know where to start, and how do you narrow down your choices? Follow our top five tips to find out. 

Take your time to sample your choices

Make sure to sample any paint colour you’re considering before committing to it. When you’re dedicating gallons of paint and hours to your project, you need to get the colour right on the first try. To avoid making a mistake, take the time to look at paint samples first so that you can compare and contrast colours until you find the perfect one. Not doing this step can lead to regret later on, especially when you see that there are stacks of returned paint cans at the back of the store from people who made the same mistake. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, calculate how much paint you’ll need ahead of time so that there’s no waste.

Making your colour flow 

Flowing paint colours throughout your home is a great way to make it appear more spacious, as well as create a relaxing vibe. To get the most stunning results, choose a neutral paint colour as your signature hue and use different accent colours in each room. You can either keep the flooring similar throughout the rooms or use moulding to tie everything together.

Neutral colours could be the answer

Just because you choose neutral paint colours doesn’t mean they have to be laid-back. You can rev up your neutral colour palette by being creative with how the colours are used. A striped wall in neutral colours adds tons of style but still keeps the room looking relaxed. Neutral wall colour with a pastel ceiling is a sneaky way to add colour without losing the soothing vibe of the space.

Bringing the outdoors inside

Incorporating shades that you would typically find in nature is a popular way to choose a colour scheme for your home. Whether you go for a rich green or the calmer blues found in the ocean, exterior-inspired colour schemes are usually associated with relaxation. Always test paint colours in different light settings and at different times throughout the day so that you can get an accurate idea of how it will look in your space. Also, be sure to try it out with the window treatments, both open and closed.

Try variations of your chosen colour

Sometimes all you need is a small change to find the perfect interior paint colour. Instead of giving up on your original paint colour choice too soon, try a lighter or darker shade of that same hue. Many paint colours come in various shades on a paint strip, but you can also ask your local paint store to adjust it by adding more light or darkness.

PeterJohn’s choices for your home interior paintwork

As your local interior design specialists, PeterJohn Interiors has worked hard to find the most prestigious suppliers to feature in our showrooms and to our clients. Take a look at some of our favourite paint suppliers.

William Yeoward

Since 1985, William Yeoward has been involved in everything interior design. From intricate furniture pieces to wallpaper, rugs and his beautiful paint colours, it is a household name for many across the UK. William Yeoward paints are inspired by memories and prized possessions to offer a wide colour selection with four finished – absolute matt, matt, eggshell and gloss. Yeoward paints are durable, have no odour and provide great coverage, meaning you need less paint to complete your project. 


Known for their incredible fabric and wallpaper collections (also featured in the PeterJohn showrooms), the Sanderson paints were created to complement their existing interior design products. Sanderson paints offer heritage palettes with timeless colours in 3 finishes – active emulsion, water-based eggshell and oil-based eggshell. Using secret longstanding recipes and techniques, there are over 150 shades mixed in the Sanderson palette.


Part of the Sanderson Design Group, you will find a beautiful and opulent palette within the Zoffany collection. Offering depths of colour and a myriad of shades, you will be sure to find the perfect paint for your home interior within the Zoffany collection. Choose from four finishes, including elite emulsion, acrylic eggshell, eggshell and true matt. 

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Shop for your perfect paints with PeterJohn Interiors

PeterJohn Interiors has been supporting customers with its interior design since its humble beginnings in 1975. Having always been a family-run business, PeterJohn understands the importance of creating a space where everyone feels welcome and is able to relax and feel comfortable. From our two showrooms in Aylesbury and Berkhamsted, we maintain high levels of customer service and offer a personal approach to every client who walks through the doors. 

If you are looking for the perfect paints for your home interior, or you would like to book an appointment with our in-house design consultant Sarah to talk about how to upgrade your rooms, get in touch, and our team will be happy to support you further.