What colour should you paint your eco-friendly home?

What colour should you paint your eco-friendly home?

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Do you want to make your home eco-friendly, but don't know which paint to choose? With so many different accreditations and brands in the paint market, it can be a minefield trying to find a planet-friendly option that suits you.

Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful and sustainable shades that can help bring an organic touch to your abode. From natural greens perfect for creating a calming atmosphere to bright yellows inspiring energy and positivity, environmentally-friendly paints come in a range of colours that can help transform any size space into a stylish sanctuary. In this blog post we'll explore which features to look for, as well as top shades, so you can find the perfect colour scheme for your eco-friendly home.


  • What to look for when choosing your eco-friendly paint
  • How to choose a colour
  • Make your home perfect for you

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What to look for when choosing your eco-friendly paint

Paint might not be an obvious culprit for being unsustainable, but the compounds it contains can be damaging to the environment, plus the pots it comes in are often made from plastic. The main principle of an eco-friendly paint is that it won’t contain Volatile Organic Compounds, that give paint that familiar smell. These gases are released into the air in our homes and can be harmful to your health when inhaled.

You should also do some research about the company that you’re buying from, and try to ensure that they’re supporting sustainable supply chains and using metal tins or another eco-friendly alternative. If you’re uncertain, look for an official certification, such as B-Corp.

How to choose a colour

We all know that colour choice can show personality in our homes. But how do you go about choosing your colour scheme? And how can you create the mood that you’re looking for in different spaces in your home? Let’s take a look.

To reduce stress

Certain areas in your home should be a calming zone, where you can rest and enjoy spending quality time. Living rooms and bathrooms are two examples – they’re where you unwind and can be spaces where you spend a lot of time.

Consider using blue or green in these spaces for a natural feel. They’re both colours that have been linked to promoting rest and lowered stress levels, so they’ll be perfect for calmer spaces.

A finished green painted wall with plants in the corner

For creativity and energy

Kitchens and offices are spaces where you may want to feel more energized and uplifted. Pink and yellow are both bolder colours that inject lots of personality into a space, as well as a sense of playfulness. They can also be great choices for children’s playrooms or bedrooms. 

If going all-in with these shades feels a bit too much, then consider painting the ceilings, skirting board or furniture instead to give a pop of colour without a full commitment.

To aid sleep

We all crave a good night’s sleep, and the environment we create around us can really help. Again, opting for natural colours like blue and green can help, along with neutrals like white, cream, taupe and pale pink. If you’re feeling dramatic, go for a dark blue or even black on your ceiling to create the illusion of a night sky.

Woman using a paint ruler to paint a wall beige

Make your home perfect for you

Ultimately, the choice of colour is yours, and the joy of paint is that you can always change it later. But to reduce waste, try to plan carefully and consider how you want the space to feel, and use samples before you commit to one colour – the planet will thank you for it.

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