Designing walls with colours


It is always a good idea to use colours when designing your own four walls. Whether house walls, corridors or the walls of living rooms or children's rooms, colours underline the individual architecture of a building and create visual connections in estates and streets. Designing interior walls with colours has an eye-catching effect and can be used to generate different moods.
Designing walls suitably and with colours also entails giving consideration to the context and to the fact that colours can interact with each other and thus have a different effect. They can create harmony or contrasts or colour tones full of nuances. 

When designing your wall, pictures, picture walls or wallpapers can also be used for a new look. This supports the impact of colour and gives the coloured walls another effect. Furthermore, patterns in the same or different colours can make large rooms gleam in new splendour.
The effect of the colour is also affected by the choice of material. The surface of a latex or emulsion paint often looks blunt and dull, particularly in the light. On the other hand, the same colour in a mineral paint shows great colour depth with a satin-matt gloss.
Before designing your walls with colours, find out about colour psychology, in other words, the symbolic meaning and effect of colours. Here you can also find more tips and ideas for designing your walls. 

Tips for designing your walls
Which colours are suitable for which room?

The colours on the walls can make rooms with awkward dimensions look better. For example, a long room appears shorter if the walls at the ends are painted in strong colours. By contrast, walls designed with a light, cool colour make a room seem large and wide. Strong, warm colour shades on the wall make a room appear to be smaller and narrower.

Having the right colour on the walls generates different effects. Light colours have an airy effect: a light-coloured ceiling seems light, airy and pleasant. As a result, low ceilings can be made to look higher. Dark colours have a heavy effect. The plinth of a house is usually painted in dark colours for the visual base of the building.
Walls painted in green shades combined with yellow create a spring-like atmosphere in the room. At the same time, subjective noise perception is on a lower level when the colour scheme is light green, while red on the other hand makes us think noises are louder.
Entrance areas painted yellow or orange appear cheerful and give the whole room a welcoming effect.

In the bedroom, walls that are coloured blue instead of being left bare help us to sleep calmly at night, while soft green in the office is inspiring and helps us to concentrate.


Designing outside walls
The same applies to designing outside walls. A house painted in intensive, warm colours (e.g. red) stands out in the street. A house painted in a cool, light colour (light blue, light grey) is less obvious.
A shaded, dreary façade will look much friendlier painted in a light, warm colour. In a living room that looks north and has to manage without any direct sunlight, a coat of yellow paint on the walls creates a sunnier, more cheerful atmosphere.

Design techniques for walls and facades

In addition to pure colouring, there are also numerous application techniques with which rooms and façades can be designed.


Font types offer unknown possibilities when it comes to individually designing walls. Proportions, different typefaces and letter sizes can be used to design the walls in a way that they literally speak to the observer.

Opaque colour designs

Opaque paints in particular allow walls to be designed in rather individualised ways. If two or more different coloured paints are chosen in harmonic contrasts, a discreet and calming effect is created. If you want to achieve a stronger effect, complementing shades should be combined.

Ornamental painting & stencil techniques

Very much a trend at the moment are ornamental and floral designs, which are either applied by printing, with a stencil or free-hand with the paint brush. The design vocabulary is situated somewhere between modern, classic, romantic and opulent.

Metallic Effects

Silvery, coppery and golden shine can be achieved using decorative paints with metallic pigments. Whether single walls, entire rooms or even facades are to be designed using these paints – the fine shine is accentuated and creates a noble effect. This metallic effect can also be used to emphasise fascinating features even on a small scale.

Glaze painting technique

When several coats of the same or different coloured glazes, also called colour wash or mineral stain,  are applied, airy, three-dimensional and transparent-seeming coloured surfaces are created, which allow the substrate to more or less shine through. Glazed wall surfaces have a particular brilliance and depth of colour. KEIM Design-Lasur (glaze) is particularly suitable for glazing. An elegant paint material containing a high proportion of pigments that can be applied from even opaque to highly translucent, depending on how much dilution is used.

Grey and tone painting

A decorative painting technique, which is used both as ornamental and pedestal decoration in architectural painting.

Illusionist paintings

A balustrade with antique columns or a view out onto the Mediterranean ... Illusionist painting transforms walls into projection surfaces that inspire and which gives rooms a certain something different.

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