These are the UK’s most popular paint colours for every room

Which hue is the clear winner?

Choosing a paint colour for a room is exciting, but it can undoubtedly sometimes be a stressful and lengthy process. So knowing the nation’s most popular paint colours is a great start for some interiors inspiration.

It’s an important decision to make, with certain colours not only impacting your mood but also creating the lead for the look and tone of the entire room.

So, to make the whole process easier for you, has completed extensive research into the most popular paint colours for each room of the house.

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The most popular paint colours in each room of the home:

Farrow & Ball’s ever-popular Hague Blue has emerged triumphant overall, being the top colour for the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Discover what else is enduringly popular below.

See: How to paint a front door, according to the colour experts at Farrow & Ball


1. Hague Blue (Farrow & Ball) – 8,760 annual searches
2. Stiffkey Blue (Farrow & Ball) – 4,580 annual searches
3. Cornforth White (Farrow & Ball) – 4,460 annual searches
4. Elephant’s Breath (Farrow & Ball) – 3,000 annual searches
5. Chic Shadow (Dulux) – 2,980 annual searches

Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball is the clear winner for the kitchen. An extensive 8,760 people searched for this colour, accounting for 37% of the top five searches. In fact, Hague Blue had almost double the number of Google searches than its inky counterpart, Stiffkey Blue, which is the second most popular colour for the kitchen, attracting 4,580 searches.

However, both of these beautiful blues would work well with white or wooden countertops. Accessorise with gold, copper, or brass fixtures for an on-trend style.

The third most searched for paint colour for the kitchen was Cornforth White, with 4,460 of UK searches. This is a chic middle tone grey that verges on white and can be paired with a softer grey to achieve a sleek clean look that still has some warmth to it. Or, if you were looking for something a bit more contrasting, combine Cornforth White with a charcoal grey or teal.


1. Hague Blue (Farrow & Ball) – 8,220 annual searches
2. Elephant’s Breath (Farrow & Ball) – 2,950 annual searches
3. Inchyra Blue (Farrow & Ball) – 2,580 annual searches
4. Sapphire Salute (Dulux) – 2,540 annual searches
5. Cornforth White (Farrow & Ball) – 2,440 annual searches

Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue accounts for 44% of the top Google searches for living room paint colours.

As the room where you go to relax and feel calm, it’s unsurprising that classy colours like blue (Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball) and grey (Elephant’s Breath,Farrow & Ball) were, respectively, the most popular for the living room.

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Our snug is definitely on the dark side and we love it. Do you have different vibes in different rooms or is your home similar throughout? When picking paint colours for the house I believe I committed a massive sin and just looked at a chart and chose – no time for tester pots or checking in different lights here 🙈 I think we were just so keen to get in we made paint decisions before the walls were even plastered so we were ready to go ASAP. #selfbuildcollective #myhousethismonth #storyofmyhome #darkwalls #farrowandball #hagueblue #ikea #ikeaatmine #livingroomdecor #livingroominspo #sofadesign #laredouteinterieurs #myinteriorstyle #myinteriorvibe #styleitdark #stylishhome #actualhomesofinstagram #roomporn #howwelive #stopandstaredecor #loungeinspo #livingroomideas #interior125 #interiorhomedecor

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If you’re after deep blue walls such as Hague Blue, you may want to opt for a mid-tone grey sofa that will contrast against the dark blue walls due to the depth of tones, or go bold and pair with other jewel tones.

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What a beautiful day 🤎💛✨excited to get outside and paint the exterior today @alanrobertshipman has done all the hard work for us prepping and sealing all the windows over the last few days. I footed the ladder which was obviously of great importance 😂🙌🏼 _____________________________________________________________ #newsofaday #mydwellhome #livingroomdecor #victorianrenovation #victorianbaywindow #plantationshutters #elephantsbreath #farrowandballelephantsbreath #kellyhoppenhome #kellyhoppeninteriors #neutraldecor #midcenturymodernhome #eamesloungechair #pampasgrass #ikeapictureledge #gallerywall #myhousebeautiful #homesbeforeandafter #homesofinstagram #myhouseandhome #luganosofa #ikealamp #periodfeatures #livethatstyle #neutralcolors #bauwerkcolour #lightingdesign

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In second place, Elephant’s Breath (pictured above) gained 2,950 searches for the living room. This gorgeous grey is ideal for the living room as it’s versatile and can easily make this room feel cosy with its warm tones.


1. Hague Blue (Farrow & Ball) – 6,650 annual searches
2. Sulking Room Pink (Farrow & Ball) – 5,500 annual searches
3. Elephant’s Breath (Farrow & Ball) – 5,360 annual searches
4. Sapphire Salute’ (Dulux) – 4,640 annual searches
5. Denim Drift (Dulux) – 4,160 annual searches

Hague Blue was a winner in the bedroom too, thanks to its rich, sumptuous and relaxing vibe.

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This room is a continuous work in progress. I love these dark walls in #hagueblue with diy white wash floor boards but I’ve tried to get the styling right for an age without quite hitting the mark…que my newly upholstered chair in @sylviaandmargot’s beautiful fabric which has given me renewed inspiration to finally bring some boho/eclectic warmth and staying power to this room…still more experimenting to do so watch this space… – – – #fabricdesigner #fabricdesign #mydarkhome #hagueblue #upholseredchair #workinprogress #bedroominspo #darkdecor #deliciouslydarkdecor #bohodark #bedroomdecor #bedroomstyling #bedroomstyle #victorianhouserenovation #periodhomestyle #vintagehome #vintagehomedecor #eclecticdecor #interiordesign #interiordecorating #interiordecor #realhome

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Sulking Room Pink from Farrow & Ball was the second most Googled paint colour for the bedroom. This paint colour amassed 5,500 Google searches, 1,150 less searches than the most popular Hague Blue.

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Day 10 – @myhousethismonth 50 Shades of pink – Pink is one of my favourite colours, so you’ll find a splash of it in every room. It could be in the form of a cushion or a vase but it will be there! My husband wasn’t keen on having a pink wall in our bedroom but I think Sulking Room Pink by @farrowandball is an example of how you can use pink without it feeling too girly. It’s not visible in this photo but we have a pink velvet armchair in this room too. You can never have too much pink! Happy Sunday 🙂 . . . . . . #homedecor #decorinspo #myhmhome #farrowandball #sulkingroompink #panelling #wallpanels #bedroomdecor #interiors #interiordesign #interiorstyling #homestyling #redrowhomes #bedroominspo #bedroomstyling #colourpop #colourmyhome #colourfulhome #bedroomideas #bedroom #pinkdecor #modernhome #countryliving #realhomes #interiorinspo

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This pink colour oozes sophistication with its warm and powdery feel, and can be combined with contemporary or traditional furnishings.

If you’re feeling adventurous, this muted pink would work well with teal for a beautiful, rich look.


1. Sapphire Salute (Dulux) – 3,560 annual searches
2. Hague Blue (Farrow & Ball) – 3,040 annual searches
3. Chic Shadow (Dulux) – 2,550 annual searches
4. Stiffkey Blue (Farrow & Ball) – 2,250 annual searches
5. Polished Pebble (Dulux) – 2,040 annual searches

The research uncovered that Dulux’s Sapphire Salute is the most popular colour for the bathroom, accounting for 26% (3,560) of the top five Google searches. However, following closely behind is Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue again, with 3,040 searches.

These blues balance beautifully with gold accents, such as gold taps, lights or mirrors. You could also use a bold patterned tile for the floor and use chic subway tiles for the shower area.

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Bathroom update: I can’t get over how much I love this room (and now having a shower). Swipe for the new shower before shots! ⏩ I’ve been very quiet on here. Life has been fully on and now we find ourselves with a lot of time on our hands… The previous bathroom only had a mini bath which made hair washing an extreme sport especially for the 6ft 2 man of the house! I wasn’t sure about keeping the original ceiling at first but it’s honestly one of my favourite parts of the room. Today, I ordered a beautiful mirror that I’ve been watching for months from @madedotcom which will hopefully finish the room completely. #metrotiles #bathroom #housetohome #bathroomdesign #bathroomdecor #bathroomremodel #subwaytiles #patterenedtiles #blackandwhite #duluxpaint #polishedpebble #houseplants #renovation #reno

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However, if you’re looking for other colours to use in your bathroom, neutral greys would work well, such as the third choice Chic Shadow (Dulux) and fifth Polished Pebble (Dulux), pictured above.

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