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What are the most popular car interior colours?

The colour of a vehicle is one of the most crucial decisions to make for your car. Most people pay more attention to the exterior, but people can often overlook the importance of the colour inside the car.

So why is the interior colour of a car important? Simply put, like many other features of a car, the colour will inevitably play a role in the residual value of the car when it comes to selling or trading in your car. Choosing a stylish colour or fabric can even make your car look more expensive, especially when customers consider customisation options such as vinyl wraps.

Your car reflects your personality and taste; you won’t enjoy your drive if the interior isn’t one you are enthused by. So with this in mind, here are some of the most popular car interior colours currently out there.



An important tip when selecting the best interior car colour is to collaborate with the exterior colour of the car. Black is no doubt a universal colour that goes with almost any exterior. The colour absorbs heat well, which can be an advantage in colder climates but a disadvantage in hotter climates. Black is also ideal for covering dirt, suiting customers with kids or pets who need to clean their car interiors more regularly.


On the other hand, light, white and cream colours are universally popular shades. Whilst more notorious for being difficult to clean, they usually come across more elegant and stylish - a vibe that is attractive to many automotive users.

Although it may not absorb as much heat as black, white can have a different interior purpose which accommodates those who care greatly about appearance and elegance. Contrasting colours is also naturally very aesthetically pleasing, and so if your exterior is dark a light interior can be very effective. Take a look at our extensive range of white/neutral colours and materials that are suited to interior upholstery.

Grey and Tan

Grey and Tan are great compromises between light and dark: it can serve the purpose of hiding the dirt and accommodate the overall design of the car if that’s elegance and style. It is generally considered to be a ‘safe’ colour that is a suitable for most automotive users.

Of course, the final colour choice will be down to the customer’s personal preference. Having an appropriate and aesthetically pleasing colour scheme will have its advantages when it comes to selling or trading in the car.

The beauty of choosing the interior colour for your car is that you are not limited at all. Customers are usually able to customise particular features within cars such as the upholstery by choosing various combinations or colours and materials. Popular colour schemes include black-grey, white-beige, black-red, black-silver and various others. If style is something your customers are undoubtedly looking for, then complimenting colours as well as materials is the next step.


If you are unsure what colours accommodate each other or what colour would work best for your car, there are helpful online tools such as Colour Calculator which allows you to blend and discover what colours work well together.  

We are the UK’s leading independent supplier of colour and fabrics to the automotive sector, and so we know a thing or two about how to choose the perfect interior colour. We have an extensive range of colours and materials ranging from Vinyl and fabric, to leather and carpet accommodating for various automotive users. If you want to discover more potential colour schemes and materials for car interiors, then please take a look at our samples page, or give a call.


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