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Paint it Perfect – Hints and Tips on paint products & techniques
These days there are so many different paint choices for your
home, it’s easy to get confused. If the thought of using anything
more adventurous than floor to ceiling magnolia brings you out in a
cold sweat, then you’re not alone. But, being a bit crafty with
colour, means you can bring out features in your home, make small
spaces seem bigger, and even change the mood your create. Here’s my
tips on how to use colour to your advantage.
Choosing the right colour.
• What turns you on – Understand your own tastes and
preferences. Create a ‘style file’ of pictures from magazines and
brochures with colours and designs that appeal to you. Don’t ponder
it – just go with your first instinct. You’ll soon build up a
picture of what you like.
• Study the
Look closely at the room that you are going to paint and the colour,
pattern and design of things that are staying put, such as the floor
covering and large furniture items. The colour you choose for the
walls needs to complement these things. It will also need to
harmonize with the colours in adjoining rooms.
try to find an object, ornament or picture that you like. This will
help you narrow down your choices to a colour scheme. Dulux (Dulux.co.uk)
offer a free service called Colour Click. You get a ‘Colour Click
Frame’, place it on an item that you would like take a photo of it.
Upload the photo to the Dulux website and Colour Click will identify
the nearest paint colour to your photographed item and suggest
colour schemes for you.
• Get in
the mood –
what is the room used for? The colour you pick should reflect the
mood you want to create. Bedrooms are usually decorated with calm,
tranquil tones, whereas a living room may need to be warm and
friendly and a kitchen should shout ‘fresh’ and ‘vibrant’. Many
paint manufacturers state on the tins what mood the colour is:
colours tend to be quite strong, and can be quite dramatic.
Fresh - colours are clean and pure, and should energise a room.
Warm - colours are mellow and relaxed, making a room feel cosy and
Calm - colours are soft and subtle, with a muted grey undertone.
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