Show your colours

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Janita Singh For paint­ing tips and new paint trends, go to: du­lux.com.au

SPRING is the per­fect time to spruce up your home with a fresh coat of paint.

Paint is a sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive way to add colour, per­son­al­ity and cre­ate a place where you feel com­fort­able, in­spired and happy, An­drea Lu­cena-Orr of Du­lux Paints says.

“Colour plays a piv­otal role to help de­fine the feel­ing and mood of a space and is easy to cre­ate with a sim­ple paint­ing pro­ject,’’ she adds.

“Paint (colour) can high­light items you want to fo­cus on and cam­ou­flage el­e­ments you wish to hide. It’s so ver­sa­tile and flex­i­ble and can em­power a space or pro­voke a sense of tran­quil­lity.”

But Lu­cena-Orr is quick to point out that a poorly ex­e­cuted pro­ject can have an ad­verse ef­fect. She high­lights things to con­sider: Find pur­pose: Colour choice should be based on the out­come you are try­ing to achieve. Think about the over­all am­bi­ence you want. Things to look out for: Pay at­ten­tion to light­ing in the space to en­sure you are mak­ing the most of nat­u­ral day­light. You also need to re­view your ex­ist­ing fur­nish­ings to en­sure these colours will work with fit­tings that can­not be changed eas­ily. De­fine spa­ces: The most im­pact you can have with col- our is cre­at­ing per­son­alised spa­ces in reg­u­larly used rooms. Many use the liv­ing room, main bed­room or chil­dren’s bed­room and the en­trance the most within the home. Us­ing a favourite colour in these spa­ces is a great way to cre­ate a spe­cific mood and am­bi­ence. Pick­ing paint: Even though paint charts help, it pays to in­vest in sam­ple pots to check how your colour ap­pears ei­ther on the wall or painted on a large card­board sheet so you can move around the room and look in dif­fer­ent ar­eas. Leave the sam­ple on for few days be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

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