Somewhere OVER THE RAINBOW
A huge range of paint colours gives home decorators endless possibilities and it can be daunting. Experts say it pays to step back and think about the big picture before picking up a roller and brush
Choice is one of the pleasures of living in a free market. But when it comes to selecting paint colours, it can be a case of too much of a good thing.
Dulux creative consultant Bree Leech says choosing paint colours is a common problem for many homeowners.
“I have had this conversation so many times,” she says. “There is almost too much choice and there are always multiple ways you can go. Knowing the outcome you want is the key.”
While some may question what all the fuss is about — it’s just paint — Bree says it’s understandable that wall colours leave so many bewildered by choice.
“Even with white, you realise that there are 50 different whites, so which one do you choose?” she says. “It can change the whole feel of the space.”
The best and easiest place to start is with a moodboard, says Bree. Whether you use an old-fashioned pinboard or an online service such as Pinterest, Bree says once you start to bring images together, you start to see a palette emerging.
“Start collecting images that are beautiful to you visually,” she says. “Put them together on one page and you will see some synergy of what you like.”
Once you’ve narrowed down your palette, pick up a few sample pots to try at home. Don’t be tempted to make a decision while you’re still at the paint shop.
“You can’t make colour decisions in isolation,” Bree says. “It never looks the same way twice, depending on the room you put it in. You need to compare colour to the existing space with the curtains, flooring and the furniture.”
For those still struggling to put a selection of colours together, Haymes Paint concept and colour manager Wendy Rennie has a few tricks up her sleeve.
“You need to look at the whole picture of what you’re trying to achieve in the room,” she says. “If you like the feel of a space, ask yourself what it is that you like.
“A lot of people will say that they don’t know what colour they like but often it is quite obvious to others looking in from the outside.”
When you are drawn to a strong colour, Wendy suggests considering it as part of the whole scheme before applying it willy nilly.
“If you are looking at a stronger colour, ask yourself what it is doing for the room and if you could do the same thing with a statement piece in that colour instead,” she says. “People get hooked on a colour and think that they should put it