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

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME -

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

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