Tak­ing a spin of the wheel

How to make sense of choos­ing paint colours

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Choice is one of the plea­sures of liv­ing in a free mar­ket­place. But when it comes to se­lect­ing paint colours, it can be a case of too much of a good thing.

Cre­ative con­sul­tant for Du­lux 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 what the out­come is that you want is the key.”

While some may ques­tion what all the fuss is about — it’s just paint — Bree says it’s un­der­stand­able 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.”

Chan­nelling your mood

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, says Bree.

“You can’t make colour de­ci­sions in iso­la­tion,” she 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.”

The big pic­ture

For those still strug­gling to put a se­lec­tion of colours to­gether, con­cept and colour man­ager for Haymes Paint, 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 on the wall but it’s about work­ing with a pal­ette that you can live with and that will grow with you and your fam­ily.”

Mov­ing into neu­tral

Neu­trals are a pop­u­lar go-to pal­ette for many home­own­ers look­ing for a clas­sic colour scheme but Wendy says there are ways to avoid end­ing up with soul­less spa­ces.

“It is not just that it is white on white, it’s about work­ing with colours that are har­mo­nious,” she says.

“Of­ten it is nice to layer colours through the house. If you want light and airy spa­ces, go with a lighter tone but if you want a warmer feel, look for neu­trals with warmer tones.”

For rooms that still need a lit­tle some­thing, she has some ad­vice.

“If you throw black at any­thing, it makes ev­ery­thing look bet­ter — it’s a great con­trast­ing colour while be­ing the ultimate neu­tral,” Wendy says.

What­ever colours you choose, don’t go with a colour just be­cause it’s in right now.

“If it is a colour you have an affin­ity with, put it in your house but don’t pick a colour just be­cause it’s on trend,” she says. “If you re­ally love green, which is in right now, it will be up­lift­ing but it is quite pow­er­ful and can start yelling at you if you don’t re­ally love it.”

June 24, 2017

Who says walls can only be one colour? Punc­tu­ate, For­est Fruit Pink and Manila from Du­lux cre­ate an invit­ing en­vi­ron­ment in warm tones.

Greens con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity thanks to their nat­u­ral good looks. This study nook in Taub­mans’ Team Spirit dips a toe in the deep end.

Olive green from Haymes Paint is a sur­pris­ingly sooth­ing ad­di­tion to the bed­room. Add some bed linen in an equally dark hue for max­i­mum style.

Deep red such as this from Haymes Paint works well in in­ti­mate spa­ces such as bed­rooms but is sur­pris­ingly com­fort­ing in liv­ing rooms too.

An­tique White and Malay Grey from Du­lux pro­vide a neu­tral but warm back­drop that pairs per­fectly with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als such as tim­ber and linen.

Brush strokes

Don’t choose colours un­der the flu­o­res­cent lights in the paint shop.

Do take sam­ple pots home and ap­ply colour ei­ther di­rectly to the walls or on to board.

Don’t look at colours in iso­la­tion.

Do cre­ate a mood board pulling to­gether images of spa­ces you like. You’ll start to see a colour pal­ette emerg­ing.

Don’t choose a colour be­cause it’s on trend.

Do go with colours that res­onate with you — you’re more likely to still love them a year later.

Don’t be afraid of try­ing colour.

Do get the brushes and rollers out if you don’t like it and start again. It’s only paint.

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