Decorating made sim­ple by paint colour choices

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

With the ar­rival of Spring, Cana­di­ans are once again en­er­gized to give their homes a fresh, new look. Ap­ply­ing a coat of paint is the eas­i­est and most in­ex­pen­sive way to trans­form any room in the house. How­ever, for many of us, choos­ing the right paint colour can be a daunt­ing task. De­sign ex­pert Deb­bie Travis has de­vel­oped a new way to choose colour that sim­pli­fies the en­tire process.

Deb­bie says, “Choose a mood first, then choose a colour. Think about how you want your room to feel — bright and cheerful, warm and wel­com­ing, dra­matic and se­duc­tive or calm and serene. Now choose colours that will en­hance that mood.” Choose a mood…then choose a colour • To cre­ate a room that evokes a feel­ing of peace and seren­ity choose earth tones in­clud­ing browns, creams and greens.

• For a room that light­ens your spir­its when you en­ter choose happy, en­er­getic colours. Pale and ra­di­ant yel­lows, or­ange, apri­cot, and rosy pink are op­ti­mistic and fun.

• To pro­duce a sense of pas­sion and drama choose vi­brant, sat­u­rated colours for a se­duc­tive bed­room or a din­ing room that arouses ap­petites and lively con­ver­sa­tion; deep reds, hot pinks and raspberry, spicy or­anges and deep blues will set the mood.

• Tap into your mem­ory for clas­sic colours that are warm and com­fort­ing in a liv­ing room, kitchen or bed­room. Select vin­tage blues and greens, an­tique reds and golden yel­lows to cre­ate a sense of well be­ing.

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