Use red in smaller doses

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

While all of the walls in our fea­ture room have been painted red, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to fol­low suit. In a smaller, less for­mal din­ing space you could paint just the fo­cal wall red. Use a co­or­di­nat­ing colour on the sec­ondary walls that will com­pli­ment and sup­port the strong fo­cal colour. A pas­tel yel­low sec­ondary wall might not cut it, for in­stance. A rich golden yel­low, how­ever, could be spec­tac­u­lar.

By paint­ing only the fo­cal wall in red, you are us­ing the tech­nique of colour block­ing. This prac­tice will give you the splash of vi­brant colour you want but won’t over­whelm the room or the senses. This tech­nique can work in many sit­u­a­tions. For ex­am­ple, you could have a red fo­cal wall at the head of the bed be­cause you won’t see it when

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