Avoid these mis­takes when choos­ing paint colour

Just like an old pair of jeans or out-of-date hair­style, it’s easy to get com­fort­able in your room’s decor.

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - FRONT PAGE - CON­NIE OLIVER

DOES the thought of choos­ing a paint colour turn you yel­low with fear? You are not alone, ac­cord­ing to Du­lux Paints. Feed­back from em­ploy­ees at the brand’s 250 stores across the coun­try in­di­cates that paint colour se­lec­tion is the big­gest chal­lenge con­sumers face when un­der­tak­ing a paint pro­ject. “When it comes to paint colour, many peo­ple are so afraid of change that they end up stick­ing with the same colours for years,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand man­ager, Du­lux Paints. “Yet, all they of­ten need is a bit of guid­ance to get out of their colour rut and adopt a more cur­rent look for their liv­ing spa­ces.”

Ac­cord­ing to Du­lux Paints, here are the top five mis­takes peo­ple make when choos­ing paint colour and how to avoid them:

Choos­ing a paint colour out of con­text

Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief, tap­ing a small swatch to a wall won’t help you choose the right colour for your room. In­stead, ex­am­ine paint chips against fur­ni­ture, rugs, ac­ces­sories, coun­ter­tops and other items in the room, mak­ing sure to test the colours in di­rect, in­di­rect and ar­ti­fi­cial light at all times of day.

Play­ing it safe with neu­trals Neu­tral paint colours tend to be a pop­u­lar choice, yet there are times when a more sat­u­rated colour may bring out the best in a room. A good way to in­tro­duce some colour to your walls is to ap­ply the new neu­trals — whites, beiges or greys that are in­fused with a small amount of colour such as li­lac, sage or blue. Choose new-trend neu­trals that co­or­di­nate well with your fur­ni­ture or a favourite ac­ces­sory. You can also take a neu­tral room up a notch by paint­ing an ac­cent wall a deeper shade of the wall colour or a more vi­brant, co­or­di­nat­ing colour.

Go­ing with the same old Just like an old pair of jeans or out-of-date hair­style, it’s easy to get com­fort­able in your room’s decor. Take a step back, ex­am­ine your space and ask: What year is this room stuck in? If the an­swer dates back at least a decade, it might be time for a change. Adding colour with paint is one of the eas­i­est and most in­ex­pen­sive ways to up­date a space. You’ll be sur­prised how a fresh coat of paint will make your fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories look newer.

Fear of us­ing more than one colour There’s no rea­son to use only one paint colour on the walls of a room. In fact, us­ing two or even three shades can turn a room from or­di­nary to ex­tra­or­di­nary. A good rule of thumb is to use a base colour in about 2/3 of the room and in­tro­duce other colours in smaller quan­ti­ties. To achieve an el­e­gant, re­lax­ing feel, try a monochro­matic colour scheme, with one main colour sup­ported by oth­ers from the same colour fam­ily. For a har­mo­nious ef­fect, com­bine colours lo­cated be­side each other on the colour wheel. To cre­ate a dy­namic look, choose com­ple­men­tary colours found di­rectly across from one another on the wheel.

Fail­ing to con­sider a room’s func­tion Will you be play­ing, sleep­ing, eat­ing or re­lax­ing in the space to be painted? Make sure you choose your colour ac­cord­ingly. Yel­low, red and or­ange, as well as soft grey, vi­o­let, blue and green, are known to be more con­ducive to ap­petite-build­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and con­ver­sa­tion, mak­ing them good choices for the kitchen and any main-floor liv­ing space. Bright red will en­er­gize and stim­u­late kids in a play­room, while cooler blues have a calm­ing, serene ef­fect ideal for a bed­room. Golden yel­lows and warm apri­cots tend to flat­ter any skin tone in a bath­room. “A change of wall colour is the best and most eco­nom­i­cal dec­o­rat­ing tool out there,” said Tustin-Fuchs. “If your room is stuck in the 1990s, you can bring it for­ward to 2015 just by swap­ping out pas­tel peach and moss green for a more mod­ern pal­ette such as turquoise blue with lime green ac­cents. With paint, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.” You can also experiment with dif­fer­ent colours us­ing the Du­lux Paints colour visu­al­izer online at www.du­lux.ca. It’s a great way of test­ing your colour skills be­fore you com­mit.


A Du­lux Paints brand man­ager says when it comes to paint colour, many peo­ple are so afraid of change that they end up stick­ing with the same colours for years.

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