EX­PER­I­MENT WITH COLOUR

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT -

While white might be the ul­ti­mate space cre­ator, cer­tain colours and com­bi­na­tions can fool the eye and make in­te­ri­ors seem more spa­cious than they are. Pale blues and greens cre­ate a calm­ing at­mos­phere that si­mul­ta­ne­ously en­large and brighten a space. They also com­bine well with other colours. Sea-foam greens and soft tones of yel­low are equally ver­sa­tile. plums. Reds, greens and mid-tone blues can call too much at­ten­tion to the walls, mak­ing a room feel smaller. Ac­ces­sorise with blan­kets, art­work, rugs and fur­ni­ture in sim­i­lar tones but dif­fer­ent tex­tures, and in­clude pops of bright colour with cush­ions or lamps. brighter. Glossy sur­faces which re­flect light are ideal for small rooms, par­tic­u­larly when us­ing darker paint. Use a higher gloss fin­ish on kitchen cab­i­netry, builtin shelv­ing and fire­place sur­rounds, but keep the walls low­sheen. Plac­ing a mir­ror near a win­dow to re­flect the out­doors is es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive at vis­ually ex­pand­ing a room. Mir­rored wardrobe doors and cabinets, glass ta­bles and acrylic chairs are ideal for small spa­ces.

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