Colour your world

Horowhenua Chronicle - - OPEN HOMES -

Are you look­ing to re­vamp your in­te­rior de­sign with a bold new colour aes­thetic? While the process of pick­ing paint is an ex­cit­ing one, it's im­por­tant to en­sure the hues you se­lect work through­out your home. There are many colour schemes to choose from, whether you're look­ing to make a state­ment or want a more sub­dued feel. Per­haps you've got a knack for re­con­di­tion­ing old fur­ni­ture, in which case a fresh lick of paint on oth­er­wise bland din­ing chairs can breathe fresh life into a space. Here are three colour schemes we love that you might con­sider for your home. Be sure to se­lect a colour scheme that matches your per­sonal tastes and works with your home's ex­ist­ing de­sign. While turquoise looks fan­tas­tic in bath­rooms flooded with light, the colour can be over­pow­er­ing in a small study, so pick your colours care­fully.

TONAL REDS: One op­tion when it comes to in­cor­po­rat­ing a colour scheme into your home is to pick sim­i­lar tonal colours. Fiery shades of red as well as those with richer, blue-tinged hues can cre­ate warmth. Start with a room that's used most of­ten - most likely the liv­ing room. Us­ing the Re­sene Find-A-Colour tool, you can start get­ting in­spi­ra­tion for bold red shades that would look fan­tas­tic in the space. There's the lively Re­sene Del Toro for a bright im­pact, while Re­sene Red Tape has play­ful ma­genta tones that make a space vi­brant. Given the bold shades for the walls, it's best to opt for low-pile cream car­pet and beige or white fur­ni­ture. Dark ac­ces­sories and floor­ing will make the space feel closed in. Once you've se­lected a de­fin­i­tive red shade, choose paint colours for walls and key pieces of fur­ni­ture in the same tone but lighter shades for other rooms in the house. Warm whites with a hint of red look fan­tas­tic in the bed­room, for ex­am­ple. Be se­lec­tive where you use it for a more strik­ing ef­fect.

COM­PLE­MEN­TARY COLOURS: By se­lect­ing colours on op­po­site sides of the colour wheel, you can cre­ate a sense of har­mony in your home. Of­ten, you can se­lect more muted tones and in­cor­po­rate them through­out. One fan­tas­tic com­bi­na­tion is a sul­try vi­o­let shade paired with a deep palm green. You can switch the colours up through­out the home, too. For in­stance, Re­sene Scarlet Gum is a moody red vi­o­let. It's com­ple­mented by the rich green of Re­sene Bush. Se­lect one colour for walls and use the com­ple­men­tary tone for skirt­ing boards and state­ment pieces of fur­ni­ture. When it comes to bed­rooms, vi­o­let tones look fan­tas­tic on the walls. By con­trast, liv­ing spa­ces will suit Re­sene Bush or the pea­cock blue of Re­sene Ara­pawa on the walls, with vi­o­let-hued side ta­bles, photo frames and foot rests.

EN­TER­ING SPA­CES: To prop­erly in­te­grate a colour scheme into your home, it helps to walk through the var­i­ous spa­ces. For in­stance, if you can see the hall­way from your liv­ing room and kitchen, it's im­por­tant this thor­ough­fare is painted and dec­o­rated in a fash­ion that flows seam­lessly from these shared spa­ces. Open all the doors so you can see how the colour and light will flow from one room to the next. It's es­sen­tial to think about the ex­te­rior ap­pear­ance, from win­dow frames to the front door.

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