Happy shades work well

Manawatu Guardian - - HOME & GARDEN -

Shades of lemon, lime and orange are happy, irrepressible colours; the colours of spring and sum­mer.

They sim­ply make us feel good. Dot­ting these colours around your in­te­rior is sure to perk you up.

True cit­rus colours are eye-pop­pingly bold, so you may not want to com­mit to splash­ing them all over ev­ery wall.

Think about whether you want the colour to be the star of the show or just a sup­port­ing role.

An­other way to deal with the vi­brancy is to tone the colours down a lit­tle, so turn lemon into a dusky honey (so in­stead of Re­sene Bright Spark, use Mel­low Yel­low), orange into melon (in­stead of Tango try Ta­cao), and lime into pis­ta­chio (Re­sene Lima and Hyp­notic). The Re­sene Multi-fin­ish pal­ette cards are great for this as you can see colours of dif­fer­ent in­ten­sity sit­ting side by side, let­ting you eas­ily choose a slight more sub­dued ver­sion of a strong colour.

Let’s look at where these colours re­ally come into their own.

■ Kitchens: Be­cause your kitchen cab­i­netry vis­ually of­ten takes up a large por­tion of the wall space, you won’t end up see­ing as much of the wall as in other rooms. So bold colour here is eas­ier to live with.

■ Bed­rooms: Kids’ bed­rooms or play spa­ces that are packed with per­son­al­ity suit such up­beat colours. But make sure you don’t overdo it, or the en­er­gis­ing power of cit­rus may keep your kids awake way past bed­time.

■ Bath­rooms: With their zingy re­ju­ve­nat­ing char­ac­ter, cit­rus tones look great in a cleans­ing space such as a bath­room.

■ Front doors: This is one in­gre­di­ent of an ex­te­rior that you want to at­tract at­ten­tion — even if it’s just to sig­nal the way to go for vis­i­tors. So a stop-and-stare bright cit­rus shade is per­fect.

■ Fea­ture walls or ar­eas: It may not be a mat­ter of ran­domly choos­ing one plain wall to use as the can­vas for your bright cit­rus shade, but how about a wall that is punc­tu­ated by open­ings or doors, or the lower half of the walls of a room? The end wall of a hall­way, or a cheeky pop from in­side a cup­board.

■ As an ac­cent: If you are us­ing cit­rus tones as ac­cents only, fol­low the 10 per cent rule as a pro­por­tion to the larger space, and stick to one type of colour rather than a lolly scram­ble of lots of colour.

Hav­ing said that, you can use a ‘fam­ily’ of re­lated colour, so colours that sit in the spec­trum be­tween yel­low and green, or yel­low and orange.

Or use vary­ing shades of each colour, from straw through to in­tense yel­low; from salsa verde green to olive; from burnt orange to pale pa­paya. You’ll be sur­prised how good they look to­gether. Top tip: Be care­ful of us­ing cit­rus tones on all of the walls of a room as the colours re­flect off each other and be­come even stronger.

Test your colour first by paint­ing a sheet of card with a Re­sene test pot, leav­ing a white bor­der, and plac­ing it in var­i­ous parts of the room dur­ing the day and evening.

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