How to avoid mis­takes with colour

Fairlady - - HOME TRUTHS -

Here are some great point­ers from in­te­rior de­sign­ers on how to blend colours to make a state­ment in your home.

• DI­LUTED VER­SIONS OF TRUE COLOUR ARE OVERUSED. Creams can be lovely but they of­ten feel dirty and dated. Rather go for true, crisp white, and in­stead of sand, try co­coa. – Pa­trick Mele

• CLUS­TER SIM­I­LAR COLOURS. Colours from a sin­gle fam­ily blend ef­fort­lessly with­out be­ing ‘matchy’. If you paint the walls green, for in­stance, choose cur­tains in a rich khaki. Punch up the pal­ette with a bright sofa. – David Hicks

• DON’T DE­FAULT TO WHITE. Paint­ing a room white doesn’t al­ways make it feel big­ger. If the room has lit­tle nat­u­ral light, white walls can look flat. – Emily Hen­der­son

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