Red is for pas­sion

I live on a farm and I’d like to paint my kitchen cup­boards in a red from Du­lux; I want some­thing bright but the men in my house must also like it! Can you help?

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Son­ica Buck­steg, Du­lux colour ex­pert, replies Red is a great colour to use in a kitchen! Stud­ies have shown that it ac­tu­ally in­creases ap­petite in most peo­ple; you’ll no­tice that a lot of restau­rants make use of red for this very rea­son. How­ever, red from floor to ceil­ing can be a bit over­whelm­ing; it’s best to com­bine red with a neu­tral grey or beige tone on larger sur­faces.

Du­lux of­fers a va­ri­ety of reds that can be used to brighten up any room in your home.

We rec­om­mend Ruby Foun­tain 1, 2 and 3; Ruby Foun­tain 1 is the dark­est shade and Ruby Foun­tain 3 the light­est. Ruby Foun­tain has a slight blue un­der­tone and will ap­pear cooler in com­par­i­son to Vol­canic Splash 3 which is warmer and more in­tense. Fire Cracker 3 is also a warm red – but it’s not as in­tense as Vol­canic Splash 3.

We rec­om­mend paint­ing a test patch in both colours and view­ing them in nat­u­ral light and un­der your kitchen light­ing.

Day­light has vary­ing ef­fects on colour and your kitchen light­ing will also ei­ther en­hance or dull down your cho­sen shade.

It’s best to live with the colour for a full 24 hours be­fore mak­ing a com­mit­ment. In­can­des­cent and halo­gen light­ing tends to warm up reds and yel­lows be­cause the wave­lengths of these ar­ti­fi­cial lights are warm, whereas flu­o­res­cent light­ing has a cool­ing ef­fect and may make reds ap­pear muted. Sim­i­larly, the colour of your table­top sur­faces and tex­tures in the room will also have an ef­fect on the colour – so test swatches are a must!

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