PRO­FES­SIONAL AD­VICE

25 Beautiful Homes - - FRENCH NEW BUILD - Judy Smith, Crown paints

‘as well as the ob­vi­ous choice of colours that are op­po­sites on the colour wheel, schemes that work around tones can look equally pow­er­ful. Colours that work well to­gether can be any­thing from acid yel­low or orange with the deep­est navy and ar­eas of white, or mus­tard and deep sea green with taupe and black.

Peo­ple as­so­ciate colour block­ing with bright shades, but tones of grey work par­tic­u­larly well with chalky pinks and laven­der, and com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent depths of tone is also ef­fec­tive – like bright co­ral or deep ter­ra­cotta with a soft and pale blue.

think out­side the box – there are ways of us­ing colour other than on one fea­ture wall. think about car­ry­ing the area of con­trast­ing colour around cor­ners and onto the ceil­ing, or try cre­at­ing zones in an open-plan liv­ing area.

Avoid hav­ing strong hues on all sur­faces – when you use a bold colour on a wall, keep floor­ing neu­tral. Wooden floor­boards or car­pet in a nat­u­ral shade are a good foil as they pro­vide a calm­ing in­flu­ence.

work out the at­mos­phere and style you want to cre­ate, and be aware of how much nat­u­ral light you get – you can com­pen­sate by in­cor­po­rat­ing a warm hue in a room with­out much nat­u­ral light and vice versa.’

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