Ex­pert ad­vice

Low in­vest­ment and high im­pact, a fresh coat of paint is a pow­er­ful thing.

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What are the most im­por­tant things peo­ple should con­sider while se­lect­ing a paint colour?

I al­ways ad­vise clients to not rely too much on what the trends are. Colour is a very per­sonal choice and is af­fected by many things such as light­ing, floor­ing tones, trim colours, fur­ni­ture style and colour. The most im­por­tant thing for peo­ple to con­sider is pay­ing at­ten­tion to what colours they re­spond to. They should live with a colour pal­ette they love and that re­flects their per­son­al­ity. Al­ways re­mem­ber: It’s just paint. It is the cheap­est and eas­i­est thing to change but has an in­stant im­pact.

Are there spe­cific colours or com­bi­na­tions peo­ple should avoid for cer­tain rooms of their home?

This gets tricky. Be­cause we all re­spond to colour in a dif­fer­ent way, the colours we need to avoid are de­pen­dent on what we re­spond to. All the colours rep­re­sent a dif­fer­ent emo­tion and peo­ple with those per­son­al­ity traits will be drawn to the colour that rep­re­sents it.

For ex­am­ple: blue gives you the fo­cus to vi­su­al­ize. It is the colour of dream­ers and vi­sion­ar­ies. It ap­peals more to those with men­tal dis­ci­pline and the abil­ity to en­vi­sion a more beau­ti­ful life, whereas yel­low gives you the wis­dom to know what you need. It aids in gain­ing the power to know what mo­ti­vates you and see the re­al­ity of oth­ers.

I al­ways tell peo­ple to pay at­ten­tion to what their eye is drawn to when they are out shop­ping at a home decor store or even a cloth­ing store. It isn’t about what you think your favourite colour is, it is about what your eye au­to­mat­i­cally goes to.

A lot of peo­ple want to liven up their space with­out a ma­jor over­haul. What are some ways to do this us­ing paint?

If you love a trendy bold colour but don’t want to com­mit a whole room to it, do a fea­ture wall some­where. Colour­ful wall­pa­per will achieve this as well. The trick is to not use the bold colours in large quan­tity, but just as com­ple­ments to the decor or in an area you don’t spend a lot of time in. Some­where you tend to just pass through, like your en­try, hall or pow­der room. You can cre­ate huge wow fac­tor just paint­ing your hall­way in a deep hue then have the ad­join­ing rooms light and bright. It can be stun­ning when done right.

While we’re on the trend topic, do you have a favourite right now?

I am cur­rently crush­ing on the con­tin­u­ing trend of bold colours like navy, teal, or­ange and even the rose-gold colour that was seen all over IDS in Toronto. I’ve never re­ally been a pink girl but, am find­ing my­self drawn to it so I don’t fight it. White is tak­ing cen­tre stage in homes with the bold colours act­ing as the ic­ing on the cake.

Michele Muir, a self-pro­claimed paint nerd ex­traor­di­naire.

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