TRAPS for be­gin­ners

Ex­pert2Me­gan Har­ri­son-Turner warns of what not to do when start­ing out

The Northern Advocate - - 48 Hours / Home Trends - Ditto for a wardrobe door: Dis­play­ing ev­ery­thing: Choos­ing too light a colour for an ex­te­rior: Chang­ing your mind:

Us­ing a stan­dard ceil­ing white with a neu­tral colour scheme:

If you are us­ing a colour off the Re­sene Whites & Neu­trals col­lec­tion on your walls, use a paler ver­sion of it on the ceil­ing, and not a stan­dard white.

Leav­ing skimpy skirt­ing in nat­u­ral wood or paint­ing them an ac­cent colour:

If you have a small skirt­ing (so not a dec­o­ra­tive villa or bun­ga­low-style skirt­ing) paint it the same colour as the wall, but in a higher gloss level. It will ap­pear slightly paler as the gloss re­flects more light, but it won’t draw at­ten­tion to it­self.

High­light­ing skirt­ing boards and sco­tia when the room has a low or stan­dard ceil­ing height:

This will cre­ate two hor­i­zon­tal lines, which sand­wich the walls and makes the room feel smaller and the ceil­ing lower. It’s a door so there’s no need to draw at­ten­tion to it. Wrap the room in one colour and it will ap­pear more seam­less, al­low­ing your eye to rest on the more in­ter­est­ing as­pects of a room.

Choos­ing too many colours for a space:

It def­i­nitely pays to keep your colour palette un­der con­trol.

Choos­ing a bright colour from a small paint chip:

Use a Re­sene test­pot. Look at the colour painted in the big­gest size you can in the room and with all the fur­nish­ings. Paint the colour on a piece of card and prop it up be­hind the sofa, hold it next to the cur­tains, check it with the car­pet. Do this in both the day and night light.

Colour can do strange things to a space. A seem­ingly in­tense enough beige/neu­tral can wash out to noth­ing on an ex­te­rior house wall that’s blasted by the sun. And a green can be over­pow­er­ing in a room when the colour is bounced back on it­self from the walls.

Col­lec­tions are won­der­ful. So are heir­looms and trea­sures from your trav­els. But don’t try to show them off all at once. Visu­ally it’ll be so busy there will be nowhere for the eye to rest. Change the dis­plays with the sea­sons. Bring­ing them out of stor­age will feel like be­ing re­unit­ing with long lost friends and your room will look bet­ter too.

Paint­ing all the walls white un­til you ren­o­vate or ‘just while the kids are young’:

If you are choos­ing white walls, be sure you have fab­u­lous fur­ni­ture. White will sil­hou­ette the fur­ni­ture in a way no other colour will. Creams or taupe are far more for­giv­ing. Mix­ing white and a colour brings out the truth in a colour, so a pas­tel will pop (or scream) against white.

Cre­at­ing a colour scheme that ig­nores the ex­ist­ing floor­ing be­cause it will be changed in a year or three:

It’s bet­ter to choose wall colours that work with the not-so­favourite floor­ing.

This will make it dis­ap­pear in­stead of draw­ing at­ten­tion to its non-co-or­di­nat­ing flaws. Paint is easy and af­ford­able to change so if the scheme doesn’t work with fu­ture floor­ing, just break out the paint brushes.

Nat­u­ral light, es­pe­cially in this part of the world, will knock back the in­ten­sity of any colour, so err on the side of a darker or more sat­u­rated shade. Al­ways view a large sam­ple painted in a Re­sene test­pot on var­i­ous sides of the house to test your colour.

Choos­ing an ex­te­rior colour scheme us­ing two neu­tral vari­a­tions that sit next to each other on the chart:

Of course, there are al­ways ex­cep­tions to the rule but more of­ten than not, the wall and trim colours look much bet­ter if they are two clicks away from each other, not just one.

So use Re­sene Dou­ble Sea Fog on the cladding, and Re­sene Half Sea Fog on the trims (not straight Re­sene Sea Fog).

For your bud­get’s sake, stick with the plan once you have made it. Do your home­work then trust your­self. Chang­ing your mind about the tiles or the lay­out of the bath­room will cost ex­tra time and money.

Photo / Mark Scowen

Time­less colours will out­last trends, such as this bed­room fin­ished in Re­sene Tiara and R. White Pointer. Project by Ma­sonry De­sign So­lu­tions.

Photo / Susie Crop­per

Use vari­a­tions of a neu­tral in one room, such as this liv­ing area, a project by Michelle Weir, which is fin­ished in Re­sene Quar­ter Thorn­don Cream, R. Half Thorn­don Cream and R. Truf­fle.

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