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Du­lux brand man­ager Nonku­l­uleko Mcunu of­fers four handy hints for choos­ing grey paint:

1 Find in­spi­ra­tion in mag­a­zines or on­line to get an idea of the grey you’d like. Visu­alise how it will look in your own space against the flooring, fur­ni­ture, blinds or cur­tains and ac­ces­sories. You can also use the fun Du­lux Visu­al­izer app, avail­able on Google play and the App store, which al­lows you to take a photo and do a live vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of your space as you ap­ply var­i­ous colours to the walls!

2 Visit your paint store and spend time look­ing at the colour cards. Each Du­lux card usu­ally has six tones ar­ranged from pale to deep. Se­lect a few that you love and take them home to see how they will look in your space. Make a fi­nal se­lec­tion of at least three greys.

3 Get sam­ple pots of these colours and paint a 1 x 1m area on your wall or on a sim­i­lar-sized white card/can­vas panel if you plan to move the colour from room to room. Be sure to eval­u­ate the colour with the items in the room and keep in mind that a colour may ap­pear stronger on an en­tire wall than on just a sec­tion of it. If this is a con­cern, opt for a shade or two lighter than your cho­sen colour.

4 Al­low the paint to dry com­pletely for at least 24 hours be­fore check­ing what it will look like at var­i­ous times of the day. Don’t for­get to ob­serve the paint in both nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial light to get the per­fect shade for your space.

Tip When paint­ing your favourite grey over walls that have pre­vi­ously been painted with wa­ter-based paint, prepa­ra­tion is key. En­sure the sur­faces are sound, clean and free of dust, dirt or grease. Fill any cracks and holes with ap­pro­pri­ate filler. Once the walls have been ad­e­quately pre­pared, it’s im­por­tant to ap­ply Du­lux Plas­ter Primer over the pre­vi­ous colour be­fore ap­ply­ing the top coat – this will en­sure a smooth, at­trac­tive fin­ish.

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