Com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent shades can be tricky, but get­ting it right is a cru­cial dec­o­rat­ing skill. Luck­ily, we’ve made it easy with four colour schemes that will trans­form your home, plus ex­pert tips and a fool­proof guide to paint fin­ishes

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‘Neu­tral and quiet, del­i­cate and calm, gen­tle and still’: these are all descriptions that Cas­san­dra El­lis gives to the ‘ Whites and Pales’ group of hues in her re­cently launched ‘El­lis Paint Col­lec­tion’. ‘These colours wrap around you; they are part of the fab­ric of your home with­out be­ing over­whelm­ing or at­ten­tion-seek­ing,’ she says. ‘A warm white is per­fect to use as a con­trast against a gos­samer-like neu­tral grey or a stony plas­ter shade.’ At nat­u­ral paint brand Ed­ward Bul­mer Paint, white and grey are the all-time best­sellers. ‘The way you mix a grey will lend it to another shade on the colour wheel – so, for in­stance, a bluey-grey goes well with a hot orange sofa,’ says founder and colour spe­cial­ist Ed­ward Bul­mer. ‘A deep, dark grey with a strong weight of pig­ment has an en­velop­ing ef­fect and, when lit well and mixed with a tonal clay or a sil­very-white shade, re­sults in a room full of at­mos­phere.’

‘Gre­gory’s Den’, £38 for 2.5 litres, Earth­born (earth­born­ ‘Dawn Mist No.32’, £44 for 2.5 litres, De­sign­ers Guild (de­sign­ers­ ‘Cloud White’, £59 for 2.5 litres, Cas­san­dra El­lis (cas­san­drael­ 4 ‘Ash Grey’, £45 for 2.5...

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