THE PALETTE BOOK
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
SHADES OF PALE
‘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 (earthbornpaints.co.uk) ‘Dawn Mist No.32’, £44 for 2.5 litres, Designers Guild (designersguild.com) ‘Cloud White’, £59 for 2.5 litres, Cassandra Ellis (cassandraellis.co.uk) 4 ‘Ash Grey’, £45 for 2.5...