Have you ever found yourself staring at dozens of sample colours, yet still no closer to finding the right shade, well Dulux’s Paints have just launched their new New Signature Collection which has been designed to simplify your choice by showcasing colours that work together from different pallet groups – not a group of colours from the same spectrum.
Paint, wallpaper and fabric are key to unlocking a new look for every area of the home but knowing where to start is the big hurdle that often stops people from giving it a go and choosing a colour scheme for themselves.
- Feeling overwhelmed by the number of colour choices? Start with the golden rule of three. To begin with, choose three colours and build your palette around these, then repeat these colours around the room.
- Use the ratio of 60:30:10, where 60-percent of the colour in your space is the dominant or main colour, 30-percent is a secondary colour and 10-percent is an accent colour.
- A great place for colour inspiration is your wardrobe. We are naturally drawn toward colours in clothing that enhance our colouring and personality, and these colours in your room will act the same way, select colour that matches you!
- Look at your existing furnishing, rugs, curtains, paintings or favourite accessories for inspiration. If your rug or curtains have colourful patterns you are best served by selecting the co-ordinating wall colour from the neutral background colour of the curtains or rug. Use the deeper or brighter tones for accents throughout the room or adjacent spaces.
- Create consistency by adding accent colours: for example, perhaps the main wall colour in one room is mid pebble from the Dulux Signature Collection and you have added a punch of colour with sunshine yellow textured cushions on the sofa. You could then paint an accent wall in Mid Bumble in an adjoining room – this will create flow and consistency throughout the space or simple just add a punch of colour with a bight cushion and vase as seen in the photo.
- Everything need not match! Room’s gains depth and dimension from extra texture, pattern and colour from other like items. Try to avoid two couches with the same colour and pattern, instead have two coordinating patterns, or one with a pattern and one that’s solid. If you do opt for solid coloured couches, such as white, add texture and contrast with throws, pillows, blankets and rugs to create an opulent palate. The photos may not be your taste, but is an example of how the use of different colours and textures to pull a space together.
- Remember less is more!!
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