Whether you want to give a room a fresh new look for spring or update your house’s whole décor scheme, paint is the easiest, most cost-effective way to achieve dramatic results.
With so many options, choosing the right paint colour can be daunting. However, the DULUX® Perfect Palette makes the task simple with 100 versatile colours that work well on their own or in unison with others in the collection. It’s easy to select the shades best suited to you and your home, with colour choices ranging from ashen purples and reds, to earth-tones, to warm neutrals, to cool blues, and modern greys.
Here is sound advice from Dulux on how to use the Perfect Palette to achieve the look you want. Concentrate on the colour groups that appeal to you and using the Perfect Palette, select light, medium, or dark shades to provide contrast and balance to the other elements in your home, such as furniture, accessories, flooring, or fabric.
Paint chips can show how a colour will look in your home. However, don’t put them against the existing wall colour; it will affect how you perceive the colour on the paint chip.
If you want to make a room feel smaller or large, colour can help. Contrasting colours may make a room seem smaller while rooms with less colour contrast generally feel more spacious. Remember that colour on a wall near a window looks darker than on the opposite wall.
Take the time to check your preferred paint colour in various lighting conditions, as it will look different in natural light than in artificial light. And ensure it works with your furniture, accessories and finishes.
If you are doing a complete makeover of a room, pick your furniture, flooring, and fabric first and the paint colour last. It’s much easier to find a paint colour that goes with these things after you’ve chosen them than vice versa.
In Tune With the Trends
Trendy colours for 2018 are dark and expressive, balanced by soft, light, and luminous neutrals. For a dramatic statement, try Dulux Paints 2018 Colour of the Year, Black Elegance (DLX1004-7), a muted black infused with deep brown undertones. If you want to establish an intimate vibe in a small space or create a statement feature wall balanced with lighter walls, Black Elegance is the ideal choice.
For a decadent, shimmering effect, Dulux Liquid Metal 2018 Colour of the Year, Golden Goose (015LM), is a rich finish that provides a contrasting accent of illuminating, sumptuous, colour-rich, texture.
Although it’s been around for some time, grey remains a popular neutral. But with warm metals such as brass, mixed with chrome or matt black metals, cropping up in design schemes, rich browns and warm neutrals are staging a comeback if you are looking for an alternative to grey.
Create a Unique Look
Follow this advice from Dulux Paints colour experts to create a unique décor statement suited to your personal style.
Draw inspiration from a favourite rug, fabric, or piece of colourful artwork, then select paint colours in the same, lighter or darker shades as those in your inspiration piece. Create an accent wall using one of the deeper colours from the Dulux Perfect Palette that complements the overall wall colour, then repeat this accent colour at least two more times, in your accessories or furniture, or use it as an accent colour in another room. Bathrooms and powder rooms are good places to go bold with colour.
Walls aren’t the only consideration when repainting a room. Trim, doors, and ceilings contribute to the overall décor scheme. Choose a neutral from the Perfect Palette or from the full range of Dulux paints colours. If you want a room to look larger, paint these elements the same or similar shade as the walls.
To get started on your home makeover, check out the Perfect Palette at your local Dulux Paints store.
Click on dulux.ca to find a store near you.
Tracy Hanes is a GTA-based real estate writer.