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Colour for your home

The skilful use of colour can create illusions – pale hues reflect light and make small rooms seem larger, while dark colours can make large unwelcoming spaces feel cosier. A light colour on the ceiling – white is probably the best option – makes it seem higher, hallways or passages seem wider.

Cool colours such as blue, turquoise and blue greens are most effective in warm rooms that receive a great deal of sun. Warmer colours include the full range of reds shading into pinks, orange and yellow. These colours also tend to be mentally stimulating and energising, making them best for rooms such as studies where creative work takes place.

Follow these suggestions to make a new colour work for you.

  • Create a feeling of harmony and transition within the home by gradually introducing colour changes. This is especially important in open plan settings, but also looks best when adjoining rooms have a progression of colours rather than violent contrasts.   
  • Bathrooms and kitchens are often at the top of people’s renovation wish list and are usually the most expensive to renovate, but there are now paints that can be used on tiles, whitegoods, laminate and flooring to revitalise a tired room without breaking the bank.
  • Allow colours to represent your moods and personality, or those of the people around you. Children will have greater ownership of their space – and possibly take more pride in keeping it tidy – if you allow them to have some input into the choice of colours.

There are now so many colours, shades and hues on the market that there is bound to be something just right for you. You major challenge will be finding it in an extensive and sometimes bewildering range. In that case, seek professional advice. Ask the paint retailer or contact an HIA member for the best solution for you.


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