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Your Top 3 Colour Questions Answered

1.  I’m scared to paint – what if I make a mistake?

Paint’s no different to anything else in life.  Just jump in!

I once lived in a shared house in Melbourne for only two weeks and before I moved in I painted my bedroom completely in white, then added muslin to the windows and all white bedding.

I had no idea I would live there for such a short period of time but the time I spent there was relaxing and such a lovely space to come home to – albeit brief!

All white bedroom

A good rule of thumb is to look at 1/2 and 1/4 strength options of a colour that you like.

Also take into consideration that the small paint chip you see in the hardware store will be magnified many times over on a wall.  If there’s a Dulux colour that you like just email me with the colour name and I’ll forward you A4 colour samples within the week.

You can then add to your wall and decide which colour works for you.
This so often helps to confirm which colours will and won’t work for you.

If you don’t like the colour you paint, then paint over it.

2.  What’s an alternative to white?

Grey is the perfect alternative.  It’s timeless and a beautiful contrast against white architraves.

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If you’re a little shy about painting I recommend opting for the lighter shade and then move up to a darker shade once you realise just how fabulous grey is!  Offset with a white gloss trim, this really is a stunning combination.

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3.  Will dark colours make a room appear smaller?

Dark colours can actually make a wall recede.
In the image below it looks as if the wall is further back than it actually is.

Black wall bathroom

In answer to your question, if you were to paint all four walls of a room in a dark colour, then yes it would make the room appear smaller, but one wall have give the effect of the wall receding and also adding interest to a small space.

You can use the 60/30 rule if unsure of how to add colour

Add 60% of a dominant colour
30% of a secondary colour
10% of an accent colour

Translate this to a room and the percentages are

60% of the room’s colour to the walls
30% of the room’s colour for upholstery
&
10% of the room’s colour for accent pieces – cushions & accessories.

I hope this helps with any colour dilemmas you may have and we’re
always happy to answer any questions that you have.

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2 Comments
  1. Thank you Amit. So glad you liked it. Let’s hope it inspires you to paint!

  2. Excellent article Kim..