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Does the thought of choosing a paint colour turn you yellow with fear? You're not alone, according to leading paint brand Dulux Paints.
"When it comes to paint colour, many people are so afraid of change that they end up sticking with the same colours for years," said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager, Dulux Paints. "Yet, all they often need is a bit of guidance to get out of their colour rut and adopt a more current look for their living spaces."
Here are the top five mistakes people make when choosing paint colour and how to avoid them:
1. Choosing a paint colour out of context. Contrary to popular belief, taping a small swatch to a wall won't help you choose the right colour for your room. Instead, examine paint chips against furniture, rugs, accessories, countertops and other items in the room, making sure to test the colours in direct, indirect and artificial light at all times of day.
2. Playing it safe with neutrals. Neutral paint colours tend to be a popular choice, yet there are times when a more saturated colour may bring out the best in a room. A good way to introduce some colour to your walls is to apply the "new neutrals" – whites, beiges or greys that are infused with a small amount of colour such as lilac, sage or blue. Choose new-trend neutrals that coordinate well with your furniture or a favourite accessory. You can also take a neutral room up a notch by painting an accent wall a deeper shade of the wall colour or a more vibrant, coordinating colour.
3. Going with the same old, same old. Just like an old pair of jeans or out-of-date hairstyle, it's easy to get comfortable in your room's décor. Take a step back, really examine your space and ask: What year is this room stuck in? If the answer dates back at least a decade, it might be time for a change. Adding colour with paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to update a space. You'll be surprised how a fresh coat of paint will make your furniture and accessories look newer.
4. Fear of using more than one colour. There's no reason to use only one paint colour on the walls of a room. In fact, using two or even three shades can turn a room from ordinary to extraordinary. A good rule of thumb is to use a base colour in about two-thirds of the room and introduce other colours in smaller quantities. To achieve an elegant, relaxing feel, try a monochromatic colour scheme, with one main colour supported by others from the same colour family. For a harmonious effect, combine colours located beside each other on the colour wheel. To create a dynamic look, choose complementary colours found directly across from one another on the wheel.
5. Failing to consider a room's function. Will you be playing, sleeping, eating or relaxing in the space to be painted? Make sure you choose your colour accordingly. Yellow, red and orange, as well as soft grey, violet, blue and green, are known to be more conducive to appetite-building, entertaining and conversation, making them good choices for the kitchen and any main-floor living space. Bright red will energize and stimulate kids in a playroom, while cooler blues have a calming, serene effect ideal for a bedroom. Golden yellows and warm apricots tend to flatter any skin tone in a bathroom.
"A change of wall colour is the best and most economical decorating tool out there," Tustin-Fuchs said. "If your room is stuck in the 1990s, you can bring it forward to 2015 just by swapping out pastel peach and moss green for a more modern palette such as turquoise blue with lime green accents. With paint, the possibilities are endless."
Still not sure what colours to choose? Get inspiration from Dulux Paints' palette of hot colours for 2015 and experiment with different colours using the Dulux Paints Colour Visualizer.
For more paint colour inspiration, check out how to decorate your home with colour.