Now is the perfect time to give your home a colour refresh. With warm weather approaching and entertaining season almost here, freshen up of your living spaces or guest bedrooms and ensure you are ready for the holiday season. Whether you are going to tackle just one room, or an entire house, here are some useful tips to get you on track to creating a perfectly decorated space.

WHAT COLOURS SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY ROOM?

Choosing a paint colour for your room is your most important decorating decision. Look at the aspect of your room and whether it is full of natural light, or darker and needing some warmth. This will determine the best type of colour to use. As a rule of thumb, use warm based colours in cool rooms, and cool colours in warm, light filled rooms.

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HOW DO I KNOW WHAT COLOURS ARE COOL OR WARM?

The Colour Wheel is an easy to use tool to choose the right colour for your home. It will show you the difference between warm colours and cool colours. Warm colours are reds, oranges, yellow and red violets. Cool colours are blues, greens and blue violets. This is the perfect starting point to putting together your colour scheme.

HOW DO I PUT TOGETHER A COLOUR SCHEME?

An easy way to put together a colour scheme is by using a colour wheel as a guide. There are a number of schemes you can put together:

1. MONOCHROMATIC

Uses darker and lighter tones of the same colour. For example, deep Moody blue through to subtle off white with just a hint of blue.

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2. ANALOGOUS

Use 2-3 colours that sit beside each other on the Colour Wheel such as Green, Yellow and Orange.

3. COMPLIMENTARY

Use colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. For example, Blue and Orange or Pink and Green. You can use these colours as accessory and accent colours to add life to a neutral scheme.

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WHAT COLOURS CAN I USE TO MAKE A  ROOM LOOK BIGGER?

To make a room feel bigger, try and choose a wall colour that has a cool undertone. Lighter shades are best. This will make the walls appear to recede. Try not to add in too many additional colours and ensure that you use a shade of white on the ceiling.

HOW DO I PUT TOGETHER A MOOD BOARD?

It is easy to put together a Mood Board for your home. Simply pick up a copy of the Paint Place Design Files which include a step by step Mood Board Kit to select the perfect colour scheme. Find images of rooms you love and furniture and accessories that you want to use in your room. Add them all onto your Mood Board.

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HOW CAN I TEST MY PAINT COLOUR?

It is important to test out a paint colour before using it. Decide which colour/s you want to use in your room and get your local Paint Place store to tint your free Sample Pot. Paint a large sample onto paper and hang it on your wall to see if the colour will work in your room.

WHAT COLOURS ARE POPULAR FOR INTERIORS IN 2017?

1) Blush- shades of blush such as New Look Samoan Sand

2) Deep Blues- such as New Look Blue Hour

3) Greys- soft Greys such as New Look Loft

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HOW DO I FINISH AND STYLE MY ROOM?

To finish and a style your room, look at adding layers of texture and pattern through cushions, rugs, throws and artwork. These will bring your room to life. Ensure there are visual focal points in your room such as the coffee table, mantle or couch. Then add in the final touch with fresh flowers or foliage.

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