“Berger” one of Australia’s leading paint brands continues to find greys and reds are clear favourite colour choices when painting either the inside or the outside of your home.
Berger has a wide selection of colours to choose from but these continue to come up trumps.
Colours such as Cabinet Grey, Flirty, Press Release, Shaded Lane, Sparkling Red, Octavius Oak and Red Hot Poker remain in Berger’s top 20 selected colours and have done for the past few months.
Lisa Christie, Colour Consultant from Inspirations Paint & Colour, has many tips for incorporating greys and reds into your next painting project.
“The combination of Greys and Reds is magic!” Christie says.
The colour grey, especially the darker shades, gives a room great depth. Remember that grey is a neutral colour and will go with most colours easily. If your room is south facing, be careful with pale greys, as they can be cold and gloomy especially if there’s no sunshine in the space.
Combined with grey, red is a great accent colour. Reds need to be used carefully though, if you don’t think the room can use a splash of red, use it in your furnishings or opt to paint the smallest wall in the room to ensure it’s not to over powering. Try Berger “Red Hot Poker” a great colour that does all the things a good red should do.
The greys popularity has been linked to the continued hangover from the global financial crisis resulting in a period of uncertainty. This insecure period is reflected in a new sense of design: a more pared down aesthetic rule, which has lead to maintaining or buying products of vintage that will endure the test of time.
Incorporate reds, there’s no better way to celebrate the past and keep old traditions alive when reviving old objects and creating new masterpieces.
How to: Choose the right colour for your home
Looking at paint sales and international trend forecasting for colour trends is always a good place to start, but it is important to adapt these findings to your own painting project for optimum results.
Berger has some handy hints to assist in choosing colour:
• Review the existing colour scheme of your home and identify colours that you want to keep – a home makeover doesn’t always require a complete overhaul; you can update your colour scheme whilst keeping some existing elements
• Research classic colour schemes for the heritage of home and incorporate colours accordingly
• Find an item of inspiration – Lisa Christie says: “You may start by finding a curtain, bed cover or upholstery fabric that you like and the colours in the fabric will lead you into a scheme, or it might be a painting or a piece of furniture that sparks your imagination.”
• Remember that when you first see the bare walls painted in a bold colour they may appear strong, even overwhelming, but as soon as you have added carpets, furniture, pictures, lights and soft furnishings to the room, the effect will be dramatically reduced
• Need help? Engaging a colour consultant is money well spent in the colour choosing process. Visit www.colourconsult.com.au for more information.
Most importantly, Christie says, “Colour in the form of paint is the most inexpensive and the most high impact decorating tool available to you.”