Reimagine your space with paint this Spring
By Katherine Arundel
Image: Purple room from the PARA Forecast Palette
(NC)—The winter months are dark and dreary and many of us crave colour as spring awakens. The least expensive way to brighten up the home is with a simple can of paint. A fresh coat, a bright accent wall or a new paint treatment – all of these can help us physically and psychologically brush out winter and welcome spring.
The daunting task of selecting a colour scheme without the help of a professional designer can be overwhelming. More paint companies are going that extra step to offer consumers tools to help them make coordinated choices. For the tech-savvy DIY-er, there are mobile apps which can help with “visioning” a room. For those who are a little more low-fi and enjoy a trip to the local paint dealer, Canadian-based Para Paints has recently launched its ColourSquare tool as part of its 2013 Colour Forecast Palette. The tool is a simple cut out, designed to help even the most inexperienced decorator choose the right palette of complementary hues. With the only full-size chips on the market, Para is making decorator choices easier than ever.
One trick that designers often use to develop a room's colour scheme is to start with a piece of art, or fabric and use that as the jumping-off point. While some may want bold colours on their walls, others may choose to bring a neutral room to life with the help of a bright accent wall, or pops of colour in accent pillows, rugs and art. Keep in mind that the paint colour you select will set the mood of the room. However, at the end of the day no one knows your design preferences better than you – so have fun, take chances and remember if it doesn't work out you can always repaint it!
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