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Add some colour to your walls

Update : 18 Apr 2013, 02:29 PM


Chances are, if you go to any house or apartment, the walls will be painted either white or a some shade of off-white, i.e. cream. Occasionally you will see grey, or if it’s the home of someone with a bit of adventure, bright red or orange.

Well, these are what I call safe colours, shades that we are accustomed to seeing. They are easy to blend with furniture and accessories, and they are soothing to the eye as per regular convention. But frankly speaking, they are what I call “expected” colours.

And then there are dark navy blues, dark chocolate browns, burnt ochers and whatnot. These colours challenge the expected, and throw open and inspire the creativity of the owners of the space.

So, try some colours. However, do remember that working with colours is a balancing act. You don’t want your room to look like a dungeon, soaked in darkness. You can limit those daring shades to just one accent wall, keeping the rest of the walls in one of those safer colours of choice. Remember too that colours have groups. Grey will not look good with brown, but a primary colour such as red complements it perfectly. Similarly, navy blue usually does not go well with pastel cream or dark off-white shades. The best way to get a feel of what will look best on your walls is to buy sample tins of paint and apply small blocks on each wall. Let your imagination do the rest of the decision-making.

Nowadays, you don’t even need to confine yourself to solid colours. All the reputed paint makers have different textures and patterns that they can execute. Wallpapers have also become available, though in limited variety, at certain stores that sell curtains or furniture.

The choices are many. Take advantage.

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