Last Updated May 31, 2010 · Written by Craig Gibson
By Jaclyn Fitzgerald
Thinking of repainting your home but not quite sure what colours or finishes to use? Well, we’ve spoken to Andrea Lucena-Orr, the Colour and Communication Manager at Dulux to get the lowdown on all the hot colours, trends and special paint finishes for the winter season and the upcoming summer season. Your key to a beautiful home lies here!
For winter, think warm rich colours. Colours such as mid-browns, stones, golds, yellow-greens, beiges and rich burnt colours will bring a real feeling of warmth into the home. For summer, the colours turn brighter, with fresh greens and blues coming into vogue. Feeling a bit nervous about following the seasonal trends? There’s no need to worry. Lucena-Orr says that “whites and beiges will also be seen – these tend to be forever in vogue!”
There are also some new textures and finishes in fashion. Lucena-Orr explains.
Looking for an easy way to update the look of your home without having to completely repaint? Lucena-Orr has some recommendations.
“Within the home, a feature wall is an easy update. Adding another colour to a room can change the total feel of that room and space.
“Also, for the exterior, this works just as well! A feature wall in a courtyard or painting a back fence looks great. A rendered wall can look wonderful in an entertaining area outside, too.”
“Textures are forever in fashion in regards to the outdoors. Any textured rendered wall is popular outside, especially in regards to the earthy browns, greens and stones.”
Lucena-Orr says that there are advantages in using a Colour Consultant or design professional when selecting colours for the home.
“There are so many options when choosing a colour scheme for your home. The great thing about using a professional is that you will still get the colours you want; however, they will open up your mindset on what is available and what will work with your existing furnishings – or new, if that’s the case!
“Also, they understand the importance of lighting in regards to colour. The light can completely change a colour from room to room and especially from inside to outside.
“Using a professional makes complete financial sense; it will save enormous amounts of time and is a very important investment. There’s nothing worse than seeing a client who has had their house painted, however, don’t like the colours they have chosen!”
A professional painter will also make a huge difference. Lucena-Orr says that “time poor customers really appreciate fine work and especially understand that a good paint job is in the preparation. If a DIYer is not prepared to put the time and effort into the preparation, they should definitely hire a professional.”