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Colour Trends For 2017

Posted by Adrian
December 1st, 2016

Colour Trends For 2017

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have again come up with what they think the upcoming trends for colour for 2017 will be, through their international research they have selected a range of colours they think will be in trend throughout 2017, this year it consists of a interesting contrast between bolder, more striking colours and a selection of muted, lighter shades.

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What Is To Colour For 2017

The colour of the year 2017 is…… 87BG 27/077 (also known as Denim Drift).

“Our review of international architecture, fashion and design trends revealed that blue is the colour of the moment. To make it relevant for your home, the team chose a blue that works as well in a kitchen as it does in a bedroom. Denim Drift, is the must-have colour for 2017. It will look great on your wall!”

Quote from Heleen van Gent Creative Director Dulux’s Global Aesthetics Center.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:
Dulux Trade website or here:
https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/colour-futures-2017.

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Colour trends for 2015

Posted by Adrian
December 16th, 2014

Colour trends for 2015

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have come up with the upcoming trends for colour for 2015, through their international research they have selected a range of colours they think will be in trend throughout 2015, and have picked a dominant colour for the year.

Colour palettes and colour trends for 2015

“2015 is about that added refinement: putting the + into the everyday.”

“Everyday + Finding the wonderful in the normal”

Quote from ColourFutures™

As a paint translation of this trend, our research all points to this orangey copper tone. Great on its own, the colour also combines perfectly with pinks, neutrals, whites and other orange hues, as well as metallic colours such as gold.

The theme consists of the following five colour palettes and colour moods:

  • Big nature + small me
  • Layer + layer
  • + unseen spaces
  • Him + her
  • Friendly Barter +

Swatch 50YR 36/263

What is to colour for 2015

The colour of the year 2015 is……. 50YR 36/263 (also known as Copper orange).

“It reflects and complements all of the major trends that we have identified for 2015: a warmth in attitude and a renewed emphasis on sharing; the natural palette of the earth, from clay tones to sunlit highlights of yellow; the skin tones that reflect human interaction and the sepia hues of the past.
It is a colour of depth and currency that combines wonderfully with the everyday”

Quote from ColourFutures™

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:
Dulux Trade website or here:
http://www.colourfutures.com and download the Colour Futures book(PDF).

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If you would like to use the colour of the year (50YR 36/263) or any other colour you need to buy and need to work out how much you need to buy, use our FREE Paint Calculator.

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Feature Walls : How To paint a feature wall

Posted by Adrian
January 14th, 2014

Feature Walls : How To paint a feature wall

Feature walls have become very popular in recent years, they are a great way of giving a room a new look without the expense of changing everything in a room or completely redecorating. Simply by re-painting the feature wall can transform the look of a room. You can also follow the latest trends simply by re-decorating the feature wall.

Feature walls can be painted or wallpapered, it is personal choice and it will depend on the type of look you are going for.

Sometimes a feature all is called an accent wall, but they are both the same thing.

Deciding on paint for a feature wall

Deciding on what colour paint to buy for a feature wall will be determined by how the remaining walls have been decorated, typically a contrasting colour is used. But if the other walls have been wallpapered you can pick a colour from the paper to use as the feature wall colour.

Once you have decided on the colour for your feature wall you can buy the paint, you can buy ‘Feature Wall’ paint, this is just over a litre in size and should be enough to paint one wall. You don’t have to go this route, you can buy any colour in any sized can of paint. You could even use leftover paint if it suits your needs.

If you are unsure how much paint you will require for your feature wall, give our paint calculator a go, simply fill in the required figures and hit the calculate button and you will be told how many litres you need to by for your given area.

Painting a feature wall

To paint your feature wall, you can either mask the adjoining walls, skirting and ceiling with low tack masking tape, then cut in with a brush around the edge of the feature wall, just overlapping the masking tape but being careful not to paint any other surface. The use a roller to fill in the main wall area. By using masking tape you should achieve a straight line.

If you are confident in cutting in you can cut in without masking up. Cutting in is the term used whereby you use a paintbrush to go up to an adjoining surface, be it a wall, ceiling or skirting boards.

Once you have cut in or painted up to the masking tape and painted the first coat onto your feature wall, allow the paint to fully dry before applying a second coat. When you have painted the second coat you can remove the masking tape, if you used any.

Making a statement

By painting a feature wall you are making a statement, and making this one wall the focal point of a room. You may want to do this to highlight some pictures that are hanging on the wall, you maybe make a fireplace the focus of the room or simply it can give orientation to a room.

Whatever the reason for painting a feature wall, it can quickly and easily transform any room and give a focal point to an area of a room.

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