Reach for your roller: the winter colour palette

Grey is the new black and this winter it’s all about rich jewelled hues. The high street retailers’ fall/winter ranges have consisted of luxurious fabrics in deep jewel like shades, which are easily complimented with tones of grey to create a sophisticated colour palette.

Pear green is the winter palette’s alternative to lime green which has been dominating many high street retailers’ at-home collections.

Greens are at their best when used as a background or base colour and are complemented by monochromatic tones – especially grey. Bright greens are not only the reserve of modern homes, a bright green can look great in a period property with high skirting boards and distressed wide wooden floorboards.

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Plum includes everything from dark purple to dusky lavender. It’s a rich and opulent colour that will add a sense of occasion, perfect for a Christmas dining room or drawing room.

If you’reworried about using a dark shade in a small room, focus the colour on a feature wall and use variations of plum shades as accents around the room to draw the theme together.

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Teal is another jewel in the crown of this season’s winter paint colours, ranging from duck egg to dark teal and everything in-between.

This colour may be a winter trend, but it will take you all the way through to the summer. To help your rooms go from winter to summer select a mid tone teal as a base colour, accessorise and dress the room with darker, richer teals in luxurious velvets and chenilles in the winter for a cosy feel, and lighter brighter duck egg and silvers in the spring and summer.

Grey can be used softly to complement this season’s jewels. And grey doesn’t have to be boring, a hint of blue or even dusky pink can add another dimension to this otherwise colourless tone.

Another key trend this season is black and white interiors: to avoid a clinical look, add depth and interest by using a range of different tones of grey to draw the extremes of black and white together and add interest with one of this season’s gem-like hues as an accent colour.  

If you want to inject some winter style into your home in time for Christmas, post your job on RatedPeople.com and up to 3 of our painter/decorators will contact you to quote. Read the tradesmen’s reviews online and select the right tradesman for you. Once s/he has completed your job make sure you rate his/her work to help other homeowners in your local area select their perfect tradesman too.

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