Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Colour Your World; Don't Paint Yourself into a Corner {Ndash} Here Are the Latest Trends and Great Tips to Keep You Rolling along in the DIY Stakes

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Colour Your World; Don't Paint Yourself into a Corner {Ndash} Here Are the Latest Trends and Great Tips to Keep You Rolling along in the DIY Stakes

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Byline: Julie McGlone

MORE than any single decorating element, paint has to be the most important design component for a DIY renovator. Get the colour and texture right and everything else seems to magically fit into place.

But painting is not as easy as simply brushing it on - that's why there are people called painters and decorators who, if the budget allows, are an excellent investment for any home project manager.

Still, in these days of global economic dullness, most DIYers try to brighten up their world without the benefit of a professional hand.

To ensure your painting experiments don't end up costing more than just your sanity, we've asked the experts at market leading paint company Dulux to give us the low down on new season colours, trends and tips for a relatively painless painting experience.

Winter wonderland

ANDREA Lucena-Orr, paint whiz at Dulux Australia, says that winter is the perfect time to experiment with 'individualism' when it comes to colour.

"Individualism is the key here," says Andrea. "One can do no wrong in decoration. The more bizarre the better!"

That scary information might leave many of us with painting palpitations, but Andrea says there are plenty of guidelines to keep you on track.

"Colours for the cooler months are warming up with burnt oranges, mid browns and taupes and, of course, beiges and stone colours," she says

"You will be seeing orange with green and brown in all types of patterns and stripes.

"The environment is a large focus with many natural materials used in home decor. Colours are muddy and being used with both lighter and darker shades for a contrasting look.

"Styling is similar to the '70s, but with a more sophisticated and eclectic approach. Also, textures are very important in latest trends.

"Many fabrics and homewares display some texture and it has almost become a two-step process now- colour and texture."

Feature act

WHAT'S a room without a feature wall? Dead boring usually. Feature walls are as much a part of modern Aussie decorating as the barbie is a part of the backyard.

But be careful - how many times have we witnessed a perfectly acceptable neutral palette crashing and burning with an out of place primary colour in the wrong spot? …

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