Spring Inspirations

Freshen up the look of your home with some fresh spring ideas!  


Exterior Schemes


Lean towards a more textured monotone colour palette a mix of timber surfaces. Try stained natural timber, or painted timber weatherboards happily sitting alongside industrial masonry finishes of concrete and stone tiles; softened by the natural timber tones and clever garden elements adding to the overall effect. A recent fabulous find I‘m loving is a new stain from Intergrain which creates a charred timber look when applied to natural timber panelling – great for entries.


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Gorgeous greys in assorted undertones of taupe/beige, green, mauve/pink, and blue greys are stunning main wall colours, with trims accented with a well chosen white which is not too stark – generally with a grey tinted undertone. These selections once coupled with a dark accent colour in a dramatic charcoal, burnished blacks, inky blue or deep green create a sophisticated, well layered exterior colour scheme.


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A Few Suggestions: Dulux Tranquil Retreat, Silkwort, Dieskau or Grey Pail with White on White, Lexicon or Natural White trim. Add a dark monotone accent with colours Ticking, Domino or Grid.


Don’t underestimate the impact of the front door which can introduce your interior colour scheme. From Dulux, take a look at Topelo Honey, Esplanade and Porpoise Place.

From Berger take a look at Blue Dimension or Sir Eric. From Haymes take a look at Viking Green, Thunder Bay, or Dark Admiralty Grey


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Interior Schemes

 

New buildings are more architectural and industrial in both style and finishes. Interiors are blended versions of Italian furniture, scandi timber pieces, industrial light fittings, stone tops coupled with black metal or copper accents, and are softened with interior plants and the right colour scheme. In some ways, the interiors are similar to exteriors with a balance between smooth plaster, timber and textured finishes. 


Schemes consist of one main neutral colour throughout, with the use of a feature colour/colours on key walls or special rooms like the master bedroom, living room, dining room, or theatre room. The key is finding the right neutral tone to use throughout. Whites and Neutrals come in many shades/hues and tones depending on the base colour. It basically comes down to the overall effect you are wanting to achieve.  


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Dulux have made the process easier with their 'most loved whites and neutrals' catalogue with gorgeous neutral colours, Lexicon (full, half and quarter strength), Casper White (quarter), White Exchange (half) and Snowy Mountains (half). You can then couple the neutral tones with an inspirational colour burst feature wall, or cabinetry for added impact.


A fireplace wall in a dramatic dark toned grey or blue is a great way to evoke an intimate meeting place. Featuring cabinetry in the kitchen or laundry in smoky, moody dark tones adds instant interest to an otherwise utilitarian space. Featuring an entire room such as a bedroom with moody blue, green tone or peachy blush tinge lifts the area to something special; an escape.      


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Dulux, Berger and Haymes all offer a simply gorgeous range of colour tones to select from – you’ll be spoilt for choice! With so many choices, do not feel overwhelmed – come in and speak to a professional at one of our Inspirations Paint stores for step by step assistance in the selection process.


Happy Painting!

Karen

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