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There is nothing quite like colour to establish mood

Whether calming or dramatic, the perfect paint colours for your personal space should look good and feel good too.

While neutral walls make it easier to play with different colours in accessories, they can also be boring. With some basic understanding of the colour wheel, you can confidently commit to leaving drab walls behind.

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One half of the colour wheel is warm the other cool. The interplay of both with paint and décor is a sure-fire way to create natural harmony in any space.

Analagous colours, the neighboring hues on one half of the wheel, work together to create harmony. Choose one hue as the main wall colour and layer in the others with furnishings and accessories. Varying the value and intensity of each hue will establish how soothing or dynamic the mood.

Complementary colours are those opposite one another on the wheel. Combined in the same room they are invigorating. For less excitement, tone down the intensity of one or both of the hues and introduce natural materials and textures for a break.

Rich purple on a staircase wall is more dynamic paired with hot pink. Black and white photographs play up the intensity.

Rich purple on a staircase wall is more dynamic paired with hot pink. Black and white photographs play up the intensity.

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Walls: Plum Martini CSP-540, Aura®, Eggshell
Trim: Stoneware CSP-245, Aura®, Semi-Gloss

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A blue wall of shelves paired with a rich coral rug brings energy to this living space.

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Bookcase: Lucerne AF-530, ADVANCE®, Semi-Gloss
Back of shelves: Exhale AF-515, Regal® Select
Matte Door: Soot 2129-20, Aura® Grand Entrance®, Satin

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Painting furniture is a low-commitment way to bring bold impact to a neutral room without too much effort or cost.

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Walls: Distant Gray 2124-70, Aura®
Matte Dresser: Wasabi AF-430, ADVANCE®, Pearl.

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