Thursday, December 23, 2010
Dulux "Mirage" Palette for 2011
In a year when yellow is the colour to watch -- yellow greens, acidic citrus shades, old gold for the favored neutral, oranges and orange reds for the favoured warm shades -- what do you do with blue?
You paint your walls with it, in many cases. Blue is literally the most popular colour in the world, with 40% of people worldwide choosing it as their favourite colour.
What's more, blue is soothing and restful on walls. In a child's room, it helps the little ones settle down from an exciting day. In your bedroom, it helps you sleep. In an office, it encourages calm, focused work. Blue will be one of the colours people ask for most at Courtney & Wise in 2011, we're sure.
So if you love blue, does that mean that you have to ignore the colour trends and go with the same shade you've always used? By no means.
This year's blues are warmer than they have been for some time. With more yellow in them, so they'll look well with the old golds and spice shades that you'll find tempting you in artwork and decorative accents this fall.
A soft shade like Pauley will provide a backdrop for a living room that can handle either the antique chic look you're seeing in magazines now, or a traditional or contemporary living room suite that asks you to put your feet up and relax.
Clear tones like Gondolier or True Blue are welcoming in a kitchen or bath, while Wild Clary is a sweet colour for a nursery or playroom.
Don't miss the green blues, either. Trail Blazer or Go Alpha will look fresh and new with the berries and spice colours designers love this year, but they're also dramatic with neutrals.
You can have your blue, and be trendy, too.
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