Shades of colour

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The great thing about colour is that you you can play around with different shades of the same colour group.  Here are two examples of using a colour in different tones (light & dark) that make a fabulous statement.

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This nursery has a beautiful colour palette and it is very gender neutral.  You could add a touch of pink as they have done or a little more blue.  The graduated colour looks amazing on the drawers.

Martha Stewart


I LOVE these stairs…. They were featured on Martha’s website and I fell head over heels.  I really hope to be able to do this for a client one day as I dont have a staircase {if I did, I would have painted them like this in a heartbeat}.

Rule of thumb is to work out how many colours you need (as in 5 drawers or group together 2 rails each). Then pick a colour family (say greens or blues etc) and most colours will have enough tones from lightest to dark.  Dulux paint is a great choice for a project like this because most of their colours have 9 shades. I would also recommend buying the sample pots if you don’t need a gloss finish.


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