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Creating a Colour Scheme

At Crown, we encourage you to be bold with colour but sometimes those lacking colour confidence need a little help, that’s why we’ve outlined a few simple rules to help you make your mark on your home. The following tips can help you create a flawless colour scheme that any interior designer would be proud of.

Rule 1 – Establish the feel and function first

It sounds simple but before even touching the masking tape decide on a clear goal for your space, do you want your room to be warm and cosy like this Bedroom in Mustard Jar, light and airy like this Living Room in Mellow Sage and Botanical Extract or decadent and indulgent like this Dining Room in English Fire and Soft Ochre.

Once you’ve decided then you’ll have determined your frame of reference for colours, don’t stray too far from what you know will work to achieve your goal for the room.

Rule 2 – The golden ratio – 70%, 20%, 10%

Once you have your goal, the simplest colour schemes are made up of three colours, so pick three; one main colour and two accents, they break down into:
Dominant colour (70%) – Roughly 70% of the space of any given room should be given to the dominant colour, neutrals and more tonal colours are better for the dominant colour as this should be used for the walls.
Secondary colour (30%) – The secondary colour should be given 30% of the space in the room, choose a colour which traditionally complements your dominant colour and then apply to highlight areas such as coving and key pieces of furniture. The Secondary colour is also traditionally used for curtains and bedding in bedrooms.
Accent Colour (10%) – Finally the accent colour should be found in only 10% of the room. Accent colours should be as bright, bold, textured or metallic as you dare. The accent colour should create little pops of colour in the room and can be easily incorporated in soft furnishings, ornaments and plants.
You can see this work perfectly in this Bedroom the dominant colour is Cover Story the secondary Soft Shadow and the accent is the orange you can see in the curtains and soft furnishings. And don’t forget you can order samples from to help you decide on your scheme.
And there you have it, just two simple steps to help you create a beautifully finished room anywhere in your home.

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Every year Notting Hill Carnival brings West London to life, thanks to the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival. Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the carnival promises everything from delicious West-Indian cuisine to colourful headdresses and parades.

When we think of carnivals, we think of the colour, energy and joy they bring. With the vibrancy that inspires happiness and excitement, why not let go of your inhibitions and bring the party to your interiors?

Accessories are a great way to bring the carnival spirit into your home, these cushions are ideal for introducing sparks of refreshing greens and vibrant yellows. Alternatively, try out these colourful tealight candles to subtly mimic the metallic carnival style.

Another fantastic way you can bring the party into your home is by using colours from our Feature Wall range to introduce stunning shades that pop. Perfect for those who are daring with colour, create unique, on-trend space using Cuban Heat with Lime Green matt emulsion.

To learn more on the Notting Hill Carnival please click here or for interior inspiration, visit the Crown Paints Pinterest page here.

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If you fancy adding an extra touch of personality to interiors, try livening up walls with a stunning feature wall. Whether you’re bold with colour, or love the subtle approach, Crown Paints has a colour combination for you.

For those daring with colour
If you love nothing more than creating interiors that stand out, this is an idea perfect for you, Just follow our three simple steps:

Step 1: Draw your shape
Take a pencil to mark the outline on walls. For circles, use a pin and string to help achieve an even and symmetrical finish.

Step 2: Choose your colour and paint
To create a look similar to the photo, choose Chartreuse Mix – one of ten vibrant shades from our Feature Wall range. To view the full range of colours, please click here.

Step 3: Mask your wall and paint again

After waiting for the circle to dry, use strips of masking tape to create the cross. After this, simply paint between the two strips of masking tape using Scrumptious to create perfect lines on your feature wall.

For a video tutorial on how to achieve this look, head to our YouTube channel here

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If your New Year’s resolution includes refreshing your interiors, why not kick start your decorating project by entering our second paint giveaway of 2014.

Our New Year, New Room, #LoveNeutrals competition gives you the chance to win a match pot of Sandcastle, SnowDrop, Healthcliffe’s Castle, Winterbloom or Soft Ochre – shades taken from this week’s competition palette.

The prize, although small, is designed to spark interior inspiration and it’s up to you how you use it. You may decide to use it to kick start choosing a shade for your room or to add a flash of colour to accessories and furniture – either way it’s all about self expression.

Why not check out our new video on YouTube for ideas on how to decorate a room for a toddler or for inspirational images head over to our Pinterest page.

For your chance to enter our ‘New Year, New Room’ giveaway, head on over to our Twitter and Pinterest pages. – Competition starts Monday 27th January.

Full terms and conditions are listed below:
1. This Promotion will be held by Crown Paints Ltd (company number 06624576), whose registered address is PO Box 37 Crown House, Hollins Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 0BG (“Crown Paints”). By entering into this promotion, you agree to be bound by the following terms.

2. This promotion does not have a connection with Pinterest or Twitter in any way and is not sponsored, supported or organised by Pinterest or Twitter. The recipient of the information provided by you is not Pinterest or Twitter, but Crown Paints.

3. The prizes that are available to be won are: Match pots available in; 4x Sandcastle, 4x Snowdrop, 4x Healthcliff’s Castle, 4x Winterbloom and 4x Soft Orche. 20 x winners will be chosen at random on Friday 31st January 2014. (10 on Pinterest and 10 on Twitter) The overall competition closes at 5pm on Friday 31th January 2014 and all entries received after this date will not be accepted.

4. To participate in this promotion, you must be: (a) a UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry. Prizes can only be dispatched to UK mainland addresses.

5. Only one entry per person. By retweeting and replying on Twitter, or re-pinning and replying to the specified pin on Pinterest, you will automatically be entered into the Promotion. If you do not wish to be entered in the Promotion, then please do not re-tweet / repin the competition post(s).

6. Crown Paints reserves the right to allocate a winner’s prize to the next randomly drawn person if they have not been able to make direct contact with a winner within 10 days of sending a direct message.

7. The match pot colours / prizes cannot be chosen by winners. By entering you agree to win prize at random (prizes stated in point 3).

8. The prize will not be transferable to another person, exchangeable or for re-sale. There is no cash alternative to any prizes.

9. Crown Paints will use reasonable endeavors to send prizes within 30 working days of the closing date.

10. Crown Paints reserves the right to exclude any participant in this promotion or withhold any prize where it reasonably believes there has been a breach of any of these terms, and to terminate the competition at any time, at its absolute discretion and no correspondence will be entered into. The decision of Crown Paints is final.

11. Crown Paints excludes all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied and any liability for any direct or indirect loss or damage incurred by any participant in connection with this promotion (to the fullest extent permitted by law) – this shall not be deemed to exclude or restrict liability for death or personal injury resulting from the negligence of Crown Paints, or its employees or agents.

12. This promotion is subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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