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The kitchen is often the heart of the home, there is always lots going and it becomes the central gathering place at parties and celebrations, especially if there is food involved!

Bold colours or sterile whites are common choices for kitchen décor to either offset or match appliances. However, a more neutral colour palette can also work really well, especially in Kitchens which are high traffic areas where using neutral colours can help create a calm area, and a great space for people to de-compress on their way in or out of the house.

This kitchen uses Soft Steel for the walls and Rum & Raisin for the cupboards both in Kitchen & Bathroom matt emulsion.  The combination uses softer tones and a neutral colour palette to offer the perfect stage for other statement decorative elements, without losing any warmth from the room. The illusion of the metallic tiles, painted in Sophistication and Millionaire from the metallic range also help to add interest to the space without undermining the neutral tone.

This kitchen is an example of how a neutral colour palette can work to compliment a more traditional room. The wood features offer a homely feel and help to tie the room together, whereas the more neutral wall colours painted in Spotlight matt emulsion, keep the room feeling fresh and both work together to create a calming atmosphere.

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Pastels are a very versatile décor option. Choosing a pastel theme when re-designing or re-decorating a room offers multiple colour scheme, furnishing and dressing options.

Because of its versatility a pastel décor theme can be achieved in a number of different ways depending on your taste; pastels work well in both vintage and modern inspired environments, can be easily incorporated into ultra-feminine spaces or included to add some softness and interest to bold more masculine rooms.

This hallway uses a pastel base to give the room a feel of classic femininity without being over powering. Honey Fever, the apricot colour of the walls offers the perfect staging for the floral decorative elements and the use of the more neutral High Line supports the main colour whilst preventing it from being over powering.  Samples of this colour scheme are available to order here:

This hallway on the other hand is an example of using a pastel palette in a cooler space to offer a more modern feel. The warm tones of the cream Water Chestnut work well to support the cooler green Botanical Extract making the space welcoming and homely without losing its fresh feel. This colour scheme is available to order here:

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Making the most of your space

Cleverly using paint can help make the most of small or cramped spaces in your home.

For starters a simple and well known rule is to use light and more neutral colours to add the illusion of space. Key neutral colours from Crown’s latest emulsion colours such as Clay White and Grey Putty work really well together in a small space and help make the most of natural light as you can see below.

Clay White and Grey Putty

A key tip is to use paint to draw the eye upwards, as this will automatically make the room feel larger. This can be done in a number of ways; by only painting your wall colour 3 quarters of the way up the wall then starting on the ceiling colour it will draw the eye upwards, making the ceiling appear higher and the room larger you can see this done here using Cloud Burst and Botanical Extract.

Cloud Burst and Botanical Extract

Another way to draw the eye upwards is to incorporate a small and simple pattern into the top section of the room where the wall meets the ceiling. The pattern will blend the sections together and trick the eye into thinking the walls go on for much longer than they actually do, you can see this done here with Slate Grey  and a simple chevron pattern.

Slate Grey and a simple chevron pattern

And finally once you’ve made the most of your space with paint don’t forget to colour co-ordinate some of your furniture and ornaments with your wall colour, as this well help the space feel less closed in and cluttered. You can order tester pots and paint samples of all these colours from;

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With Christmas just a few weeks away, it’s time to find inspiration and prepare your home for the festive season.

With a wide range of colours to choose from, you can upgrade interiors with beautiful Christmas greens like Easy Peasy and Pot Plant, as well as stunning jewel shades such as Satin Jade and Cool Aqua – all perfect for transforming a home ready for yuletide entertaining.

Ideal for those who love an alternative Christmas colour scheme, try teaming sultry purples with hues of blue and reflective silvers to help capture the essence of shimmering minerals and metals.

This look will not only leave rooms looking great at Christmas, but also when the decorations come down too.

For more inspiration, check out our ‘Christmas Ideas’ Pinterest board which is full of cool ideas, great for any home or to see our wide range of colours, head to the Crown Paints website by clicking here

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