colours

Click on coloured squares to see a painted piece of furniture

Anchor grey
Anchor Grey


Arbor Brown
Arbor Brown


Blue Blazer
Blue Blazer


Chive
Chive


Cloudy Day
Cloudy Day


Driftwood
Driftwood


French Lavendar
French Lavender


Medieval
Medieval


Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit


Rust
Rust


Tamarind
Tamarind


True Blue
True Blue


antique white
Antique White


creme brule
Crème Brûlée


golden harvest
Golden Harvest


eraser pink
Perfect Pink


robin egg
Robin Egg


black berry
Grape


grape
Purple Haze


water drop
Water Drop


Evening sky
Evening Sky


aged port
Aged Port


forest shadow
Forest Shadow


charcoal
Charcoal



Khaki


lichen
Lichen


Narvik Blue
Narvik Blue


pea soup
Pea Soup


pumpkin
Pumpkin


red flag
Red Flag


Teal
Teal


Black
Black


asphalt
Asphalt


raspberry
Raspberry


cottage brown
Cottage Brown


white
White



Cottage White



Crimson Red



Beechwood



Bimini



Black Hawk



Country Manor



Dragon Fruit



Espresso



Sunflower



Martini Olive



Naples



Pacific Blue



Sea Turtle



Turquoise



inspirations

You have prepared your piece, now comes the fun part - choosing the colour.

Need help!

Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice.

 

 

 

There are lots of things to consider when choosing the color for your furniture piece. You can simply use one or a few of the following tips to help you come up with the best colour selection. Consult your better half. On second thought ......maybe not! It is my experience most of the male population have a difficult time painting over natural wood. I think it is a primal calling to keep everything 'Au naturel'. Or it's the basic belief that if it is not broken don’t fix it. You can reassure him that the furniture can simply be painted in the room in which it resides because there is no sanding, no dust and no odor and therefore no participation required on his behalf. Ah!.. that should do it! Go ahead and paint.
Consider the type and style of room. In a child`s bedroom the colours can be fun, bright and playful. In a living-room, the colours should compliment or blend with the colour pallet of the room to maintain a peaceful and relaxed feel.
Choose a colour from a piece of fabric. Whether it be a new or old decorative pillow or rug, curtains, upholstery, bedding, shower curtain, towels or even your favourite dress. All these prints can be used to create your personal colour pallet. The combinations of colours found in these prints, pleased you when you initially purchased them, so use them to help you choose your colour.
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Choose a colour scheme from your garden.
Take a walk outside and see what amazing colours you find in your backyard or at the local garden center. A garden can have beautiful colour combinations that you have walked by year after year. These colours can be easily incorporated into your home to create a fresh new look.
Items you treasure in your home.
This is a tea service my mother (at age 14) decorated with gold when she worked in the Potteries, in Stoke-on-Trent, England. I will treasure it forever and love the beautiful fresh colours used in the flowers. Decorative china has wonderful colour combinations as well.
Group items from your room.
Items that already decorate the room in which the furniture will reside, is a good place to start understanding your preferred colours. Group these items together and the obvious colour combinations will stand out .
Your favourite place.
I love going to the beach. The soft sand and cool water colours are soothing. Warm winds and the hot sun along with the sound of lapping water and the occasional bird call. Using these subtle tone-on-tones will create tranquil thoughts as you sit and admire the masterpiece you’ve created.
Colours From Afar.
Choose different colour variations you experienced while you were on vacation. Keep your memories alive by using colour choices from far away destinations. This was a telephone booth I saw on our trip to England. I had to take a picture because I could not believe it was still in use. I love painting furniture with Crimson red.
Your favourite piece of Art.
Have a favourite piece of art that you find peaceful or pleasing to look at. Use the most predominant colours in the art work to help you find colours you are comfortable with. Be careful with the strength of the colours as they are small samples in the art work and could be over-powering on a large piece of furniture.
What can you do, if you're not quite happy with the colour? If you want to alter the colour slightly, simply dry brush or wash another tone on top. If you have extra paint you can mix another colour to make it a little darker / lighter / greener / bluer etc. Then apply another coat. All is not lost and furniture surfaces are small, so just keep painting until you’re happy.


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