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Do you tend to go with the latest trends in colours or do you have your own taste that you usually stick to?

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To be honest, experience has shown me that white is the way to go with wall colours. I have gone all out in the past with fashion colours that looked great "on paper" and even in a small painted area in the room, but really, for me, white is timeless and it goes with everything. Now I just agonise over the perfect shade of white for the room!
I love the idea of feature walls, particularly in a quite neutral interior. My interior is all white with a latte coloured feature wall and an ultramarine feature wall. Stick to colours which don't tend to date and you can't go wrong.
We don't do a lot of redecorating, but I tend to stick to soft yet warm, earthy colours. When we built our home I wanted to keep everything, including the colour scheme, as natural as possible, so we used organic, clay-based paints in various shades of honey-beige and cream and teamed that with natural bamboo flooring and ocean blue.

I think following trends, whether in fashion or home décor, is a big mistake, as by doing so we compromise our own individuality and self-expression. Popular trends also go out of fashion very quickly, which can be expensive in a big investment like home décor.
I love the 'Hamptons Look', so my Lounge room is done in about 2 shades of white, furniture is white, and it looks very light.
I don't use colour.... this new look, gets people saying, ''wow very nice''.
Love it myself of course, so for me colour is really kept very neutral.
Taste is a bad enemy of art. Be creative, have fun and find your own trends
Shades of blue- for the ombre effect.
I usually know what I want and the colours I like and tend to stick with those.
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