Mistakes cane be easily avoided if you use colour common sense when decorating your home. Mistakes cane be easily avoided if you use colour common sense when decorating your home.

*Colour is very powerful. If in doubt, start a couple of shades lighter.

*Colour behaves differently in different rooms and when next to other colours. Try out tester paintpots first – they are a small price to pay for getting it right.

*Different shades, tones and tints can clash terribly, so try and get a sense of what colours mix well together by testing them out.

*Other members of the household may have colour sensitivities very different from yours. Make sure everyone has a place where they feel at ease.

*As a rule, try to avoid dynamic colours for tranquil spaces, and soporific shades where you need focused thought and action.

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