Collective Passion - The Spring/Summer 2013 Trend Palette
The sky and the ocean are so beautiful because they are never a single blue. Here blended horizontal panels of colour create the same inspiring effect. To get the best results, choose colours of a similar hue that differ slightly in tone. For the blue wall shown above we used Bermuda Cocktail 2 and Sapphire Springs 3.
These shades embody the beauty of the sky and the ocean so the technique visualizes how when the two meet they are never a single blue.
Interiors that fizz with life and clean crisp colour are a joy to be in, especially when the light is good and the sun is shining. To retain the energy at night, try a bit of LED colour lighting too.
Be creative with combinations of different colours on the same wall to add interest to long corridors and open plan living spaces. Pure white furniture a, flooring and ceilings cleanse the visual palette without removing one once of fun.
How to create the look yourself
"A key look of the Collective Passion palette is ombre - a beautiful technique of blending two colours together to create a stunning dip-dye effect that can become the focal point of any room." Marianne Shillingford, Dulux Creative Director
- Spirit level
- Tape measure
- 2 x Paint rollers or 2 x 3inch emulsion brushes
- Small brush for painting the edges
- Dust sheet
- Use a spirit level and a bit of chalk to mark the wall where you want the two colours to blend.
- Use a small brush and paint in the edges neatly before filling in the large areas with a roller or 3" Perfect Finish emulsion brush.
- Always start from the top of the room and work down, so if there are any drips you'll be able to paint them out as you go.
- When you get to the chalk line with the first colour, just let the roller or brush run out of paint along the line so you have a lovely uneven feathered edge.
- Start the next colour along the line just beneath and work upwards into the first colour to get the ombre effect, then carry this colour down to the skirting or floor.
- Once both colours are dry, you can work on the blended line with one or both of the paint rollers and to make it easier don't apply too much pressure or have too much paint on them.
- Try blending 3 colours together too and if you have a big area to cover, it's much easier and more fun if you have a friend to help you.
Here's a really effective easy technique that allows you to layer colours together on the same wall. It's perfect for making corridors and open plan living areas much more creative and inspiring spaces to be in.
- Choose closely connected harmonious colours for the best results. In this corridor we used Bongo Jazz 1 and Rock Candy 2
- Paint the first colour onto the wall and allow for an overlap of about 30 cm between this and the second colour.
- Use a plumb-line to make sure that you get perfectly vertical straight lines between the colours.
- Unwind as much string as you need to allow the plumb line to hang almost to the floor then stick the top of the line of string to the top of the wall with masking tape. The metal weight will then create the perfect vertical line for you to follow.
- Carefully follow the line of string with masking tape and gently rub your hand over the surface to make sure that the edges are well stuck down. Use special decorators low tack masking tape for this job or you run the risk of pulling off the base coat when you remove it.
- Place three strips side by side and then remove the middle one.
- Paint over the stripe with vertical strokes and then carry on along the wall or until you want to start another colour.
- If you need to apply a second coat, do this before removing the masking tape.
- You can layer colours without the striped detail too by only using one length of masking tape. Try delicate shades of harmonious pastels for a truly modern dip-dyed effect in a bedroom.