Dulux let's colour podcast #5

Relax with soothing Blues and paint flawlessly over fresh plaster

Join us as we explore how soothing colours can ease migraines, painting new plaster, and how light affects the look of paint colours in your home. 

Episode 5: Colours with magical powers

Let's colour podcast - episode 5

We’ve been at it again… diving deep into colour and home decorating. But before we get into the nitty gritty of things, here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to lately.

Marianne fell down the Instagram rabbit hole once again! This time, she discovered @TheModernHouse. Steph describes it as interior porn, which explains why Marianne looks so shifty when scrolling Instagram! Steph on the other hand has been scouring Pinterest for sleepover ideas for her daughter’s 7th birthday.

We’ve also been busy planning the tips and tricks that we’ll be sharing with you next year. So, watch this space!

In the meantime, make sure you give the Let’s Colour podcast a listen and subscribe. You’ll find the highlights from episode 5 below.

This episode is a special one. We explore the magical powers of colour on our wellbeing. With help from Dr Katy Munro, we turn our attention to the blue colour palette and how soothing colours can relieve migraines. Plus, you’ll get handy tips for painting new plaster from our very own Dr Dulux.

Read on for more – or listen via your platform of choice here.

Colour Lookbook: blue colour palette

Blue colour palette living room

It’s the world's favourite colour and the shade we’re diving into this episode. From the sky to the ocean, we’re surrounded by the blue colour palette. So, it’s no surprise that we constantly welcome this colour into our homes and wardrobes.

Did you know that right now 35% of people on the planet are wearing a shade from the blue colour palette?

While the blue colour palette has always been associated with bathrooms and bedrooms, we’re seeing more homeowners go for dark, moody blues and inky, navy shades in their living spaces. It’s often assumed that blue is a cold colour, but with the right lighting (we’ll talk about this later), a cool shade can be easily warmed up. Perhaps that’s another reason why blues are so popular?

Like green, the blue colour palette also connects us with nature. In a way, it’s in our genes. So it’s only natural that it would make us feel safe and happy – something we all need right now.

Colours that team beautifully with blue

Brave ground earth palette

One of the best things about the blue colour palette is its universal appeal between men and women. Blues work well with many colour families, you can make it feel feminine or masculine.  

Oranges or coppers make blue sing because they’re at opposite sides of the colour wheel. Steph also thinks blues and pinks go really well together. Then there’s Brave Ground, the Dulux Colour of the Year 2021, which would also pair perfectly with the blue colour palette.

But what makes blue special is its power to positively affect our mental and physical wellbeing. Shades of blue can be used to create calming rooms, which you can read about here. This is something that Marianne has been investigating recently and how soothing colours can help people with migraines. 

Blue colour palette orange stripe

Choosing soothing colours to relieve migraines

Dulux tranquil dawn white mist soothing colours

You might not know this, but there's a long-established relationship between visual stimuli and migraines. Research has found that particular coloured lenses and light can be used to lower discomfort.

This year, Marianne had an exciting opportunity to work on a project with TEVA UK and the National Migraine Centre. A survey was carried out to discover if people with migraines have particular preferences for colours in their homes.

1,216 participants, all who suffer from migraines, took part in the survey which ran over 17 days in total. The results showed that there was a strong preference for certain colours.

Colour can help us on a physical level. The survey found that cool, nature inspired colours, like soft greys greens and blues, didn’t trigger migraines. This suggests that soothing colours like Polished Pebble, Shell Stories or Tranquil Dawn could be migraine-friendly colours.

1 in 7 people in the world suffer from migraines. So, this was an important piece of research and something we hope to build on with longer term studies. But first, we spoke to migraine specialist, Dr Katy Munro.

Special Guest: Dr Katy Munro

Katy Monroe

Speaking to a real life doctor was an absolute privilege. We couldn’t thank Dr Munro enough for the time she took to talk to us about the power colours have to make our life better. Here’s what she had to say…

What is your speciality?

“My background is a general practitioner. But several years ago, I decided that I would specialise more in headaches. And so, I joined the National Migraine Centre as a headache specialist GP. I find it very rewarding to work in that way.”

How many people suffer from migraine?

“It's incredibly common. About 1 in 7 people suffer from migraines. And three times as many women have them than men.”

How many people do you treat at the migraine centre?

“It's increasing all the time, especially since lockdown. We can do video and telephone consultations, so we have a much longer time to talk to patients. They can really tell us what their triggers are and how they're impacted by their migraine. Then we can work out the best treatment for them.”

What do migraines actually do?

“Migraines are a genetic condition. The genes you've inherited make your brain easily irritated. Either by internal changes through your hormones, blood sugar levels or stress. Or external changes like stuffy rooms, light or getting really heated. The brain then starts to produce pain. Some people experience visual disturbances, slurring or dizziness, others get tingling in their arms and legs. Even after a few days people still feel groggy.”

What colours trigger migraines?

“Sensitivity is one of the key things that we ask patients about, such as light sensitivity and colour sensitivity. A vivid patch of colour next to darker surroundings can trigger migraines. Or things like spots and zigzags, stripes.”

What do you think of migraine friendly colours?

“It’s all about keeping the brain calm. Colours of nature, like greens or the blue colour palette will really help. People with migraines should consider a range of colours that’s going to be gentle on their brain.”

And finally, what is your favourite colour?

“Green. Definitely. It's always been green for a long time.”

We are incredibly proud of the study and collaboration with the National Migraine Centre. It was a pleasure speaking to Dr Munro and getting her input on the survey.

Colour can truly have a positive effect on our health, as well as our homes. We hope what you hear on the podcast helps you too!  

Here’s our guide to choosing migraine-friendly colour palettes for your home

Dr Dulux: how to paint plaster

Blue paint over white emulsion

From one doctor to another… here’s Dr Dulux (aka Marianne) with her remedies for your DIY dilemmas.

Katherine in Poole wants to know… what paint can I use after having a room recently re-plastered?

This is a really great question because it’s easy to mess up! Painting new plaster is a different ball game to painting a normal wall. Here’s what you need to do when painting fresh plaster:

Dr Dulux top tips:

  • Be patient and let the plaster dry out properly. If you don’t do this, it will probably crack and peel off.

  • Get some cheap, simple white emulsion paint and thin it out with water to create a ‘mist coat’. This will soak into and seal the plaster, allowing you to apply the top coat.

  • Apply your colour using Easy Care or emulsion paint to achieve your professional finish.

 

It might be a good idea to speak to a professional or your local decorator merchant for more advice on painting new plaster. Why not stop by your local Dulux Decoratore Centre? The team will be happy to answer your questions!

Dr Dulux: colours that reflect light

Blue colours living room dining room

Jenny in Norwich wants to know… how to use lighting to create the perfect ambience in her open plan space.                                                         

Light affects everything! No matter the colour you choose for your home, you have to get the lighting right. If you want to create a more romantic setting, LED lights are a good shout. Warm LED light bulbs create a lovely glow and are also better for saving energy.

In fact, Marianne uses these bulbs in her own house and controls the different layers of lighting with an app on her smartphone. This way, she can set the mood at the tap of a button… whether it’s for a TV dinner or an intimate evening soiree!

Various lightbulbs will make colours that reflect light look different, so when picking out the right shade for your room, make sure you pick up a roller tester first! You can read about how to get the most out of a tester here.

The Dr Dulux surgery isn’t just here to help with your decorating problems, we also offer Colour Confessions. This is a safe space for you to share your worst decorating disasters. The stuff that you never want to admit, but everybody wants to know!

We can’t divulge what’s been said in this episode, but you can listen right here.

And if you’d like to confess your decorating sins in confidence, simply drop us an email.

#FeelGoodColour

Dulux polished pebble grey

It’s only fitting that we end episode 5 with a feel good colour story from one of the participants from the National Migraine Colour Survey.

Here’s what Imogen had to say on how colour affects her life.

“I do quite a lot of painting and it had never occurred to me that the colours may affect me, that I may perceive them in a different way to other people, or that they may affect my migraine.”

Imogen’s partner also suffers from migraines and she recently painted his flat.

“I decorated his flat in greys and muted teals and blues. It was a subconscious thing that I did. I must be drawn to that kind of colour because I find it less nauseating. The colour combination makes me feel relaxed”.

Close-up pictures of Marianne Shillingford and Steph King

As always, we had so much fun recording the podcast and speaking with you, our colourful decorating community. So, thank you for tuning in – if you haven’t already, you can catch all our episodes here.

Remember, if you have a question for Dr Dulux or you need to confess a decorating disaster, just drop us an email or a voice note.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the podcast too. So, if you can spare a few moments, please do leave us a review. Your support really means a lot to us!

It’s a joy recording and making this podcast for people who love colour as much as we love colour. The next episode will be our final one of the series… so make sure you tune in! If you can’t wait ‘til then, we’ve left a clue of what’s to come below…

Thanks again,

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Episode 6 - yellow colour palette

A ray of sunshine

Let’s end series one on a happy note! We shine a light on the joyful yellow colour palette and chat to the jolliest person on the planet, Zoe Murphy, a furniture and textile printer from Margate. Plus, Dr Dulux takes you back to colour basics and gives you the antidote for how to paint a radiator.

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