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Parsons Cove Those who covet a serene, chai beige home bring Heal to her knees. “I went into one house. It was all beige. I couldn’t stand it.” So she painted the dining room red. “The word beige is a bit of an evil in our industry,” says Heal, whose own bedroom is red-walled. “I do try to encourage people to go outside their comfort zone.” But red can be an agitating colour that sucks energy. A moss green room, meanwhile, can calm, Welch says. Interior decorator Vicki Walton, who launched her business in 1991 on the Saanich Peninsula, says she is also “not a beige person. I live for colour.” In her cottage-style home, warm tones of yellow and blue dominate. “Beige and neutrals are what works,” argues Dean Marchtaler, Vancouver Island Colormart manager. That’s Wondering what the difference why spec homes is between Dubai Sand and are usually Arizona Heat? painted subdued Not sure whether to go Tender neutrals to Tan or Beach Bum? accommodate These and hosts of other colours homeowners’ are viewable on these websites: possessions. Leah Rourke is benjaminmoore.com:80/ a professional prattandlambert.com registered interior designer. In her sico.ca/en/Couleur_Tendances.asp wood-floored, grey-painted para.com/en/ home, one wall is cloverdalepaint.com/home_owners/ bright melon green and hanging on that backdrop is a huge black and white print. Painting one wall in a “punch” colour, that knockout hit of colour, lets people have fun, Rourke says. But often, people paint the wrong wall, usually the largest one. Instead, it should be the wall behind the sofa or shelves. Not much colour is needed but finding the balance is what scares people, Rourke says. Hers is no black-and-white job. She ferrets out clients’ desires, personalities and pre-existing conditions, including lighting. If the furniture, draperies or flooring aren’t changing, the paint has to match. Clients will say they want “modern” but unless there’s an image, it’s meaningless. “It’s a puzzle to pull out what they’re looking for,” Rourke says, which is why she charges by the job. “It’s a fairly considerable investment.” But happy clients who didn’t mistakenly paint their kitchen Lifevest orange, see the value in hiring a designer. But let’s not paint everyone with the same brush: teenage

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