Introducing the Dulux MixLab

Hello again lovelies! As per all my recent blog posts, this one has been slightly delayed with all my impending blog changes - but I'm delighted to be writing about it today. A little while ago I was invited to learn more about the Dulux MixLab at a Dulux colour confidence workshop. Hosted by team Dulux, and presented by interiors writer and stylist, Joanna Thornhill, the evening was eye-opening in teaching me new things about working with colour. When picking colours for our home I tend to just go with what I like, stick to neutrals and I definitely play it safe. So, I knew I had an awful lot to learn! {As a slight aside, you can read my review of Jo's brilliant book, Home for Now, here!} Coming to Homebase stores this year, the MixLab is the place to visit if you have any painting projects in mind. Divided into four sections, it makes picking and mixing your paint a cinch. First, pick your chosen colour using the swatches which are arranged into warm, cool and neutral hues. Or, you can instead make use of the MixLab's object scanner. The object scanner is perfect if you have a sample of wallpaper, a cushion or a vase you want to try and match your paint with. I took a little grey bowl to scan, as I'm still oh-so in love with the colour grey!

Once you've picked your colour, then you pick a function - anything from moisture resistance {for bathrooms}, to hardwearing {for hallways}. Then it's on to pick a finish, from silk right through to flat matt and then it's time to mix it up! Since we're in a rented house and I don't have any large home projects on the go, I opted to have a paint mixed up so I could update an old chest of drawers. My colour was a lovely 'Quartz Flint' grey in an eggshell finish. I can't wait to get painting!

Dulux Mix Lab station
Dulux Mix Lab station

Jo showed us how to use the colour section of the MixLab to find and work with colours which were both harmonising and contrasting to each other. For example, I had no idea that if I picked a colour swatch from one section, that if I then skipped along two colour blocks I'd find a wonderfully dramatic and contrasting colour to pair it with. For more harmonising colours, it's as simple as looking at the colours nearer to your key colour. I was delighted to find that my chosen colour, 'Quartz Flint', contrasted beautifully with warmer colours including the Dulux colour of 2015, Copper Blush. As I'm having a bit of a love affair with all things copper, this pleased me greatly! And, while I won't be able to paint my room Copper Blush, I will be using this knowledge to ensure I add a copper pop, perhaps with some accessories on my freshly painted chest of drawers.

Dulux Colour of 2015 : Copper Blush
Dulux Colour of 2015 : Copper Blush
Dulux Colour of 2015 : Copper Blush
Dulux Colour of 2015 : Copper Blush

I also hadn't realised that if you take one card from every column along an entire row and then pop them around in a circle, that you are left with a colour wheel. Needless to say, I had to give it a go once I got home!

Dulux Mix Lab swatches : Colour Wheel
Dulux Mix Lab swatches : Colour Wheel

One last thing I just had to tell you about was the Dulux visualizer app. I just downloaded it to my iPhone, and goodness me, it's addictive! Simply take a photo of your room, and then experiment with different colours in that space to your heart's content. Amazing. Of course there's also heaps more helpful information in the app including how-to videos, colour advice and all the info you might need about the full range of Dulux paint ranges.

All this talk of colour and painting is making me feel excited for a new year and new home projects. Have you got any makeovers planned for your home or furniture? I'd love to hear about them!

Thank you Dulux and Homebase for a fab evening.

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