New Year, New Looks: Celebrate with a burst of fresh colour in your home

Get excited about your home's colour potential and put decorating with paint at the top of your New Year’s resolution list.

January is a great time of year to say goodbye to the old and bring new and colourful schemes into your home.

With a spectrum of 2000 pre-selected shades to choose from in B&Q stores, Valspar® is sure to have just the colour you’re looking for, whether you’re after restful tones or show-stopping statements. Or why not be brave, colour outside the lines, and put your very own stamp on 2016 with a personalised paint colour?

Valspar’s state-of-the-art colour matching technology lets you create any colour the eye can see – 2.2 million in fact! Just bring a sample of the colour you love and have it matched at the Valspar colour mixing centre in your nearest B&Q store. In less than 2 minutes your sample is scanned, matched and mixed into your unique paint colour, ready for you take home and get decorating.

Not only is painting an easy way to transform your home into a stunning and unique space, it’s extremely affordable and versatile. Get inspired with these fabulous new trends for an amazing home transformation that will last the whole year through and beyond.

Cosy up in style

Count down to midnight in a living room that is super traditional and cosy. Start with soft restful tones on your walls and where better to find the perfect backdrop than Valspar®? You’ll be sure to find the right earthy tone for this intimate look and with Valspar® Premium’s super-scrub formula and maximum durability, quality speaks for itself. Gone are the days of avoiding light colours in high traffic areas of your home. Now you can scrub or wipe away those scuffs and marks making your walls easy to clean and maintain.

Pile rich check and tartan cushions on your sofa, add chunky knit throws and warming copper accessories to turn your room into a cosy winter retreat guests will want to return to. Wicker baskets and festive garlands will bring a touch of the outside in.

Lay on a feast with luxe blush

Get the dinner party started in your dining room with a palette of gentle blush enhanced with feminine metallic accents. Start with a sophisticated backdrop of shell pink walls lifted by refreshing white woodwork. Then warm the cosy scheme with plenty of oak furniture and stylish velvet chairs.

You’ll find a myriad of 2,000 colours to choose from in Valspar’s pre-selected range to find the perfect shade or, if you have a particular scheme you’d like to replicate, drop into a B&Q store and have an item colour matched to create your perfect palette. You can even breathe fresh life into the accessories you have lying around unused, so why not dig them out and upcycle with Valspar® metallic spray paints?

Indulge the opulent charm with dainty fairy lights, glass votives and a glamorous chandelier, which will reflect light and atmosphere around the room. Finish with plenty of silver decorations to complete the festive shimmer. With Valspar, you can create a look that oozes appeal and sparkle, perfect for New Year’s Eve party magic. And there’s no need to worry about any spills – Valspar® Premium Walls & Ceilings is resistant to many household stains including, coffee and red wine.

Freshen up Nordic white

Layer tones and textures of white and warm wood for a soft, uplifting space that’s not just a blank canvas. Choose from an endless spectrum of shades in Valspar® Kitchen & Bathroom and Premium Wood & Metal to create plenty of visual interest. Every unique colour matching formula is saved in your B&Q store so you can go back for your favourite shade time and time again. You can even adapt your colour to make it lighter or darker and achieve a more tonal colour scheme in your room. Better still, as a paint and primer in one, Valspar ® Premium helps speed up the painting process so you can spend more time enjoying your refreshing new space.

Grace your bedroom with grey

Now known as the ‘new neutral’, grey remains a firm favourite in many modern homes and it looks like it’s here to stay. Why not give the popular choice your own individual twist by creating your own unique shade of grey. Valspar® has been known to colour match car bonnets, sweaters, wall paper, colour charts and even a Minion, so no need to compromise on originality.

Choose jewelled tones

Dazzle the senses with a playful interaction of rich colour and create an illusion of depth. Find your perfect purple or enriching emerald within Valspar’s pre-selected range of 2000 colours to create a scheme that adds impact. If you’re unsure about which colour schemes will work you can always start with the colour chips on the Valspar® rack at your nearest B&Q store. Use the punched holes in the chips to overlay your chosen colours and get a better idea of how complementary they are. And if you’re still not sure, why not give them a try with Valspar’s generous 236ml tester pots? You can even use the leftover paint to complete your luxurious look by updating a piece of furniture!

Add a strong shot of deep blue


Be a shade braver and decorate your living room with dramatic blue. Keep things simple with strong walls and matching storage then add linen furniture to create a sociable and smart space. No need to worry about making the leap, experiment with the hues and tones in different lights and areas of the wall with Valspar® tester pots to be confident you’ve made the right choice. And don’t forget the ceiling! It takes up one-sixth of your space so make the most of it and add a lighter tint of your wall colour for an even bigger impact.

Create mood boards


All great looks start with inspiring images and objects, so indulge in a research session and then build a mood board for your project. Include favourite items, fabric and wallpaper swatches and, of course, all-important paint samples. Valspar offers paint chips for every one of their pre-selected range of 2000 colours as well as handy sample pots with their colour match service so you can see how shades work and blend together. You can be totally confident of your scheme before you put a brush to your walls, knowing you’ve made the right choice.

So whichever key trend tantalises you the most for 2016, head to Valspar‘s colour mixing centre at your nearest B&Q to create your look in time for the party and the new year ahead.

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