Design trends: paints

It has never been easier to experiment with colour in your home, with paint companies offering expert tips, interactive room planners, iPhone apps and brilliant new shades
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B&Q: Experiment with colour and how rooms will look using B&Q’s interactive room planner. New colours include the Funky range and chalkboard paints in black, deep blue and magenta. From £12.98 for 2.5 litres. Visit
Crown: A free app allows iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to create their own colour scheme by matching shades they like with the nearest in the Crown range, while suggesting complementary colour schemes and nearest suppliers. Download from
Farrow and Ball: Arsenic is on the walls, while Dove Tale, on the doors, is one of nine new colours that include some unexpectedly brilliant shades, such as Babouche yellow. From £29.50 for 2.5 litres. Visit
Dulux: Sapphire Springs and Bleached Lichen, part of the Tailor Made Colour range from Dulux (£21.69 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion). The company also has a free iPhone app and an online Let’s Colour studio, which takes customers through the entire process, from how to choose colours and how much paint you will need to the best tools for the job. Visit
Paint the Town Green: London’s first environmentally-friendly painting and decorating company is launching its own online paint range next month, offering a full spectrum from heritage to vibrant. From about £450 a room, including all materials. Visit
Wickes: True Colours, celebrating all things bright, from £13 for 2.5 litres, is one of four new paint ranges at Wickes, with colours such as Velvet, Waterfall and Coral. Wickes has also just launched a rapid-drying rainproof masonry paint and new non-drip paints created for covering woods and metals. Visit
Fired Earth: Race Yellow, from Fired Earth’s Mid-Century Colours range by Kevin McLoud, was created to celebrate the Festival of Britain. From £29.50 for 2.5 litres of emulsion. Visit
Pots of Paint: Pomona is just one of 50 colours from Edward Bulmer’s eco paint company, Pots of Paint, that are so natural you could almost eat them and are entirely compostable since they contain beeswax, milk casein and linseed oil. Find them at 17 Langton Street, SW10, or visit

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