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SPLASH OF COLOUR: Dulux Paint has named Monarch Gold as its colour of the year, and unit AkzoNobel Decorative Paints has suggestions on ways to introduce gold into a home: (above) for a feminine yet sophisticated touch, match a Monarch Gold wall with pastel pink accents, or use Monarch Gold’s earthy tone as a swankier alternative to beige or brown for interior walls as its calming neutral shade is suitable for areas where focus is needed.

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SPLASH OF COLOUR: Dulux Paint has named Monarch Gold as its colour of the year, and unit AkzoNobel Decorative Paints has suggestions on ways to introduce gold into a home: for a feminine yet sophisticated touch, match a Monarch Gold wall with pastel pink accents, or (above) use Monarch Gold's earthy tone as a swankier alternative to beige or brown for interior walls as its calming neutral shade is suitable for areas where focus is needed.

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COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL: Nippon Paint has a range of colours selected for 2016 after working with a select group of Asian design professionals; (above) a bold fuchsia pink shade named Fast Car.

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COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL: Nippon Paint has a range of colours selected for 2016 after working with a select group of Asian design professionals; (above) Gray Knight, which reflects the concept of 'grey areas'.

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PRECIOUS METALS: Mr Nishaburi of The Beuro says that metals are still an evergreen material in the furniture and lighting industry, and manufacturers are embellishing products with metals; (above) Knoll Bertoia Diamond Chair in Gold and De La Espada Tulip Floor Lamps.

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PRECIOUS METALS: Mr Nishaburi of The Beuro says that metals are still an evergreen material in the furniture and lighting industry, and manufacturers are embellishing products with metals; Knoll Bertoia Diamond Chair in Gold and (above) De La Espada Tulip Floor Lamps.

2016 home improvement

It is a brand new year, and with Chinese New Year just around the corner, it's time to relook your home decor. Industry experts give their take on what's hot this year - and the cool things to fill your home with.
Jan 9, 2016 5:50 AM

A FRESH coat of paint is still one of the easiest ways to jazz up a home. But what colours to pick is the perennial dilemma.

Paint companies do their bit by picking out what they think will dominate colour schemes each year. For Dulux Paint, Monarch Gold - that hints at opulence without

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