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Now that the recent glut of bank holidays are over, I have happily returned my paint brushes and rollers to their hidey hole deep in the depths of the garage. Visits to the local DIY stores over the period confirmed that I was far from alone in the urge to spruce things up for spring. As a nation we like to have a go ourselves and just think how much busier the motorways would have been if a decent proportion of us hadn't been grumbling away, paintbrush in hand, cursing the moment that it all seemed like such a good idea!

During my in depth perusal of the colour charts it became apparent that coffee's influence extends beyond the ever expanding High Street coffee shop culture. So if you're keen to add a coffee tone to your walls, you could plump for Crown Paint's 'Mocha', 'Coffee Shop' or 'Rich Blend'. Home of Colour Paint at Homebase offers 'Soft Latte', 'Mocha' and 'Cosy Mocha', while Dulux tempts us with 'Caramel Latte' and 'Mellow Mocha'. These paints are perfect for those who are angling for that neutral yet sophisticated look, but equally geared towards those who would like to pretend that they're loafing around in Starbucks rather than perching precariously at the top of a step ladder. It really is a win win situation!

No doubt there are some very down to earth people, incensed at the pretentious nonsense of the aforementioned colour charts, who prefer to call a spade a spade. 'Why can't they call brown brown?', they demand peevishly. And yet there's one nation that would agree wholeheartedly with the use of coffee to denote the colour brown. In Turkey, where coffee has been a cultural cornerstone for centuries, it is the very source of the word for brown –  'kahverengi'. Its literal meaning is 'colour of coffee', 'kahve' being Turkish for coffee and 'rengi' meaning colour. Kahverengi...  it has a lovely sound to it... does someone want to mention it to Dulux?

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