BRAMPTON, Ontario, Canada - From traditional to hip, luxurious to retro, conservative to trendy, the color palette for 2006 has something for everyone, says leading Canadian architectural paint brand PARA Paints.

"Next year's color directions are all about choice," says Melanie Rice, color consultant with PARA Paints. "For consumers with more conventional tastes, there's a great selection of neutrals and soft pastels, and for those looking for added flare, more vibrant and bold colors like turquoise, yellow greens and corals are making a comeback, as is a return to darker, more intense hues like deeper violets, browns and greens."

No matter what your preference, the trend for 2006 is also about mixing and matching different color combinations "until you find the perfect combination to achieve your look," adds Rice. To learn more, log onto