If you are preparing to sell, or have just bought a dated place in need of a makeover, painting is the simplest way to breathe new life into a room and even make it look bigger or smaller.
Handyman Magazine has kindly given us permission to share an excerpt of painting tips from its February issue.
Following the Trends
‘It appears homeowners are getting bored with neutrals,’ says interior designer and TV host Shaynna Blaze.
‘The minimalist style has been prevalent for the last decade but now it’s about character and personality.’
During her 20 years in interior design Shaynna has redecorated many homes and says that while
a lot of people still play it safe with whites and neutrals, she believes a real connection to a space is forged when colour is introduced.
‘Richness is the key word at the moment. Jewel hues with amazing depth are popular, particularly in sunburst colours such as tangerine orange and beautiful honeysuckle pink,’ she says.
‘At the same time peacock blues are also in demand, ranging from turquoise to emerald.’
A Simple Equation
Too many different colours can overwhelm so as a general rule the dominant colour should take up 60% of the space, an intermediate colour another 30% and an accent colour the remaining 10%.
‘I suggest taking the colour cues from an accessory,’ says Shaynna.
‘Also take into account the mood you wish to create. These two factors can make selecting the right palette pretty straightforward.’
Setting the Scene
Colour choice sets the ambience of the room so take time to consider the atmosphere you want to create.
White is seen as peaceful and feels airy but black is considered overwhelming and depressing.
Strong colours like red, yellow and violet are thought to raise energy and heighten emotions. The colours of nature, such as greens, blues and earthy neutrals, are perceived to be the most calming and restful.
Shaynna emphasises that a heavy-handed approach with strong colour is likely to backfire.
‘It’s not about dramatic feature walls and challenging the senses, it’s about using beautiful colour in ways you’re comfortable with and can live with for at least five years until the next paint job is needed.’
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