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SHAYNNA BLAZE SHARES HER TIPS ON HOW TO CON­VERT OUT­DATED WALLS INTO MOD­ERN MARVELS

Warwick Daily News - - WEEKEND - WORDS: SHAYNNA BLAZE SELL­ING HOUSES AUS­TRALIA

If your home has one of these “spe­cial” wall fea­tures, then fear not, there is hope. Here’s how to turn dread­ful into de­light­ful.

1. 1970s WALL­PA­PER

Any­one who re­mem­bers the ‘70s will re­mem­ber just how pop­u­lar wall­pa­per was in loud pat­terns and colours (or­ange and brown). Wall­pa­per has made a come­back and these days it is any­thing but scary. The trick is to go sub­tle by choos­ing a fin­ish in a sin­gle colour. You still have the ben­e­fit of tex­ture and pat­tern, with­out the wall­pa­per over­pow­er­ing ev­ery­thing around it.

2. DATED FEA­TURE WALLS

The worst ex­am­ples of dated fea­ture walls are those favoured by peo­ple who are afraid of us­ing too much colour so they just stick to paint­ing one wall. The prob­lem is that they paint one wall a re­ally loud colour, leav­ing the other walls look­ing stark in com­par­i­son.

Some­times the wall also clashes with the floor­ing and usu­ally the wall is left bare, so it re­ally sticks out like a sore thumb. To avoid a fea­ture wall fail­ure, go bold and paint all walls in the same dark colour.

This is per­fectly OK in a room that gets enough nat­u­ral light. The trick with dark colours is to make sure that the colour you choose picks up on and works to­gether with other colours used in the room, rather than be­ing the odd colour out. And never leave a fea­ture wall bare.

3. WALL PANELLING

If your walls look like the in­side of a sauna, like a bath­room, it can make one of the small­est rooms in the house feel even smaller. I’m not say­ing don’t use tim­ber wall panelling, but mod­er­a­tion and bal­ance are the key things to re­mem­ber.

4. EX­POSED BRICK

While ex­posed brick walls can give large loft-style apart­ments and ware­house con­ver­sions an in­dus­trial chic look, your run-of-the-mill ex­posed brown brick wall is of­ten an eye­sore. Even if you try to spruce up a space with mod­ern fur­ni­ture, an ex­posed brick wall can still dom­i­nate for all the wrong rea­sons. A quick and sim­ple way to fix the prob­lem is to paint the brick wall a dark colour that works with the rest of the room’s colour pal­ette.

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