A new coat of paint, a fresh start

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Paint­ing a room doesn’t have to be a chore.

For many, the task of paint­ing a new room can be quite dull. Af­ter all, peo­ple don’t usu­ally watch paint dry for fun, do they?

But deal­ing with paint can, in fact, be very re­ward­ing. Pick­ing out paint is a chance to in­vite a lit­tle bit of fresh­ness into your home, and as long as you take your time, you may find the process quite re­lax­ing.

FEATHERING PAINT SWATCHES IS THER­A­PEU­TIC

What does ev­ery­one do as soon as they grab the Re­sene colour fan­deck? They spread it out so it makes a beau­ti­ful dis­play of paint op­tions, of course.

Fan­ning the colour swatches to make a per­fect gra­di­ent of sam­ples is in­sanely ther­a­peu­tic. And, guilty plea­sures ex­posed, who doesn’t en­joy spread­ing the whole deck out and fan­ning them­selves off as they pe­ruse all the other paint sam­ples around the store?

Don’t for­get, as you con­sider your op­tions you can pick the right colour to psychologically help put your mind at ease too. Blue shades, like Re­sene Duck Egg Blue and Re­sene Dusted Blue, are re­lax­ing colours to use in your home.

Need some more colour in­spi­ra­tion? Don’t be afraid to ask your Neigh­bourly com­mu­nity; you never know, your neigh­bour may have just re­vamped their liv­ing area in the per­fect shade for your bed­room.

WATCH­ING PAINT MIX IS HYP­NOTIC

OK, there might not be an ex­act science be­hind this, but there’s some­thing in­cred­i­bly re­lax­ing about watch­ing paint mix. In fact, there are even so­cial me­dia ac­counts ded­i­cated to swirling paint colours to­gether! Whether you’re mix­ing paints on your own pal­ette or watch­ing your new liv­ing room colour get­ting ready in the shaker at your lo­cal Re­sene ColourShop, you could just find your­self com­pletely en­tranced as the colours swirl to make a new one that’s per­fect for your home.

BRUSH STROKES ARE SUBCONSCIOUSLY RHYTHMIC

Paint­ing a wall is like a wax-on, wax-off sit­u­a­tion. As you con­tinue to paint, your body gets into a nat­u­ral rhythm that you al­most can’t ex­plain. Paint­ing could make you feel as if you’re cov­er­ing the old with the new – you’re giv­ing your­self a fresh start. It’s the per­fect way to re­set your in­ter­nal clock. Feel­ing re­laxed yet?

CRE­AT­ING A ROOM CON­CEPT IS RE­WARD­ING

Hav­ing the eye to tie a whole room to­gether is in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing. Be­fore brush met wall, you flipped through count­less mag­a­zines, talked to friends and fam­ily, and ag­o­nised over colour, fur­ni­ture, cur­tains and ac­ces­sory choices to get the room look­ing just right.

But fi­nally, af­ter all that hard work, you’re ready to sit back in your com­fi­est arm­chair and take in your hard work. Take a deep breath and slowly ex­hale. It wasn’t so hard af­ter all, was it?

The sat­is­fac­tion of re­paint­ing a room and see­ing the trans­for­ma­tion from start to fin­ish is sur­pris­ingly re­ward­ing – so re­ward­ing you might just find your­self eye­ing up the next room to paint.

MARK SCOWEN

Re­sene Dusted Blue works beau­ti­fully in this room de­signed by Ma­sonry De­signs So­lu­tions.

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