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Fol­low th­ese five easy and af­ford­able steps

to cre­ate a tran­quil space.

Du­lux Colours of the Worldtm is in­spired by the world’s most beau­ti­ful land­scapes. The Du­lux range of wash­able, low odour in­te­rior wall paint was the ob­vi­ous choice for this open-plan living area makeover. Here’s how we did it us­ing the Bal­anced Ja­pantm pal­ette...

1 Cre­ate dif­fer­ent zones

Open-plan living with rooms that tran­si­tion into one an­other is typ­i­cal of Ja­panese homes, but it’s im­por­tant to de­fine th­ese var­i­ous spa­ces.

With Du­luxtm in­te­rior wall paint it’s easy to cre­ate dif­fer­ent zones us­ing a va­ri­ety of shades from the Bal­anced Ja­pantm pal­ette. Here, we fresh­ened up the lounge with Gen­tle Ja­pantm paint through­out and cre­ated a more dra­matic dining area us­ing a two-tone ef­fect on the walls with Ten­der Ja­pantm on the up­per half and Rich Ja­pantm on the lower half. TIP Use a spirit level to en­sure a straight line on the wall.

2 Hide the clut­ter

Ja­panese style is syn­ony­mous with tran­quil­lity, fo­cus­ing on a min­i­mal­ist ap­proach to dé­cor and en­sur­ing a lack of clut­ter. Achiev­ing this is as sim­ple as get­ting rid of any un­nec­es­sary items and stash­ing less fre­quently used ob­jects out of sight.

Here, we trans­formed an old steel cabi­net us­ing Ham­meritetm Ham­mered Bronze; the tex­tured bas­kets on top are both use­ful and at­trac­tive in this pre­vi­ously un­der-utilised nook.

3 Use what you’ve got

There’s noth­ing calm­ing about blow­ing the bud­get; rather use items you al­ready have and up­date them with paint.

We took in­spi­ra­tion from the ex­ist­ing gallery wall, sim­ply edit­ing the num­ber of frames, re­paint­ing them us­ing left­over paint and adding new images we drew our­selves or printed off the in­ter­net. Sim­ple, strik­ing and af­ford­able.

4 Add green­ery

We took our cue from bamboo, a com­mon de­sign el­e­ment in Ja­panese homes, and added green touches through­out the space.

We put wil­low branches in an old bot­tle that was dipped in Rich Ja­pantm to cre­ate an in­stant de­sign el­e­ment, a green striped rug breaks up the dark floor and adds warmth un­der­foot, and a green ce­ramic stool and table­cloth com­ple­ment the neu­tral pal­ette.

Not only do th­ese green ac­cents link the in­te­rior and the out­doors, but when com­bined with the Bal­anced Ja­pantm pal­ette, they also cre­ate a peace­ful, calm­ing am­bi­ence. TIP Leaves and branches not only look good, they also last longer and are more af­ford­able than fresh cut flow­ers.

5 Keep your cool

Du­lux Colours of the Worldtm of­fers sim­ple stress-free colour com­bi­na­tions that are easy to use and easy to com­bine. All you have to do is: Imag­ine (choose your des­ti­na­tion) Choose (your colour) Visu­alise (ap­ply it to your room or cho­sen project)

PAINT COLOUR Gen­tle Ja­pan


RIGHT Who would’ve guessed that the cup­board in

the al­cove ( above) once looked like this:

bat­tered and rusty! Thanks to Ham­meritetm paint, it now has a new lease

on life.


TM Ham­mered Bronze

Who wants to go to school when you have

an ex­cit­ing play­room to hang out in?

The project

Two boys un­der the age of 12 can be pretty bois­ter­ous. “So I was asked by Suhayl (11) and Sahil (5) Khalfey’s par­ents to con­vert a store­room in their Cape Town home into a fun play­room for the two boys,” says Za­nia Grobbelaar of Dear Za­nia In­te­ri­ors.

“Top of their wish list was stor­age space for toys, enough com­fort­able seat­ing that would still be suit­able for when the boys are older and shelves to dis­play Lego and books. The room also had to be a place where the kids would love to spend time,” says Za­nia.

She used Lego as in­spi­ra­tion for the colour scheme be­cause the boys love it so much, while fun el­e­ments such as a bright red tele­phone booth and a sun­beam de­sign on the ceil­ing add a play­ful touch. “I used the tra­di­tional Lego colours of red, green, yel­low and blue bal­anced with softer shades for the ceil­ing and up­hol­stery.”

Af­ter emp­ty­ing the room, Za­nia started with the ceil­ing, paint­ing a de­sign in­spired by the sun’s rays but also rem­i­nis­cent of a cir­cus tent. She then tack­led the walls.

Mean­while, the fur­ni­ture and shelves were built; the shelves were spe­cially re­in­forced to hold the weight of a lad­der when the boys clam­ber up to get their books and Lego.

Edgard Ver­meulen of Spec­tra Kitchens painted the fur­ni­ture with a small sponge roller and sealed it with Har­lequin Dead Flat, a matt sealant. “For this project I de­cided to hand-paint with a roller rather than spray­paint be­cause the lat­ter can some­times look very ar­ti­fi­cial,” says Za­nia.

It took three weeks to com­plete the room. “It had to be ready for Suhayl’s 11th birth­day and we ac­tu­ally man­aged it,” Za­nia adds. “But my great­est re­ward was the look on the chil­dren’s faces when they saw the room. I just wanted to join in and play with them.” >>

Metic­u­lous plan­ning is vi­tal for paint­ing

mo­tifs. Lego colours were the in­spi­ra­tion for this

fun play­room.

PAINT COLOUR Gen­tle Ja­pan TM PAINT COLOUR T e nder Ja­pan TM PAINT COLOUR Rich Ja­pan TM PAINT COLOUR Ham­merite TM Ham­mered Bronze


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