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Brush up on the latest paint shades and clever tricks

zone your space

‘The kitchen is the per­fect place to ex­press your­self with paint,’ says Mike Howes, Direc­tor of Paint by Con­ran. ‘A sunny, up­beat yel­low frames the en­trance, cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing, pos­i­tive mood; earthy ter­ra­cotta makes the stove al­cove the heart of the home; while a steely blue on the other walls feels re­laxed and so­cia­ble by day or night.’

go for gra­da­tion

A cloak­room is an ideal back­drop for ex­per­i­ment­ing with gra­dated paint ef­fects as it is usu­ally a com­pact area and easy to re­paint if nec­es­sary. Cre­ate a beau­ti­ful wa­tery om­bréstyle splash­back with three shades of blue.

make your bath sing

‘Bath­rooms have come a long way since the white-tiled, util­i­tar­ian look, and are now a place where de­sign flair can be ex­hib­ited,’ says David Mot­ter­shead, Manag­ing Direc­tor, Lit­tle Greene. ‘Whereas in other rooms you may not feel brave enough to use bolder ideas and colours, bath­rooms can be a show­case for more dar­ing choices. If us­ing wall­pa­per, its de­sign could in­spire paint shades for the wood­work and bath. Aim for strong hues to punc­tu­ate the scheme – a cast-iron bath in a bright colour is the fi­nal flash of in­spi­ra­tion.’

com­bine the un­ex­pected

Cre­ate im­pact in a liv­ing room by pair­ing rich brown with cool green. ‘Sa­lon Drab con­jures up a clas­sic 19th-cen­tury feel, while re­main­ing the per­fect choco­late brown for mod­ern homes,’ says Char­lotte Cosby, Head of Cre­ative at Far­row & Ball. ‘Com­bine it with clean, fresh Yeabridge Green and the re­sult is a room that oozes a con­fi­dent and so­phis­ti­cated feel that is very easy to live with.’

paint a black­board

if you want a play­ful, draw-on space for chil­dren or to cre­ate a no­tice­board in a home of­fice or the kitchen, try a matt black­board paint. it can be ap­plied to a va­ri­ety of sur­faces and, once dry, you can draw and write on it in chalk. to clean, sim­ply wipe with a damp cloth. the opaque fin­ish works well in a mod­ern coun­try home com­bined with wood and nat­u­ral tex­tures.

two-tone Wall

Make a state­ment in a hall­way by us­ing prac­ti­cal, easy-on-the-eye colours. ‘to add in­ter­est, try com­bin­ing shades in a colour­block­ing for­ma­tion to cre­ate def­i­ni­tion and the il­lu­sion of ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, such as a dado rail,’ says Judy smith, colour con­sul­tant, crown. ‘snow­fall and toasted Al­mond are beau­ti­ful neutral tones that are very com­fort­able to live with, while still be­ing full of char­ac­ter.’

stair­way to heaven

cre­ate a unique fo­cal point in your hall­way by paint­ing the spin­dles of a stair­case in dif­fer­ent shades from the same pal­ette against a white back­drop. start­ing with the light­est colour at the bot­tom of the stairs, grad­u­ally stag­ger the shade from spin­dle to spin­dle as you as­cend un­til you reach the deep­est – this draws the eye up­wards.

Frame prints on match­ing painted mounts for pops of colour on the wall. Tricks of the trade

Walls, painted in Copse; stove al­cove, Ter­ra­cotta Pot; ar­chi­trave, Dan­de­lion Puff, all £36 for 2L emul­sion, Paint by Con­ran.

Walls, painted in Sa­lon Drab; wood­work, Yeabridge Green, both £39.50 for 2.5L Es­tate Emul­sion, Far­row & Ball.

Wood­work, painted in Livid, £28 for 1L Oil Gloss; bath, Mis­ter David, £54.50 for 2.5L In­tel­li­gent Eg­gshell; wall­pa­per, Stitch High­land, £71 a roll, all Lit­tle Greene.

Wall, painted in (from top), Smidgen, £36 for 2.5L Clay­paint, Earth­born. Bridge Blue 222; Ea­ton Square 232, both £42 for 2.5L Mar­ble Matt Emul­sion, My­lands.

Wall, painted in (from top), Snow­fall; Toasted Al­mond, both £19.49 for 2.5L matt or silk emul­sion, Crown.

Wall, painted in Colours Black Matt chalk­board paint, £11.73 for 1L, B&Q.

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