Reimagine and revamp your hallway with paper, dye, paint and easy techniques
time for you to take style risks with confidence, especially if your entrance is utterly bland. Amp up its personality using bold wallpaper, sharp black skirting and a seating area with a cluster of frames above a sunny yellow bench and colourful cushions.
3 Deciding whether to paper or not? It’s worth the effort. To begin, measure the wall and then cut wallpaper strips a bit longer. If your paper has a pattern, match the repeat: lay strips side by side on a large flat surface, aligning the pattern before cutting the strips. On the back of each strip, evenly apply a coat of wallpaper adhesive with a wool roller cover.
To prevent wallpaper stretching and shrinking, you need to ‘book it’. With strip face down, fold both ends to meet at centre. Let sit for 10 minutes. Hang first strip of paper in centre of your wall. Use a wallpaper spatula to smooth strip in place, work out air bubbles and evenly distribute glue. Wipe off excess with a wet sponge. Hang the next strip, matching patterns and butting the seams. Trim ends with a utility knife.
4 Waste not, want not! Put leftover chalk paint to good use. Apply it to the exterior of a jute bag or storage basket. Worried about freeform painting and straight lines? The solution is painter’s tape.
Bring your own special brand decorating of panache to your interiors with bands of dye and paint
DYEING FOR A CUSHION
5 Transform cushion covers from plain to fabulous! Follow the manufacturer’s directions for dip dyeing and fabric painting, then – for the middle cushion – dip one end into Rit Emerald liquid dye for 10 minutes, slowly lift and hold in short increments for an ombre effect. Brush on bands of diluted Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in English Yellow and Scandinavian Pink.
For top cushion cover, use the same techniques in different intensities. For bottom cushion cover, fold in half and dip the fold into a bath of Rit Kelly Green dye, then rinse and dry. Make a brew of four Rit colours – Emerald, Kelly Green, Dark Green and Teal – and create a broad green band at one edge. Immerse the opposite edge in a watery bath of Scandinavian Pink chalk paint.
Test the flowing washes of dye and paint on scrap cotton or linen.