Tin of paint to re­fresh a room

Gatton Star - - LOCKYER FARM MACHINERY WEATHER LIFE - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

A FRESH coat of paint could be all your home needs if you’re look­ing for a way to freshen up your space.

Bud­get-con­scious home­own­ers who want to change up the feel of a room with­out spend­ing a for­tune should not un­der­es­ti­mate the power of a new colour, ac­cord­ing to Mitre 10 Lai­d­ley owner John Storr.

“Some­times all a room needs is a light, neu­tral colour with a coloured fea­ture wall or you might paint it with some glit­ter paint,” he said.

“There are so many things you can do with paint to make an area stand out.”

Mr Storr said tak­ing to the walls with a tin of paint had the big­gest im­pact for the low­est cost.

“Paint­ing is prob­a­bly the cheap­est thing you can do to tidy up an area,” he said.

“Even if it’s a per­gola area, an out­door area or a lounge area, no mat­ter what area you’re try­ing to do, it’s prob­a­bly the cheap­est and the quick­est.”

As for choos­ing a colour, Mr Storr said neu­trals were a good place to be­gin.

“I usu­ally point them to­wards neu­trals be­cause it’s a lot eas­ier to change pil­lows or dec­o­ra­tions to lift it up, and you can change it around all the time,” he said.

He said colour spe­cial­ists tended to point clients in the di­rec­tion of “trendy” colours which would in­evitably date and re­sult in a “car­bon copy of some­one else’s place”.

“I find a lot of th­ese colour spe­cial­ists tend to have three favourite colours and that’s all they’ll use,” he said.

His store stocks a num­ber of base colours that, when mixed by a staff mem­ber, com­bine to cre­ate just about any colour imag­in­able.

The store is also equipped with a colour­match­ing ma­chine that en­ables Diyers to bring in a sam­ple of the colour they’re look­ing for, mak­ing it eas­ier for ren­o­va­tors to get ex­actly what they’re af­ter.

“We have about 15 base colours, but you can get hun­dreds and hun­dreds and hun­dreds of colours out of them,” Mr Storr said.

PHOTO: EBONY GRAVEUR

LIKE NEW: A fresh colour could be all it takes to freshen up a room and give it a new look. Pic­tured: John Storr.

PHOTO: FOUQUE

FIX IT: John Ruhl said he had no­ticed a change.

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