[ DESIGN ADVICE ]
Judy Smith, Crown colour consultant, reveals the paint effects that will get your walls noticed
* Paint is an easy way to transform your living room without breaking the bank. One great tip for adding character to a space is with a textured or metallic emulsion. The shimmer effect of metallic paint brilliantly reflects natural sunlight,
but also transitions beautifully into night-time when illuminated by soft lighting or candles. Rather than paint an entire wall, why not stencil metallic or textured paint in stripes, squares or circles on to a monochromatic base to add areas of drama and interest.
* Another helpful way of arranging your living space is to anchor a piece of furniture. Painting the wall behind your room’s focal point, be it a sofa or desk, is a great and easy way of creating separate zones within a space. The paint-effect can be a wide stripe that extends to either side of the furniture or from floor to ceiling, or
an entire feature wall painted in a bold colour with the same undertone as the neutral shades of the room, to create a harmonious look.
* Skirting boards and window frames painted to match the wall colour is a simple but stylish touch in the living room. Not only does this result in a contemporary, monochromatic look, but it is also an easy way of creating the illusion of bigger walls, making the room as a whole appear more spacious.