Judy Smith, Crown colour con­sul­tant, re­veals the paint ef­fects that will get your walls no­ticed

Living Etc - - DESIGN / PROJECT -

* 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.

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