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Justyna Korczynka, senior designer at Crown (crownpaint­, reveals how to get the perfect finish

Q How can I incorporat­e a paint colour of the year without decorating all over?

A First think about all elements of the room, the floor colour, lighting, and the furniture, and how this new colour will work with them. If you don’t want to commit to it on every wall, paint an alcove in a bright shade, or a bold stripe along one wall – which looks fabulous but can be easily changed.

Try adding a diagonal line of paint across a wall from corner to corner, so you don’t need to worry about getting a perfectly straight horizontal or vertical line. Use quality masking tape to get the neatest edges – and peel the tape while the paint edge is still wet.

Q What’s the best way to get a smooth finish with no brush strokes or patchiness?

A Before applying, thoroughly stir the paint with a flat-edged tool, like a paint stirrer or wooden ruler. Always use a medium pile roller for emulsion on walls and ceilings. Try wrapping the roller with some masking tape first to take off any loose fibres that could stick to the wall. Pour the paint into a roller tray and get a good quantity onto the roller, then apply to the wall in a straight up and down direction. Don’t over-roll or spread too thinly as the paint will look patchy.

Q How do I prepare my surfaces so I don’t have to use a lot of coats for an even colour?

A Any surface that’s to be painted should be clean and dry. Lightly sand any rough surfaces, and wipe away dust, as this can cause a dimpled effect on the wall or woodwork if trapped in the paint.

To get an even coat, use a good quality paint that is thick and creamy. A lesser-quality paint will feel loose and watery, and the end result could appear patchy, needing more layers to get the look you want.

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