Paint your world

Sometimes all it takes to revamp a space is a lick of paint. But before you reach for that trusty beige can of paint, take a look at these trendy finishes.

1. Traditional revisited

Emphasise traditional features by painting them a different colour than the rest of the wall. This will not only accentuate the feature but also lend a certain quirkiness to a space.

2. Tone on tone

The latest trend is to layer shades from the walls to the furniture. This will ensure that a space is cohesive.

3. Starring: YOU

Choose colours that will make you look good! Research has shown that using certain shades will make you look better. The best shades for a brunette is pink, pale blue for blonde and green for auburn.

4. Shock therapy

Neon colours have been making their way from signage to nails and now your home. Add a bright splash of colour by painting a door (or any other type of woodwork like a chair) a neon colour.

5. Not the wall

If you are not sure about painting the wall a fiery orange, do not disdain. You can still be bold in your colour choices by painting the inside of a bookcase a bright colour.

6. Stairway to heaven

Staircases can become focal points even if your budget cannot reach an expensive carpet or runner, how you ask? Paint a runner!

7. Maximum Impact

Greys are the new neutral. Don’t be shy when painting, treat all the surfaces with moody hue to ensure maximum impact. This will create a chic yet comforting effect in the space.

8. Zone out

Add an extra layer of interest to a room that lacks architectural features. Paint is an invaluable tool if you have a room lacking in interest and a budget short on pennies. Use it to create panels and zones that break up large areas and allow you to use more than one colour in a space. These subtle stripes mimic a dado, or you could use a group of vertical stripes to emphasise the height of a room.

9. Ceilings and floors

Think beyond walls when it comes to adding colour and pattern with paint. Floors and ceilings are often overlooked as potential surfaces to decorate — but if you have a high ceiling, adding colour above can actually draw the eye up and emphasise the height of the room. Painted geometric patterns are a budget alternative to floor tiles.

10. Write stuff

Use varnish to paint a design or lettering on an emulsioned wall: the sheen will contrast strikingly with the matt finish

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