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Expert's corner: paint tips and trends to consider for your home

Farrow & Ball's Charlotte Cosby shares her tips and insights for maxing your use of colour
   Charlotte Cosby  |  written on: 07-02-2019 17:00pm

The best way to decide on a colour scheme in your home - whether for your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom - is to follow your gut instinct.

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Choosing a paint colour is as much to do with your lifestyle as it is with the light and architecture of your home. For example: if you lead a busy schedule you may like to use calming colours in the living areas to help unwind and promote relaxation.

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I would always recommend testing colours in-situ, to see how they respond to the changing light in a space, particularly during the times of the day you use the room so you can observe how well they work with the space's features.

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There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to decorating and choosing a colour scheme but a traditional style is to apply one colour to the walls and a white gloss on the woodwork. While visually this is a very clean look, it can sometimes appear harsh depending on the contrast between colours. To soften the contrast, choose an empathetic companion colour for the ceiling. This will make the contrast more gradual, and as a result the room will look surprisingly spacious.

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I've definitely noticed a rise in popularity in using bold and beautiful colours and patterns to make that immediate impact. As interior trends steer away from more neutral colour groups, people are becoming braver as they decorate the rooms in their homes with a plethora of bright colours and large patterns.


Our wallpaper with the largest motif design yet, Helleborus (shown above), explores this expressive trend, its organic pattern creates a sense of growth and rejuvenation and is available is bolder colours to add colour to the room.

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The transformation of a room may start with the walls but for a carefully balanced scheme, think of the room as a whole. That includes woodwork, doors and even ceilings. Deep colour can be painted onto these areas to create a striking contrast with the walls.

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Equally, wallpapered ceilings are a fantastic way to add pattern, colour and texture above, drawing the eye to a whole new space...

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Want to upcycle a much-loved piece of furniture with a lick of paint? It’s really important to make sure that all surfaces are clean and dry. Remove any areas of old paint and blend the edges of areas of old paint, as this helps to smooth out the surface. We would recommend our Modern Eggshell for furniture as it is very hardwearing with a mid-sheen finish that is available in all of our 132 colours.

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The painted freestanding bathtub is perpetually popular - choosing a bold shade for your bath can work wonderfully if youwant to add a pop of colour to your bathroom. If you're considering trying it, I would recommend using our Modern Eggshell finish for painting bathtubs (depending on the material of the tub!). 

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