Paint Job Tips

Nicky and Steve wanted to inject some colour into their bedroom, and they’ve come to the right person for help!

Our resident stylist Shannon Fricke shows just what a difference a lick of paint can make to a room. With the extra advice from a professional colourist, we help Nicky and Steve bring their dream bedroom to life.

Nicky has a passion for Moroccan colours – oranges, cranberries and pinks – and the result of such a bold colour choice is stunning.

We chose the following colours for the bedroom make-over:
For the feature wall behind the bed: Porters Cranberry ½ strength in an interno limewash (4L = $75 ) x1 4L

For the wall going downstairs and wall to children’s room: Porters Poppy in ½ strength in low Sheen Acrylic (4L = $67 ) x2 4L

For the 2 brick walls: Porters Hound Cream in a Low Sheen (4L = $67 ) x2 4L

For the set of drawers and doorway to children’s room: Wattyl Catilina – semi gloss enamel ( 1L = $28 ) x1L

Things to consider:

  • A colourist is a trained professional who is expert at using colour to transform a space. They charge about $150 for a two-hour session, which should be enough for the average home.
  • The colour wheel is an abstract device to help artists and designers to look at the relationships and effects colours have on each other. It forms the basis of all colour mixing and is divided into warm and cool colours.
  • When applied to different surfaces, colour can make them appear to advance and recede. This technique can assist in changing your visual perception of a room.
  • If you have a room with a problem shape, you can combine warm and cool colours to change the visual perception of its shape.
  • Cool colours and tints will make a space appear larger. The ceiling should also be light – either white or a lighter tone of the wall colour. Use the same colour philosophy for furnishings and furniture.
  • Warm colours and shades will make a space appear smaller (and sometimes that’s the look you want). To give a room an intimate ambience, making it feel small and cosy, the warm or deep saturated palette should be applied. For example, a dark British racing car green or deep red can be a fabulous choice for a dining room, creating a cosy, warm ambience.
  • It is often worth following the “less is more“ philosophy. If you want to add a splash of highlight colour to a scheme, don’t overdo it.
  • When choosing paints from a colour chart it is best to choose paints that are 2 places apart on the chart if you wish to see a visual difference.
  • When mixing your own colours it is difficult to match the exact colour a second time should you require an extra quantity of paint. So mix more than you will need.

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