12 Oct 2020

Getting Creative with Paint


When decorating, painting your walls is an easy way to breathe colour and style into a space, says Natasha Bradley, Lick Home’s Interior Design and Colour Expert.


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More recently, I’ve been very excited to see that DIYers, be it trusted old hands with a paint brush or slightly nervous first-time buyers, are now seeing the endless opportunities that paint can bring to a home. Rather than seeing it in the more traditional sense of “just painting a wall”, DIYers are now using paint to fulfil their creative needs. And it’s not just limited to the walls.

It sounds like an obvious point, but the first impression of your home, literally starts at your front door, giving visitors a sense of what’s to come, design-wise, as they step over the threshold. Gone are the days when front doors were either dark brown or black, to fit in with the rest of the street. Today, DIYers are embracing colour and using their front door as a reflection of their interiors and also their personality. In some cases, it’s the brighter, the better with hues of pinks, teal and yellow to really stand out and serve as a conversation starter. Inky blues, holly greens and dark greeny greys are particularly popular, usually offset with gold or black steel front door features. When painting your front door, remember that the secret is fully prepping the surface. This means taking the time to remove the old paint first and ensure the surface is as smooth as possible.

The hallway has quickly turned into its very own focal point. Traditionally a passage to take you through to the more ‘important’ rooms, today’s halls have as much thought and design put into them as the rest of the house. Here paint can be cleverly used to add colour, pattern and style in a cost-effective and easy way. Consider painting the wooden features in your hallway, such as the skirting boards, wooden panelling, door frames etc. in an interesting colour which complements your style choices. Rather than traditional white, opt for a warm grey (Lick Grey 03) to add interest. If you’re feeling brave, then a statement colour such as black or teal can work really well, especially if the colour is reflected in other areas of the space, for example, a picture on the wall, or floor tiles.

How to create a statement floor in the hallway is a question that I am asked a lot. Laying new floor tiles, or restoring them, can be an expensive and timely job. Use a stencil and paint to update your floor, with your own creative twist. A geometric pattern in black and white is a timeless option that won’t date and is pretty easy to complete. Just remember to map out your pattern first, rather than just giving it a go.

Moving into the living room, and today’s DIYers are embracing colour. Gone are the days of playing it safe with soft creams and magnolias. Instead, DIYers are opting for bold colours, be it painting a statement wall, or all walls, to add a sense of drama. As we move into the colder winter months, don’t be afraid to embrace deeper, more opulent colours, such as Lick Teal 03 or Lick Blue 07, which can actually create a cosy and comforting environment. If you’re not brave enough to go dark on your walls, then why not try something a little different and try painting your ceiling instead. This is not as scary as it sounds and is a great way of adding drama to a room, without interfering too much with the rest of the room’s dynamic.

A quick and easy way to transform a room is to simply make a feature of the nooks and crannies, which you may not be too sure what to do with. Use an unexpected colour such as a pop of orange (Lick Orange 01) or yellow (Lick Yellow 01) to add visual interest and vibrance to a room. I’ve seen DIYers paint their own geometric shapes and patterns onto walls, almost as a form of art, to instantly add that bespoke creative touch.

The bedroom is another space where paint and colour can come into its own. If you’re on a tight budget, then add the final touches to a room using paint. A modern headboard can be created, simply by painting one onto the walls, adding a point of focus to the room. To add style and interest, without making things too complicated, opt for a few shades within one colour, such as soft grey, and use this as your main colour theme. My top tip for the bedroom is to choose colours that are complementary, rather than competing, which can make a space feel cluttered, noisy and unstructured.

And finally; the bathroom. A popular trend at the moment is for an all-black bathroom. Rather than getting swept along with the latest colour of the moment, use paint as a temporary way to give a subtle nod to an interior trend. Not only in the bathroom, but throughout the whole house. Upcycling furniture, with paint, is a cost-effective and easy way to try a new colourway, without overhauling the whole room.

Remember, paint is a fun and easy way to give something a go. And if you don’t like it, then you can simply start over again.

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