Why not give your home a makeover this season, by updating your rooms with a fresh coat of paint? It’s quick and easy, and the most cost effective way to give your room a brand new look.
Neutral tones have long been the nation’s favourite, as they are easy to live with and are a ‘safe’ option as they work with most furnishing schemes. However, safe need not mean dull if you follow these guidelines.
When choosing neutral shades, I’d recommend you opt for what I call "pebble tones". Imagine if you scooped up a handful of pebbles on the beach: they would be a mixture of chalky whites, soft greys and natural stone shades. Avoid yellow-ish cream or fleshy beige tones as these are more dated and you may struggle to find furnishings and accessories to match them.
Combining 2 or 3 pebble tones will create a light, airy, tranquil atmosphere. Or if you prefer a little more colour, try teaming neutral tones with an accent shade to add interest. Take further inspiration from nature and add some soft aqua or muted sky blue - or perhaps a subtle leafy green tone to your scheme? This works especially well if the room looks out onto the garden as it helps bring the outside in.
Create some drama by painting one feature wall in a bold contrasting neutral shade, such as dark chocolate, indigo, graphite or even black! This contemporary palette will really add some ‘wow factor’ to a room, so go on, be brave! It will look amazing and, as I tell my Home Design customers, at the very worst, its easily undone if you don’t like it!
For a more high-fashion look, try teaming neutrals with the season’s latest colours. A practical way of ensuring your room stays ‘on trend’ is to invest in classic furnishings in more neutral tones and adding splashes of colour with an accent wall and accessories such as cushions, lamps, artwork, or perhaps a rug, which can be updated without too much expense.
Finding your perfect palette shouldn't be a problem, as we’ve now introduced a brand new range of eco-friendly, non-toxic paint called NaturePaint, which comes in 10 natural shades. Unlike many decorating paints, NaturePaint is free from potentially hazardous carbon-based chemicals and is the only paint in the UK certified to contain absolutely no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). It’s durable, fade resistant, breathable and washable, making it a fantastic family choice. Rather than emitting noxious fumes, its faint clay smell can be attributed to its exceptionally high quality. natural ingredients, such as naturally-occurring artist’s grade pigment.
Along with the existing Sanderson Spectrum collection, which features 120 of Sanderson’s most popular paint shades, NaturePaint is available to order online. It’s a good idea to order a tester pot before making your final decision as colours do vary under different light conditions. As well as electric lighting, natural sunlight can change dramatically throughout the day. It's also best to view it alongside the furnishings, in the actual room.
Once you’ve chosen your colour scheme, you can order the paint for delivery along with any painting accessories you need, or you can Click & collect it from your nearest John Lewis or Waitrose. It doesn’t get much easier than that!