20 ways with paint

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  • Use paint to highlight architectural features on walls, woodwork, floors and furniture with these stylish ideas. Gather ideas and inspiration to turn your home into a sophisticated and chic abode filled with charm and personality through paintwork.

    If you are lucky enough to have high ceilings then why not make the room appear cosier by bringing the ceiling colour down to the picture rail. Choose heritage shades of paint – go for tonally close hues such as plum and dusky pink.

    Add vertical stripes in a hallway for a sophisticated feel. Paint light tones such as white and pale blue, to add a feeling of height and space to a wall. Use a plumb line to draw the stripes out accurately before painting.

    Paint two bands of colour on a wall as an effective way of introducing strong colour into a room without allowing one hue to dominate. Add stripes to the ceiling to emphasise the height of the room.

    When painting a room pay attention to features such as the skirting board or vintage-style radiator. Paint features a contrasting colour, or a complementing hue in a slightly darker shade.

    Paint the stairs in pastel tones for an effective country style. Use specialist floor paint and add two-tone painted risers and treads on the stairs.

    For a dramatic look in your bedroom, paint walls a deep luxurious shade such as blue velvet or plum. Complement the wall colour with neutrals such as a white painted iron bed, or a cream dressing table.

    When planning the overall decorating scheme for your home, tie in colour themes. For example if you feature mint green in the kitchen, mirror this tone again, for example on an upcycled painted cupboard. Add a stencil or a block-print design to finish the look. Paint the back of a vintage display cabinet in alternate pastel shades as a pretty backdrop to china and glassware

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