Give a neutral room some colour therapy with a bright booster
There’s no getting away from it, when it comes down to decorating, it’s hard to veer from the safety of a neutral scheme; with the a peace of mind that it will be easy to live with and not to scary to put together. Whilst beige, grey and a toe dipped into a soft pastel shade are all well and good, sometimes you might just crave an injection of colour.
Cushions, curtains and throws are an obvious way to perk up a room, but why not re-invent existing pieces of furniture or accesssories with our easy craft ideas that colour-in some of the details in your room.
1. Paint picture frames
Decoupage box frame natural wood, £4 each, Wilko
Create an eye-catching wall feature by giving picture frames a new look with leftover sample pots of paint. For a professional finish on wood frames, use a hard-wearing eggshell paint and mark off the corners with masking tape to create sharp edges.
2. Transform a tea set
Marabu porcelain paints, available in 34 colours, from £2.69 for 15ml, Hobbycraft
Give the cup handles of a tea set a colourful makeover with porcelain paint. Be creative and blend your own shades: try mixing green, white and black paint to create spearmint; and pink,
red and yellow paint to create fuchsia. There’s nothing to stop you trying it on a plain white vase or storage jars.
3. Do-up a wooden chair
For similar chairs, Alabama natural dining chairs, £99.99 for four, Dunelm
Transform your work space from woe to wow by painting an old chair in a vibrant colour. Pick a bright shade in hardy eggshell and give the chair a light sand between coats for a smooth finish. Try it for dining chairs too, you can mix and match your colour choices to liven up a plain, wooden set.
4. Update an old chest of drawers
If you’re working with metal handles, remove them from the piece of furniture and start by making sure they are dry, dirt and grease free. If the metal has been treated or galvanised a metal primer might be necessary first; try either a spray or tinned metal primer, then apply either an eggshell paint suitable for metal work or an enamel aerosol paint. It would work just as well with wooden handles, opt for an eggshell paint rather than emulsion for hard-wearing finish.
5. Give a kitchen island a lift
An all white kitchen will be crying out for a little colour-love. Give an inexpensive kitchen trolley a face lift with a cheery colour choice. Much like the chair, prep the surface by sanding down and removing any existing varnish for a raw finish. Wipe down to remove any dust, then paint with a couple of coats of egg shell, or even better, try a chalk paint that doesn’t require the furniture to be sanded down before application. Give it a go on the legs of a kitchen table for even more impact.
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