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5 ways to add wow factor with paint

Image of painted mantlepiece by @redfoxhome

5 ways to add wow factor with paint

From making over your mantlepiece to creating the illusion of a dado rail, a fresh lick of paint is a brilliant way to make your home really pop. Here are five ways of using paint to fantastic effect. Which of our Insta stars’ styles would work in your home?

1. Create a picture-like effect

If you’re as much of a fan of @annalysejacobs’s home as I am, you’ll already know that it’s bursting with colour. One of her many bright ideas is framing the view from her dining room window in a brilliant shade of blue (Marine Splash by Dulux). You could dive in even further by layering in finishing touches in the same shade, as Anna has done with the table setting.

Image of room with bright paint from @annalysejacobs
Image: @annalysejacobs
2. Go faux with a dado rail

A dado rail makes a good divider. If you don’t have one, use quality painter’s tape to create your own, as Helen Wallace of @made_up_design_ has done. By painting half her wall in earthy red (Farrow & Ball’s Red Earth) and leaving the top half white, Helen introduces a hit of bold colour without overwhelming the space. Always put the lighter shade on top if you want your space to feel more open.

Image of a paint dado by @made_up_design_
Image: @made_up_design_
3. Paint a headboard

A painted headboard is a simple and inexpensive way to make your bed feel more individual. Laura of @houseproject_36 has made the white wall behind her bed pop with the addition of a painted half-moon headboard. The dusky pink is a Valspar paint colour-matched to Sulking Room Pink by Farrow & Ball.

Image of painted headboard by @houseproject_36
Image: @houseproject_36
4. Freshen up your mantlepiece

Blend it or make a feature of it – the beauty of a mantelpiece is that it looks good whatever you decide to do. This living room belonging to Pixie of @redfoxhome offers the perfect showcase for her sunshine yellow mantelpiece (Dulux). The bright shade really pops against a deliciously dark backdrop. Design note: if your fireplace is still in action, you’ll need to use heat-resistant paint. The exact type of paint you use depends on what your mantlepiece is made of, so check before buying. If you need help working out which paint is best for your project, take a look at the blog post How to Paint a Fireplace by Direct Fireplaces.

Image of painted mantlepiece by @redfoxhome
Image: @redfoxhome
5. Experiment with bold colour

It can take courage to commit to bolder colours. Why not start small by painting the inside of a cupboard so it makes you smile when you open it? A bold hit of blue is the first surprise when you open this cupboard belonging to Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of @2lgstudio. The second is that it reveals a home office. Design note: the outsides of the cupboards have been painted in an oh-so-subtle pale pink so that the blue really sings. Steal @2lgstudio‘s style with paints from Mylands: the bold blue of Film, Television and Theatre 018 and the subtle pale pink of Threadneedle.

Image of blue paint in a cupboard by @2lgstudio
Image: @2lgstudio

Featured image: Make a feature of the mantlepiece with bright colour, as Pixie of @redfoxhome has done.

Want more? If you’re looking to refresh your home responsibly, check out last month’s blog on eco-friendly paint.