Summer weekends might look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: they’re still prime time for a spot of DIY. To help inspire yours, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite projects below. As well as having loads of impact, they come together quickly and require minimal prep, so you’ll still have time to spare for the important stuff.
Walls: Pointing No.2003; Feature Wall: Red Earth No.64; Ceiling: All White No.2005 | Photo by @daddelicious
Add a feature wall
Committing to all-over colour can be daunting, but there’s another way to embrace the bold. Painting a single wall in a contrasting colour adds tonnes of impact to any room with very little effort, and you can go as bold or as subtle as you like.
Our experts’ top tip is to choose a feature wall colour with the same undertone as that of the original wall colour. In this charming bedroom, both off-white Pointing and rich Red Earth share a warm red undertone, and pair effortlessly together as a result.
Decorate a small space
Contrary to popular belief, small spaces rarely look their best in white. Instead, choosing to envelop them in deep, rich, or bold colours can create little pockets of pure joy throughout the home.
A downstairs bathroom or powder room, like this sumptuous Bancha-bedecked space, makes an excellent starting point for the colour-shy decorator. Because they don’t tend to get much natural light and our visits to them are often fleeting, we can afford to be a little bolder.
Get playful with colour
Colour blocking is a brilliantly quick, easy, and contemporary way to bring your favourite shades into a scheme.
Try drawing a sunny India Yellow frame around a piece of wall art or furniture to draw the eye there naturally, or create a faux headboard by painting a sweeping semicircle or sharp rectangle behind your bed.
If you’re feeling especially creative, try painting some freehand shapes to add personality to a child’s room or playroom.
Cabinet: Crimson Red No.W93; Deep Reddish Brown No.W101; Calamine No.230 | Photo by @elizabethdotdesign
Spruce up your furniture
A scuffed-up sideboard or an uninspiring wardrobe can take on new life in just a few hours. All you need is one of our durable finishes for metal and woodwork, the right Primer & Undercoat, and a little vision.
This retro dresser, painted in Crimson Red, Deep Reddish Brown and Calamine, is a wonderful example of a small-scale project that can make a big difference in any space. For more inspiration and a simple step-by-step, check out our guide to Painting Furniture.
Paint your front door
Luckily for weekend DIYers, a front door makeover is just as simple as it is striking. You’ll need a day of dry weather, a tin of Exterior Wood Primer & Undercoat, and your choice of Exterior Eggshell or Full Gloss.
As soon as you’re done, our tough but beautiful exterior finishes do all the heavy lifting – properly applied, they can stay looking new for up to six years.
For the full guide and more colour inspiration, read How to Paint Your Front Door.