Walls: Wimborne White No.239 and Breakfast Room Green No.81 | Photo: @ruthinteriors
You don’t need a lot of tools, specialist know-how, or even time on your hands to make a big difference to your space. To prove it, we’ve put together six of our favourite projects you can do in a weekend, complete with top tips and inspiring examples from our social media followers who’ve already given them a go.
Update a Piece of Furniture
Formerly a much-loved but worse-for-wear pine dresser, this Calke Green piece has been given a new lease of life in just a few easy steps. All you need is some sandpaper, our Interior Wood Primer & Undercoat, and your favourite Farrow & Ball colour in Modern Eggshell, Estate Eggshell or Full Gloss. Image by @littlegreenshed.
Transform Your Exterior
When the weather forecast is on your side, a spot of exterior painting is the perfect weekend project. If you’re not sure what colour to go for, green is always a good idea – it mirrors any foliage you have around and always feels fresh. For proof, just see these Yeabridge Green double doors, perked up with our hard-wearing Exterior Eggshell finish.
Paint Half a Wall
No, we don’t mean down tools and finish it off next weekend. We’re talking gorgeously crisp colour blocking, just like in this Breakfast Room Green and Wimborne White dining room. Painting just up to half the height of your wall – or up to the dado rail, if you have one – is a fantastic way to introduce a bold colour if you’re worried that an all-over look will overwhelm your space, making this a great alternative to a classic feature wall.
Add a Pop of Colour
We love an all-neutral look as much as the next paint company – possibly more – but the transformative power of a zingy pop of colour certainly isn’t lost on us either. Alongside Wimborne White walls and Shaded White trim, this sliver of ultra-bright Yellowcake is irresistibly good fun – in a small pocket like this one, anything goes, so don’t be afraid to try something bold.
Find Your Niche
With just a lick of paint, any niche can become a star feature, whether it’s the result of an awkwardly shaped room or deliberately designed, like this clever home office nook. Try a high-contrast combo, like Inchyra Blue with turmeric-toned India Yellow or bright Dutch Orange, for instant wow-factor.
Make Over an Alcove
Contrary to popular belief, painting a wall or alcove in black (or a very, very dark hue like Railings) gives the impression of more depth than is really there. Painting shelves in the same colour as the wall, as the owners of this dining room have done, blurs the limits of the room even further, and looks incredibly chic, to boot.