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Here are they are folks! My top tips for choosing wall paint colors & finishes wisely!

  • When deciding on wall finishes, ask yourself whether you want your walls as a background or a foreground. Are they the backdrop or the artwork?

  • Make sure that lighting does not pick out the flaws – always use a matt finish on such walls as it won’t reflect the uneven surfaces.

  • A daring paint application hides flaws. Painting over mismatched molding and un-applealing pipes allow them to recede from the view, while adding a color popping item/accessory will draw attention up and away from a drab floor for example.

  • For instant impact paint one wall in a living room or bedroom in a bold, vivid colour. Choose the wall that will make the most dramatic statement.

  • In a large room where you want to enhance a sense of enclose and seclusion, opposing walls can be painted the same colour.

  • You can add a patterned wall treatment to one wall to create a feature in a room where there is no natural focal point.

  • In a room dominated by neutral colours add in vivid contrast colour as accents on upholstery, cushions or artwork. Strong tones such as orange, citrus lime or red word well as vivid jolts of colour in this way.

  • Infusing a room with bold colour is one of the best decorating tools to create an instant mood or a certain style. Think warm blues, hot pinks or a sunshine yellow. They will all create a cosy space in a small room and detract from the room’s natural dimensions.

  • Remember that red will always warm and enclose while white will expand and lighten a space. When choosing paint colours, always opt for a shade or two lighter than what you are naturally drawn to.

  • Steer away from brilliant white paint. It contains a white blue caste that will make northern rooms dull and grey. Instead, opt for a standard white that includes a hint of pink pigment for maximum ‘whiteness’ on a finished wall.

  • If you want to improve the proportions of a room – a vertical line will make a ceiling appear higher, while a horizontal one can make a room seem bigger. If the room has an unsightly feature that you want to minimize, draw attention away from it by creating something bold and striking on an adjacent wall.

  • Unless you live in a historic house with beautiful architectural detailing, there is no reason to draw attention to a ceiling. It is better to continue a wall colour over dark or vivid shade) rather than paint it uniformly white. A one-shade base colour provides a foundation onto which everything else can be added.

For more quick tips, check out my video below done in collaboration with Jotun Paints Arabia.

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