Dulux creative consultant and stylist Bree Leech shares her tips for styling your home this autumn.
• Nursery colours have evolved. Hues are more sophisticated, such as greyed-off warm neutrals, mauve and blues. Try selecting a soft warm shade offset with a cooler neutral as a feature or detail.
• Experiment with your paint feature by not following the architectural lines. Change colours underneath a picture rail or midway through a wall and try a softer freehand line at the change for a more organic look.
• Suede effects can be applied subtly for a soft dreamy matte texture, creating the perfect finish for the whole room or just a feature such as the chimney breast or alcove.
• Layers of texture can create a sense of intimacy and warmth in babies’ rooms. Tactile materials are also an important feature in spaces for small children as they develop their sense of touch.
• Comfortable spots to relax in a baby’s room are essential, as they are a place to rest while feeding the baby and, as they get older, to sit and read with them. Low seating allows you to be comfortable while close to your baby during floor time. Opt for removable covers that are easy to clean.
HOW TO CREATE A DIY PAINTED PICTURE RAIL
1. As with any paint job, it is important to ensure you have your usual drop sheet, quality painter’s masking tape and brushes/rollers on hand. You will also need a ladder, HB pencil, an eraser, measuring tape, putty knife and spirit level.
2. To ensure an easy paint job, paint the entire wall in your lightest colour first, allowing it to fully dry before continuing with step three.
3. Conditional to the height of your walls, measure down about 30 cm to 45 cm from the ceiling. Using your HB pencil, begin marking this on the walls at each corner, then along the wall use your spirit level to mark a continuous line with your HB pencil. Note: If you’re feeling creative, you can even free hand an asymmetrical picture rail.
4. Use a quality painter’s tape to mask the line (only if you’re creating a straight line). You may need a helping hand to hold it taut at one end as you line it up. Also ensure that your tape lines up to the outside of your pencilled line. Then press your tape with a putty knife to prevent paint bleeding through.
5. Now to paint! Grab your brush or roller and begin the second coat of paint.
6. Once the second coat is completely dry, carefully remove your tape at a 45-degree angle to prevent paint peeling. If you notice any bleeding from underneath your tape, use a fine brush to patch this up.
7. Decorate the room, then invite your family and friends over to admire your handiwork
Have you recently redecorated? Have some great DYI tips? Share them with others in the comments below!