While it's a big commitment (and not always possible when renting) to paint out walls in strong colours, you can be clever with your choice of neutral paints to give the perfect base to create a look. Painting a house using neutral colours when selling is also a way to appeal to the majority of buyers. By embracing colour and pattern in a different way you can create a sense of home.
Sometimes people don't know what they want style-wise.
1. Concept boards can really help you to pin down a colour scheme and ensure you and your other half agree on a look. You get a feeling when you know you have hit on the right scheme.
2. When planning your home, don't rush. Get the base right (walls and floors) so you can layer up with lights, fabrics and accessories which compliment your base colours.
3. There are all sorts of apps and tools to help you choose the right paint.
4. Colour is rarely as it looks on the paint card. So buy a tester and paint a large piece of card.
Rather than painting a section of the wall, a painted card allows you to walk around the space, trying out the card on different walls to see the varying effects of light.
It also allows you to position the card next to the floor, as getting the paint colour to work with the other largest surface in the room, the floor, should be your first goal.
1. Farrow & Ball Strong White
Our go-to neutral for contemporary design schemes, this soft off-white with a hint of warm grey lifts
artwork and warm accent colours to another level. We used it recently in our show homes project.
2. Little Green French Grey
This soft grey paint offers the perfect elegant mid tone. It works equally well in a classic or
contemporary style. At My-Studio we like to use it as a base for super modern pieces.
3. Farrow & Ball Dimity
This neutral paint with a hint of red perfectly offsets fabrics with a red base and adds texture to a scheme.
4. Dulux Ash White
This super cool off-white neutral has a very classical look and was typical of the Palladian style. We've used it with contemporary styling for a more original look and it's perfect for modern country.
Colour is a very personal choice so look for references in your life such as artwork or to nature as a starting point. I always look to my clients wardrobes as initial inspiration for their schemes, the clues to their style are right there!
Clare Weeks is an Ealing Interior Designer & Stylist at My-Studio.
She has worked for high-profile clients alongside top London designers, including Suzy Hoodless, who Harper’s Bazaar called “Britain’s brightest taste-maker.”
Clare’s recent interiors projects include a West London family townhouse and styling luxury show homes for London developers, as well as previous projects including an award-winning Knightsbridge restaurant and a Baccarat event atMonocle magazine for London Design Week.
Clare trained at The Interior Design School in London, following in the footsteps of renowned designers such as Nicky Dobree and Annemarie van Riet.
She set up My-Studio to draw on a mix of styles that build a clear and distinctive look for confident clients who want something different.
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Thanks to Clare for sharing her expert tips for how to choose a neutral paint colour when selling or letting your property! It just goes to show that magnolia is not your only choice!
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