Ask the designers
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At Dulux, we’re lucky enough to have a whole host of experts who are passionate about design. We’ve asked a few of them to put their heads together to tackle your latest burning question…
Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design Manager says…
It’s all about striking the right balance between a tidy space and one that still feels homely and lived in to create an inviting atmosphere. If you have any awkward areas, add a few simple touches to help people see how they can live in the space; a small nook beneath the stairs could have a nod towards a small home office. If your walls are looking tired, it doesn’t give the best first impression so for a quick and easy refresh add a new coat of Dulux Once to smarten things up in one go. Another trick to try is to create the illusion of space by placing a few cheap and cheerful mirrors around the place to reflect light around the room to open it up.
Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director says…
Have a major de-clutter. You want people to see themselves living in your home, so avoid too much personal stuff getting in the way of their vision. Memorable colour added in a few key places like the bathroom and main bedroom really helps to give a home character and makes it stand out from the crowd – If you have a tiny room in the house like a toilet or cloakroom, paint it in your favourite deep shade. Think about first impressions and add a fresh lick of paint to the most important places like the front door, entrance hall and living room.
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Our team share their top tips to help make your decorating project run oh-so smoothly…
• Did you know a paint roller can hold up to a tester pot’s worth of paint? After you’ve finished painting for the day, make sure you squeeze every last drop out with a paint scraper and pop it back into the tin. Waste not, want not!
• There’s no need to waste time washing brushes and rollers out at the end of the day if you’re going to be painting with the same colours the next day – wrap them up tightly with cling film ensuring no air can get in to dry them out. They’ll last a good few days like that.
• Before you close a tin of paint, give it a quick clean around the edge of the lid can with a cloth – this will stop bits of dried paint falling into the fresh paint when you open it next.