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Through paint we get colour and texture.

Paint Explained
Choosing paint can be daunting as most of us have the experience of a darker colour we thought we chose and/or a wall we can't live with.

How Much Paint you will need can be calculated, per coat, as follows:
Measure the perimeter of your room and multiply the number by the height of one wall. Add together the measurements of each door, window etc. and subtract from the total amount. Divide this final number by the paint can's spreading rate. Alternatively, give your paint advisor the surface amount and let them figure it out!

Flat Paint - is a dull, flat finish paint that is perfect for living rooms and other low-activity areas.
Eggshell Paint - has more shine than flat and works well in kid's rooms as they clean easier.
Semi gloss Paint - has more shine that eggshell and is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
Gloss Paint - a gloss finish made for doors, trims and other small areas.

Painting your Walls Look at the room and it's fabrics, materials and elements. Choose your favourite existing colour. Ask your paint person for sample cards in colours complementing to the one you chose. Take a couple of testers and paint these on 50 x 50cm cardboard. Place it against the wall to be painted and look at it in daylight/nightlight, with the curtains open and closed.

Painting a Ceiling can add wonderful interest to decor. Lighter colours will lift the ceiling and reflect daylight. Darker colours will lower and add intimacy and glow richly from (candle or other) light.

NOTE: when finished painting, store tins upside down - this will keep the paint from drying much longer. Air is enemy no1 to paint and you should ideally poor little amounts out at a time and NEVER paint from the can.

Floors act as anchors and affect interiors greatly.

It is not often that we can simply tire and replace flooring. But we can cover them up with loose rugs. Always choose rugs according to the person who mostly uses the room. In children's bedrooms opt for age-appropriate easy-to-wash rugs. In the bathroom, again easy-to-wash is a must.

Keep in Mind... Neutral tiles are more budget-friendly than bright colourful ones.

Windows need not be expensive or a daunting prospect.

Play with windows and don't be scared to get the scale completely 'wrong'. Add high, wide curtaining, open and tied-back, to small windows - thus creating a fantastic focal point and keeping large curtains large.

For breezy effect tie see-through table runners next to each other by means of ribbon, to the curtain pole. You can add to these or take some off, depending on your needs. They can be replaced easily and cheaply too.

Always opt for good-looking, budget-friendly alternatives until you can afford and install curtains and blinds of your wish list. Never opt for the more expensive second-best, because you will get stuck with it. Rather go for liveable 3rd best and have no pressure to love and live with it forever.
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