I am a master at procrastination. Fact. It probably takes me about two years from the germination of an idea to actually putting it into practice. And painting walls is probably up there at the top of the list of ‘jobs I really need to do’ but can’t even contemplate the upheaval right now. It’s not just a simple job is it? Everything has to be put away/tidied up, furniture has to be moved, prep has to be done, and then it takes around two days before everything can go back to normal. Two days waiting for paint to dry before another coat can be applied. Sometimes as many as three coats, depending on the colour. So when I heard about Dulux‘s new range of one-coat paints called Simply Refresh, I was at the front of the queue for more info.
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Emerald Glade / Gentle Fawn
The One-Coat Guarantee
Now, I haven’t tried it yet but the Simply Refresh range promises to save time and give high quality coverage. Dulux are so confident of this it is covered by the One Coat Guarantee – assuring coverage in one coat or your money back. Can’t say fairer than that. And Simply Refresh is available in One Coat and Feature Wall – two carefully curated colour collections for both neutral and bold palettes to suit any and all decorating tasks. Don’t know about you, but this makes the thought of giving a fresh lick of paint to the whole house a lot less daunting and overwhelming. But there are also some simple ways to use it that you could do in a day.
Acai Berry / Blush Pink
A Feature Wall
No, the feature wall is not dead and buried. In fact it’s a great way to liven up a space without changing the colour scheme entirely. Or maybe you regret painting an entire room in pastel pink and wish you’d been braver with that dark shade you secretly wanted. Whatever the reason, don’t feel you have to paint into the corners. Anyone who has tried to paint a straight line into a wonky corner will know what I mean. A straight line achieved with masking tape 12″ in, will not only result in a better finish, but will also look a lot more contemporary.
Ink Well / Gentle Fawn
A Feature Arch
A feature arch is a bit trickier but still within the skills of a competent diy’er. Start by marking a circle out on the wall with a nail and a pencil on the end of a piece of string. Once you have the circle you can extend the sides down to the floor/skirting board with a straight edge and and masking tape. It’s a really nice way to add a feature to a room that is maybe lacking details. And try to resist the urge to put it bang smack in the centre of the wall if you don’t want it to look like a 80’s throwback.
Golden Sands / Timeless
A Feature Section
This might mess with the heads of anyone who likes a bit of symmetry, but it’s effective if you want to add colour but not overwhelm a space. Again, aim for an asymmetrical effect. And just to emphasise the intent, hang a shelf to one side too.
Natural Hessian / Decadent Damson
A Feature Alcove
I’m wishing I had an alcove to try this at home. Painting an alcove in a much deeper colour effectively makes it recede. Such a lovely idea for those WFH corners too.