Colour drenching. It’s not a new technique. The use of one colour over walls, woodwork, ceiling, in fact everything. I’ve used it myself when I wanted the furnishings and decorations to stand out rather than the uninspiring door frames and skirting boards. It’s especially effective in a small room as you can imagine. But I’ve never been bold enough to colour drench in such strong colours. Maybe it’s time I gave it a go?
Giallo 337. Bone China Blue – Faint 325.
Managing Director of Little Greene, David Mottershead says:
‘The beauty of colour drenching is that it can be applied to such a variety of different spaces. Whilst, you can’t make a small room larger, you can embrace the size of the space to create something that feels really engaging, inviting and contemporary.
Of course, when you use a monochromatic treatment to a room the lighting becomes an important issue as it will be the light and shade created by reflection which will display the architectural detail, rather than being picked out by the use of contrasting colour.
If painting all elements in one shade feels a little overwhelming, select a group of tonally coordinating colours and utilise across the room. ‘Garden’ and ‘Pea Green’ pair well for a subtle contrast with a colour drenching effect.’
Etruria 326. Hicks’ Blue 208.
Consider including skirting boards and ceilings within your scheme, David says:
‘White skirting boards are going out of fashion fast, but it’s the addition of the ceiling, window frames, doors and cabinetry that’s really taking off with the colour drenching approach. By considering a related colour or the same colour rather than white for the ceiling, the room will be more considered, complete and cohesive. Painting the ceiling and skirting boards in the same hue as the walls can really elongate the space, allowing the colour to remain the focal point creating a strong design statement.’
‘If you are worried that your room could become sombre or just too dark, choose a mid-strength colour such as ‘Etruria’ or ‘Garden’ which will give the power of colour without reduced light levels’
Garden 86. Scullery 318. Pea Green 91.
It would certainly take a lot of the decision making out of the equation!
All images courtesy of Little Greene.