The Transformative Power of a Coat of Paint Before Christmas

There’s still time you know. Seven weeks is more than enough time to refresh a room with a brand new coat of paint. It might be that the guest bedroom is looking really tired and not very welcoming lately. Or that the hallway has seen a few too many knocks this year. Or maybe it’s the living room that you’re not too happy with. And my advice at this time of year is just to get on with it. And if it’s inspiration you need, you’ve come to the right place.

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The Transformative Power of a Coat of Paint Before Christmas

Chalk Paint in Oxford Navy and Old White, baubles in Emperor’s Silk, wrapping paper in Oxford Navy.

Show the hallway some love with a wash of navy blue. It’s a colour that is forgiving of sticky fingers, scuffs and the odd muddy paw print. But don’t just splash it on the walls – continue the same colour over the skirting boards and ceiling too for a more dramatic entrance. Painting furniture to match the walls will also make a small space appear bigger. How fabulous does it look with the minimum of white and bright splashes of red?

The Transformative Power of a Coat of Paint Before Christmas

Chalk Paint in Chateau Grey,Old White, Scandi Pink, Olive, advent calendar in Olive ticking.

Even if you don’t have a designated dining room for the festivities, it’s worth considering painting the wall behind the dining table a bright new shade. Green always looks fresh and welcoming and is the perfect foil for a decorative scheme based on natural textures. Try experimenting too with fancy mouldings to create a modern take on traditional panelling. Add a scrubbed pine table and unfussy decorations and you have the perfect spot for casual dining or a late Christmas brunch.

The Transformative Power of a Coat of Paint Before Christmas

Chalk Paint in Athenian Black and Old White, baubles in Emperor’s Silk and Paris Grey, Linen Union table cloth.

Nothing says dramatic like an all, or nearly all, black scheme. Amp up the glamour with crystal droplets, polished cutlery and silver bows. This table setting will come into it’s own after dark when candlelight flickers and the table itself takes centre stage. But it’s a practical setting too. Bench seating allows more bottoms to squeeze in, and that grey linen tablecloth will never need to see even a glimpse of an iron.

The Transformative Power of a Coat of Paint Before Christmas

Chalk Paint In Old White, Honfleur, Chicago Grey.

It’s easy to ignore the guest bedroom when it gets used so rarely. But in order to make guests feel welcome it really does need some love now and again. An off white shade will brighten the room up no end without making it feel cold. While a few fairy lights and a vase of something green will make it look like you have gone to some effort. Even if you haven’t.

All paints and images are from Annie Sloan.

 

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