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Pick one wall and transform it with paint. Here’s how the touch of a brush can bring customised colour and pattern to dining spaces, living rooms and bedrooms

Whether you want to create a showstopping focal point or a neutral backdrop, a painted wall can work wonders. Try these brilliantly inexpensive ideas for personalised displays and features

Turn skirting into a stripe

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Image: Joanna Henderson

Bring something a little different to a neutral dining space with a flash of vivid colour.

The skirting board in this kitchen-diner has been painted an eye-catching saturated orange. The colour brings a sense of fun and character to the room, while helping to define the space.

Pick up the shade in tableware and floral displays – and why not take it onto.architraves, picture rails and doors, if you dare.

Neutralise with pastels

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Image: David Brittain

Feature walls don’t have to be bold and vivid. In this inviting living room, chimney breast and alcoves are painted the same neutral shade, but the fire surround carries a richer co-ordinating hue that creates a subtle central focus.

Upholstery and soft furnishings carry toning shades that further anchor the fire and hearth as the hero of the room and the space as the perfect cosy spot for relaxing.

Say it with stripes

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Image: Mark Scott

Horizontal stripes bring an instant modern lift to a space. Vary the thickness and spacing and the dynamics of the room change again.

Blue and white is an especially fresh and lively combination for dining rooms. Bring in Cornishware for a retro hit amongst acid yellow brights and lay a floorcovering of subtle blue and white diagonals to unify the whole.

Colour up with box frames

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Image: Joanna Henderson

Box shelving has untapped decorative potential. Hang four or five above a hallway table or a dining room sideboard and stagger their positions on the wall to create an interesting pattern.

Paint the wall behind each in a sassy shade to create a contrasting backdrop for the items you place there. This is a clever way to give something that functions as a shelf the decorative appeal of a picture.

Get subtle with stencils

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If you can’t find a wallpaper design that works for you, customise a single wall with a stencil design. In a neutral space, keep tones light and suggestive so pattern is hinted at rather than fully realised.

Rather than using a stencil all over, apply to a specified section of wall, such as the horizontal stripe shown here. Co-ordinate the shade you choose with furnishings and accessories.

Match solid colour and pinstripes

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Image: Mark Scott

Get big and bold with two feature walls instead of one. Choose adjacent walls and decide on a colour that works. Paint one wall a solid colour and the other with narrow vertical stripes at regular intervals.

Use white as your background colour to keep the look crisp and masking tape to create the stripes. In this kitchen-diner, white wall-hung shelving becomes part of the paint effect, breaking up the vertical run of the stripes and adding its own pops of accent red.

Use artwork, tableware and soft furnishings to carry scarlet accents.

Create a picture for a child’s room

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Be imaginative with a feature wall in a child’s room. This two-tone design has been created by masking a mountain range of triangles and painting the wall below the masking in a gentle peach.

Simple designs work best. Use the resulting pattern as a backdrop to open shelving and an anchor point in the room for the bed.

From the original article on the Ideal Home Show site, by the Good Homes Magazine editors.

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