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BEFORE & AFTER - CONCORD STUDY

As your children grow and their needs change, so does the way they use spaces within the home. Children tend to grow out of the need for a dedicated playroom after a certain age, preferring to spend more time in their bedrooms. My recent clients in Concord had arrived at this very juncture of their lives. They had a lovely room, under-utilised by the children and they were desperately in need of a dedicated study space.

We added doors to the room for privacy, but kept it light and airy with the use of glass panelled doors. A large bookcase was brought in to house photos, books and work related materials. A free standing desk facing out to the living room connects the user of the study to the rest of the house, and the addition of an oversized armchair brings warmth and allows all family members to be able to utilise this room.

I am thrilled with the result, as are my clients.

Colour tips and tricks for your home

Sometimes we have tricky spaces in our homes that need a little more thought when it comes to applying paint colour - hallway very long, ceiling too low, ugly utilities cupboard, etc.  I have put together below a few colour designer tips to help in those tricky spaces:

1.  Long hallway or long narrow room

If your room is long and narrow and you want to make the proportions feel different, paint the end wall a dark or warm colour to make it appear closer.  As a rule, dark or warm colours advance, and cool colours recede - a very simple rule to use when choosing paint colours for every room in your house.  It will also draw your eye to the end of the hall rather than the narrow sides.

2. Hide your eyesores with paint

Air vents and manholes should always be painted the same colour as the wall or the ceiling - there is no need to make a feature of them.  

Flat or matte paints do not reflect any light, so they hide imperfections on walls, however they are not easy to clean, so not always practical for a family home.  Wallpaper is a great option for imperfect walls, or a textured or speciality finish paint can make a feature of these imperfect walls.

IMAGE:  CARMEN PARKER STYLING 

IMAGE:  CARMEN PARKER STYLING 

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IMAGE SOURCE:  PORTERS PAINTS (FRESCO)

3. Low ceilings

To raise a ceiling, paint it a lighter colour than the walls - even if you have a modern space, without cornices, the lighter ceiling will recede and the room will feel less oppressive.  Another trick is to bring the ceiling colour down the walls - paint two thirds of the wall in a contrasting colour to give the illusion of a higher ceiling.

Also, hanging curtains from the ceiling to the floor will elongate a space, as will vertical stripes painted on a wall.

IMAGE SOURCE:  PINTEREST

IMAGE SOURCE:  PINTEREST

IMAGE SOURCE:  CARMEN PARKER STYLING

IMAGE SOURCE:  CARMEN PARKER STYLING

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4.  Add some interest!

Skirtings and window frames don't have to be white! Black frames are my personal favourite, making any interior appear more sophisticated, but you can be bold with other hues as well.

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IMAGE SOURCE:  PINTEREST

IMAGE SOURCE:  PINTEREST

IMAGE SOURCE:  PINTEREST

IMAGE SOURCE:  PINTEREST

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If you are repainting your home and need some professional help selecting colour, click through to the Services page for more information regarding Colour Consulting services, or complete the contact form to receive a quote.