A Lick of Paint
Quick and simple to apply, paint is a wonderful way to transform and revitalise a home. Whether adding an instant burst of vibrant colour, an intriguing finish or effect, or just a fresh coat of paint to brighten up tired walls Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ todayÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s paints have it all.
Words by Emma Spencer-Smith.
Colour has been long associated with mood and feeling, and how you choose to decorate your walls can create or kill the desired ambience. Companies such as Benjamin Moore, Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Ralph Lauren and Restoration Hardware are taking colour one step further with their innovative paints that impart not just colour, but can also be used to add texture, create glamourous finishes and effects, and (more functionally) are mould-resistant – perfect for that chic home in the humid Caribbean.
Putting the ‘fun’ into functional, these paints elevate your abode to the next level. Apply a transparent topcoat of Benjamin Moore’s Glitter Effect over any paint for instant sparkle, or Valspar’s Brushed Pearl Finish which, when close to incandescent light, adds an iridescent sheen to wane walls. Alternatively, create a practical and playful feature wall with Benjamin Moore’s washable Chalkboard Paint.
Get in touch with Mother Nature and use paints and effects inspired by the environment. Try Ralph Lauren’s River Rock – mimicking water-worn rocks these paints are available in subdued, natural colours that inspire calm. Bringing nature indoors, Sherwin Williams’ Decorative Embossed Leaves take the natural texture of leaves from the tree to your home. Appeal to your eco-warrior alter ego with paints from Benjamin Moore and Restoration Hardware which exceed the most stringent of safety standards. Virtually odour-free, mouldresistant, and low/no-VOC, these environmentally-friendly paints come in a wide range of colours and tones.
Want to add texture minus the hassle of hanging fabric or plaster? Valspar’s Venetian Plaster looks and feels like smooth marble on your walls, creating a rich and voluptuous colour with tonal highlights. Similarly, bring tactile warmth to your walls with Ralph Lauren’s Suede, developed to evoke the supple hand of brushed suede.
Create intrigue and drama with metallic-finish paints from Sherwin Williams Faux Impressions range, Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics and Valspar Brilliant Metals. Ideal for a feature wall, these paints have a distinctive, polished finish with a three-dimensional luster, which shimmers in the light and is guaranteed to bring glamour to any space.
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