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If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to add interest to your walls using color blocks, in my post today you’ll see exactly how I created this bold, eye-catching feature wall in my bedroom. Share. Thanks to Dulux’s Simply Refresh Range, I was able to complete it within a day.
If you’re old enough to remember the late ’90s, you definitely remember “Changing Rooms.” A TV show where two designers and his two homeowners were challenged to create an entirely new space for the opposing team. When I moved to the UK in 2001, I quickly realized that television was well established and must-see. It was always a wild feeling to see each couple’s reaction when their room was revealed. Will they like it? Will they hate it? And nothing could be more fun as we all realized how versatile MDF really is after seeing how bold some of the design ideas were.
Well, you may have heard that Changing Rooms was rebooted on Channel 4 in 2021. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen returns to his OTT glam style (bold as ever and clad in leather!) and is joined on the show by his two new designers, Jordan and Russell. His 2LG Studio loves the clash of bright colors and pastels. Like its predecessor, it’s must-see TV with both teams using the show’s sponsor Dulux paint to create all the drama and excitement we’ve come to expect.
Dulux challenged me to create something fun and easy with paint to celebrate the return of changing rooms to our screens. Thankfully, I didn’t have to ask my neighbors to let me run free in their homes. I chose a plain corner of my bedroom and used the Simply Refresh range to create a cute organic color block feature that you can recreate yourself. The advantage of this paint is that it lasts in one coat, so you don’t have to wait between coats for the paint to dry and your project is completed in record time.
So, here’s the previous one…
And here’s what happens after…
Ready to create your own? Here’s what you need and how I did it…
- I used the Dulux Simply Refresh paint range: Natural Hessian, Raspberry Diva, Golden Sand and Pressed Petals. (This room was already painted Dulux Brilliant White, so there was no need to paint the white stripes.)
- Painter’s tape (I used it along the baseboards and door frame)
- floor protector
- 2 inch paint brush
- 3/4 inch paint brush
- large roller
- small roller
- paint tray
How to create free-form color blocking
Step 1: Create your design using a pencil
Painter’s tape makes it easy to create stripes of different colors, but I wanted something a little more organic and free-flowing, so I created the design freehand using a pencil and marked the location of each color block. I decided to mark it.
Don’t think too hard about it, relax your arms, and create waveforms with relaxed movements.
Step 2: Make adjustments with Pencil
Once the lines were complete, I stood up and made a few adjustments to the placement of the lines. You can see in this photo that I made a few changes, but the Dulux One Coat series easily covers the pencil lines, so it’s very forgiving of mistakes.
Step 3: Outline and fill in each block
Once I was happy with the line placement, I would be working one color at a time, so I first outlined each color block using a 3/4 inch brush to create a smooth outline. I then used a large paintbrush or roller to fill in the colors.
Step 4: Touch dry between sections.
Once each block was dry to the touch (it took less than 30 minutes as it was a very warm day!), I moved on to the next block, making sure my small paintbrush was fully loaded with paint. , draw smooth lines.
And we filled them one after another…(As you can see here, we have a very helpful inspector!)
With the Simply Refresh Range, you can make a bold statement in just one coat, so you don’t have to wait for recoats and get your projects done super quickly.
I was surprised at how thick and creamy the paint was and how good the coverage was. It did exactly what it said on the tin! The Natural Hessian color was still wet at the top, but it didn’t take long to dry. We were able to enjoy the room by that afternoon.
To complete the styling of this area, we used pieces that incorporate natural textures, flowers, and plants, in keeping with the pink and yellow color theme. A few books, some jewelry, and a candle and everything ended well.
Instead of a boring and plain corner, we now have a really cute corner! I was very impressed with the ease of use and coverage of the Dulux Simply Refresh range. In fact, one 2.5L can can cover his four walls in an average-sized room, so there’s still plenty of paint left in the can to do easier projects around the house. Masu.
If you’re looking to add some light, color, or personality to your space, the Simply Refresh range features 30 core colors and everything from fresh, modern neutrals and muted tones to darker, bolder tones. Available in 15 additional colors from the “Feature Wall” collection. Bright colors too. I’d like to know if this is a small project you’d like to try and which colors you would choose.
A big thank you to Dulux for sponsoring this post. Check out all the projects and inspiration from Changing Rooms here. I only work with brands that I truly love, so I think you’ll love them too. Thank you for supporting brands that support Swoon Worthy.