Decor & Design

Colour Selection at the Cottage

Bev Bell

Colour Selection at the Cottage

When you think of the cottage, you visualize a relaxing and stress free environment. Updating your cottage with a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference when sprucing up your space.

Sometimes when we paint we choose safe neutral colours that go with everything. For this bedroom, we are going to take these safe white walls and shake it up a bit with warm rich colour. Introducing a new colour really transforms the space.

White Walls

When you are considering doing a colour change and you are not 100% sure you love the colour, wait fourteen days, chances are after you wait, you will love the colour.

For this room transformation we painted three walls Long John Grey and created a feature wall with the warm colour Cardinal Rouge using Beauti-Tone’s Designer Series paint.

To begin painting the wall you need to cut in first with a good quality angle brush. You should only cut 3-5 feet at a time. The reason you do this is to get a professional finish with an even sheen and colour throughout your room.

Cutting In Paint

Cutting can be tedious work and you probably just want to get it over with. Most times you would usually prefer cutting the entire room first and then painting the rest of the wall. This will cause hat banding where the cut area is darker than the rest of the wall.

When you paint you want to paint in a “W” pattern with your roller. This will give you solid coverage and the colour will blend easily without seeing any stops or starts. You are always working wet paint into wet paint.

What colours you choose for your space is a personal choice. Pick colours that speak to you and make you feel good. Style your room with things that are memorable and that mean something such as a cottage inspired print, a pillow that shows your Canadian pride, or a DIY project inspired by a day at the beach.

The essential decorating question I want to answer for everyone is, when choosing a colour it’s not how you want the room to look, but how you want to feel in that room.

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