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Update walls with a painted clouding effect

Dulux’s Creative Director, Marianne Shillingford, tells us how to create this eye-catching look. this clouding effect is easy to achieve with very little paint on an almost dry emulsion brush

YOU WILL NEED • paint brush • Denim Drift Flat Matt, £24.49 per 2.5l, Dulux • Mineral Mist Flat Matt, £24.49 per 2.5l, Dulux

1 Paint the whole wall in the background colour denim drift.

2 Once dry, paint a 30cm band of a deeper shade just above the skirting board.

3 Use just a small amount of the deeper colour on the brush to blend upwards.

4 Soften the look by blending downwards with a small amount of denim drift.

5 Carry on blending until you are happy with the effect.

Introduce character with decorative mouldings

Add some traditional detailing to a blank space or give your modern new-build an interesting feature with some decorative mouldings. All it takes is a bit of careful planning, cutting and measuring and you can transform your space in an afternoon. John Carney, Managing Director of Cheshire Mouldings, explains: ‘The majority of small mouldings are very straightforward to fit. Simply cut your piece of moulding to size, and mitre the end to an angle, if needed. Then to fix them into place use a small amount of PVA glue and hold firmly until secure.’

Stencil a sisal rug

A stencilled floor is a great way to introduce colour and pattern to a room. The experts at The Stencil Library show us how…

4 hours


• sisal mat, try Ikea • SIB19-L Elizabethan stencil, £68, The Stencil Library • emulsion, in your choice of colour • tube of magenta acrylic paint • fabric medium • masking tape • two large stencil brushes • retractable tape measure • two long lengths of string • paper towel • pencil • plate

1 Position the stencil in the centre of the rug so that the stencilled pattern finishes symmetrically between both opposing edges. To find the centre of the mat stretch a length of string diagonally from one corner to the other and secure both ends firmly with tape. Secure another string between the opposite diagonals. Both strings will cross at the centre of the mat. Align the stencil with this halfway mark. Use a tape measure to centre the stencil before taping into position.

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Is it just me, or do you love the month of May too? Not only does it feel like summer is on the way, but we also get those cheeky bank holidays to enjoy. For many of us the longer, warmer days mean that it’s the perfect time to tackle those decorating jobs we’ve been thinking about. In this issue we’ve got plenty of expert advice to help you plan your next decorating project and redesign your rooms like a stylist (p.36). If you’re thinking about updating your bathroom, then we’ve got some great monochrome schemes to inspire you (p.48), plus three readers share their own bathroom transformations with us (p.24) and they’ve got plenty of great ideas for you to steal. If, like me, you have a tiny kitchen, you’ll love our clever suggestions and smart solutions to make the most of the space you have (p.54). Now that summer is on the horizon, our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors. On page 106 we discuss how to turn your alfresco space into an extension of your home. From balconies to terraces, patios to decks, we’ve got ideas for every space, no matter how big or small. If you’re a fan of street food, check out our delicious recipes on page 100 which will show you how to recreate all your favourite dishes at home. The Bajan fish cakes are really delish! Finally, to help you with your bank holiday projects we’ve put together a special free magazine to accompany this issue, full of quick and easy ideas to revamp your home in just a few hours. Happy decorating!