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Transform every room with paint!

Need instant impact for next to nothing? Paint is the answer – and we’ve got the ideas to prove it

THE VERY BEST CREATIVE HACKS TO...

Paint is one of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to completely change the look of a room and, if thought about creatively, can make an incredible style statement too. Over the next few pages you’ll find ideas to suit every skill level, starting with colour blocking and DIY paint effects, leading up to bold geometric designs, all with expert advice to guide you. You’ll never look at a bare wall the same again, trust us.

Colour blocking

Images Little Greene; Talking Tables

GOOD IDEA

Utilise the shapes your home already has for a spot of colour blocking

Colour blocking is the act of painting an expanse of wall space or a simple shape with one solid accent hue, then either contrasting it against a continuous background (usually white) or a series of other colour-blocked areas. Think of it as the ‘fill’ tool in Microsoft Paint – use it to colour-up interesting features or create new ones.

Accents? Go for bold!

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About Homestyle

Breathing new life into your home gives you the chance to really challenge your creativity – especially if you want statement style on a shoestring budget. This issue’s four real homes show just how far you can let your imagination soar; from Rebecca McNamara’s hand-painted willow mural (p.20) and Clare Morton’s unifying monochrome scheme (p.26), to Morgan’s fabulous floral staircase (p.43) and Corinne’s unique ways with vintage fabrics (p.50). Cover girl Joanna’s kitchen is a masterclass in getting a designer look for less (p.100) – you won’t believe her worktops aren’t marble! Plus Lisa’s hallway (p.94) and Jane’s bathroom (p.106) are crammed full of incredible ideas to transform the smallest areas in the house. Speaking of small spaces, many of us are making our rooms work double-duty to get even more bang for our buck. Whether that’s an office/bedroom or a living room/dining area, we’ve got savvy tips to squeeze every last inch out of your home – without scrimping on style. Turn to page 72 to get started. Also, there’s decorating inspiration a-plenty on page 66, where we get to grips with three different floral trends, and six pages of painted wall fabulousness on page 60. Enjoy the issue!