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abhayks
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Paint choice for feature wall

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Hi,

just made a feature wall. Added a pattern  using pine planks and painted on it. 
currently used Dulux Seude effect paint and the effects are plain ugly. 
we choose a dark shade and now the room looks small. 
I plan to put primer and then repaint it with some lighter shade. Which colour will look good ?
Any recommendations about Metalic effect range from Dulux. Any photos will be really appreciated.

Attached are photos of my current ugly

wall

 

 

 

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: Paint choice for feature wall

Hi @abhayks

 

I'm sorry to hear that your paint plans didn't go smoothly. Dark colours do tend to make a room smaller. They also become a point of focus because they're in contrast with everything else. A classic colour technique is to use a single colour with different tint strengths. For example, you painted your main wall in full strength Lexicon but instead of using this paint on the pine planks, you use half-strength. this will produce a subtle difference that will make the pine planks stand out. 

 

Another way to do it is to go full contrast painting the pine planks in a different colour. There are a great number of colour combinations you can do. Our paint providers have created a combination set to make it easier for you to choose. On your next visit to the store grab the brochures for interior paint. You'll see some amazing combinations that should give you ideas on how to paint your feature wall.

 

I've made some sketches with different colour combinations on them. Please have a look and tell me what you think.

 

Here is a link to our best advice: How do you choose the right paint colour?

 

Here are some links to handy guides.

 

 

Let me tag our experienced members @Monika1 and @craftyhopper for their recommendations.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

 

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craftyhopper
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Re: Paint choice for feature wall

Hi @abhayks 

 

You’ve done such a great job with the pattern.

I personally think that the pattern is the feature and should be painted in a flat colour.

If it were my room, I’ve been using Porters Paint in Yacht Race… but that’s because I’m a little obsessed with the colour!

With dark colours you need to consider your furniture and decor colours.

You could add some pendant lights to brighten it up.

 

Take a look at my master bedroom project using the Yacht Race colour.

 

https://www.workshop.bunnings.com.au/t5/Featured-Projects/VJ-panelling-bedroom-makeover/ta-p/76262

 

You could also try a slightly lighter colour like this….

 

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craftyhopper
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MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
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Re: Paint choice for feature wall

Hi @abhayks,

 

I thought I would just put my two cents in to say that I don't entirely feel that you've given this colour/suede effect a fair go. I believe any colour that is only half painted with a motley coverage like this will look horrid. I'd encourage you to finish the painting job and then make your decision. At the moment, you can see through the coating, and you need at least another coat, if not two, to cover. I'm not quite sure what is going on with the wet/dry look of the paint. Has it not dried there or have you played with the paint whilst drying?

 

Obviously, finishing the painting will not assist with stopping the darker colour making the room look smaller. Honestly, though, I believe the whole line of "Dark colours make a room look smaller." is a bit overused as a negative thing. Dark colours also make a room look cozy and, if accessorized well, are an excellent choice for areas like bedrooms.

 

Some application tips:

 

  • Apply the first base coat with the roller as you would usually paint.

 

  • Working in small sections, apply the second coat with the roller.

 

  • While the paint is still wet, apply a texture. Using a wide brush, dry roller or muslin, drag the paint in a random, overlapping pattern.

 

  • When painting, resist the temptation to touch up as you go, as it will ruin the effect.

 

  • Start in a top corner and work your way diagonally into the wall.

 

Once the painting is completed, if it still looks terrible, I'll be the first one to suggest you paint over it. If you're not happy with the look, it needs to go. However, I can envisage what this would look like when completed correctly, and I don't think the current look reflects what the finished result will be at all.

 

Mitchell

 

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abhayks
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Re: Paint choice for feature wall

Thanks All.

@craftyhopper you have done excellent job. Room looks great. 

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Bluetooth
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Re: Paint choice for feature wall

We did a small room recently in Dieskau, and it looks great.

 

Dieskau is a welcoming greige with a warm, slightly mauve undertone. Soft and subtle, Dieskau is perfect for any space inside the home and ideal if you're wanting to achieve the Hamptons look with trim in crisp white such as Lexicon® Half or Vivid White™.

 

Check it out on the Bunnings website, and rock that Hamptons look!

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