Five ways to get the most out of your paint scheme

Let’s take a look at five simple ways to get the most out of your interior paint scheme.

Paint the ceiling a colour 

Yes, that’s right, out with the old boring white ceiling and in with the bold and beautiful! Add a feature pendant light and watch the mood of your room completely change.

I’m in love with this green ceiling pictured below. Use some of this season’s elegant but bold colours; burnt orange, grape purple, deep green, teal or mustard yellow. Experiment, it’s fun and easy! If you need more persuasion, have a peruse through Pinterest and score some yummy ideas.

Test your colour before painting the whole room. Trust me!

Grab a test pot and on a large A2 sheet of card, paint two coats, leaving a 2cm border around the edge. Place this card in different areas of the house (north and south facing) and examine it during the day and night.

Natural and artificial lighting have an enormous effect on the paint colour. The same colour will look different depending on the orientation of the space; north facing rooms tend to make colours look warmer while south facing rooms make colours look cooler.

Likewise with artificial lighting; a cool LED will keep your bright whites fresh (great for a white bathroom) while a warm LED will make your paint colour look warmer and whites creamier. There’s a whole raft of tricks when it comes to paint and lighting!

found via, Abigail Ahern's Dark and Dramatic East London Home
found via, Abigail Ahern’s Dark and Dramatic East London Home

If you’re going dark…

…consider using a multi-pigmented paint in a flat or low sheen. This will give you a great perception of depth; walls that will draw you in and hug you rather than slap you in the face. Using a flat finish will help disguise surface imperfections. However, I still recommend a level 5 plasterboard finish. Finally, make sure you nail your lighting. Have plenty and dimmable so you can control the mood.

found via
found via

Get your colour strength right

If you’d like your ceiling to be the same colour as your skirting and/or walls, then make your ceiling 1-2 shades lighter. Ceilings receive less light so will always appear darker.

Decorating is all about taking risks

Even the pro’s get it wrong from time to time. If you make a mistake, just take a step back, put your detective hat on and ask yourself what the missing link is, what’s not quite working? Then tweak until voila! Magic happens! I know I keep harping on about this, but it truly is the big risks you take that will pay off tenfold and become your most favourite feature within your home. Promise! Yes, there’s loads to learn when it comes to paint, so if you’d like to fast track your skillset, join me at my paint colour workshop and learn all of the tricks of the trade!

Yes, there’s loads to learn when it comes to colour, so if you’d like to fast track your skillset and take more “calculated” risks, join me at my paint colour workshop and learn all of the tricks of the trade! 


EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR MY NEXT PAINT COLOUR WORKSHOP IN JUNE, held here in Riverhead, have just gone on sale. Places are limited due to space; the previous workshop sold out fairly quickly. Click below to secure your spot. Looking forward to seeing you for a fun evening!

Remember, if you still have a burning question to do with paint, hit “leave a reply” below and I will answer your questions asap!

See you next week,

Hayley x




Interior Designer, BDVA (HONS)

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