Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PAINT: Quick Change; These Fabulous New Paint Colours Will Transform Your Home, Discovers Barbara Chandler

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PAINT: Quick Change; These Fabulous New Paint Colours Will Transform Your Home, Discovers Barbara Chandler

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

PAINTING a room, a feature wall or even just a door is the most popular Easter weekend challenge, says a report by London's top DIY stores. It's relatively cheap and quick and if it all goes wrong, it's so easy to change.

it's all in the planning Experiment with tester pots under different lights and next to different shades. Then shop around, as prices can vary widely. A check showed 5L of Dulux brilliant white emulsion for PS10 at Tesco and Wilco; PS15 at Homebase; PS17 at Asda and PS24 at B&Q. A litre of coloured emulsion covers about 12-13 square metres. Prices range from about PS17 for mass-market brands to PS45 for "designer" labels. Big DIY shops will be closed on Easter Sunday, but Wickes and Homebase open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday, and B&Q until 8pm. Browse designerpaint.com to see all the top brands/collections in one place, with next-day delivery from numerous London Brewers branches (closed Sunday and the bank holidays). Get 20 per cent off when you use our readers code EST207.

paint gurus Brewers' Melanie Adams suggests you unify an awkward-shaped room with a single hue. "And paint a space a shade of green that leads into the outside -- it will seem much bigger."

Interior designer Nicky Haslam's first paint range at Paint the Town Green in Allfarthing Lane, SW18, is inspired by minerals and gemstones (check opening times on 020 8871 0531; paintthetowngreen.biz). Find Little Greene's chalky heritage hues at 3 New Cavendish Street, W1 (020 7935 8844). Book a personal session with a colour consultant.

Farrow & Ball is favourite for creamy, rich, chalky shades, with stores all over London and trained consultants (farrow-ball.com; 01202 876141). Ask about using several shades of the same colour in a room, for door, skirting, windows and radiators. Bring interest to an alcove or ceiling with a deeper shade. Paint effects are big, says Rebecca Craig of Sanderson, especially the ombre shaded watercolour look. See "how to" videos at dulux.co.uk and diy.com.

Stains simply wipe away from Dulux's EasyCare range(PS27.80 for 2.5L). The Dulux app turns any colour into a paint shade and you can order testers, find stockists and even see your re-painted room. Dulux consultant Marianne Shillingford says go bright for spring with clean, warm shades in blocks or stripes, or try classic harmonising neutrals.

Get up to five Crown A4 "real paint" samples for PS2.99 to pin on walls or take shopping. Crown "paint talk" people are on 0330 024 0281 from 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 8am to noon on Saturdays.

find inspiration Zoffany has 19 new paint shades for spring. "Use intense, rich hues to show off art and special collections," says Peter Gomez, head of design.

Homebase, bought by Australian DIY group Bunnings, just opened the first revamped and renamed store in St Albans, with keen prices and trained advisers (0345 646 3333). …

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