How to update your home with fresh paint and colour for spring 2022

The USP of the Heritage range is that it’s luxurious yet wipeable, and more practical than most matt finishes. Marianne suggests using it in a relaxed and grown-up setting like a bedroom or living room, ‘any room in which you want a touch of well-deserved luxury’.

From £19.18 for 1 litre, Homebase.

Make a statement with copper or concrete

For the industrial look that is much-desired but not seen in many homes, why not play around with a special-effect paint? Scottish brand Craig & Rose has created on-trend concrete and copper finishes as part of its Artisan Special Effects range. ‘A distressed metallic wall or polished concrete is a favourite of interior designers with a large budget,’ says Jane Rockett, co-founder of interiors e-tailer Rockett St George, which stocks the brand. ‘These paints achieve that look at a fraction of the cost and add a gorgeous, unique finish to any space.’

She suggests using the concrete finish in larger spaces, such as an open-plan kitchen or living area, where you can fully appreciate the effect, and adding other natural textures like wood and greenery to give greater depth.

Craig & Rose’s warming Copper Effect is brought to life by dragging a brush over the surface while the paint is still wet, and can subsequently be treated with a patina solution to create a rust effect. ‘I have seen this used up a stairway and on a landing – it looks spectacular in those spaces that can often be overlooked,’ says Jane. She advises practising on a piece of board first to get familiar with the paints, then using a roller for the first coat and a brush for the second. ‘Apply in sweeping movements and once you’ve got to grips with it, go for it and enjoy creating something remarkable!’

Pots start at £6.20 for 125ml, craigandrose.com and rockettstgeorge.co.uk​.

Go luxe with lime wash

If you’ve been drawn to the textured, earthy walls peppering your Instagram feed, then there’s probably one name responsible: Bauwerk. This Australian company specialises in natural lime washes, which react with the air on application to create a matt, stone-like finish. Emma Shone-Sanders, co-founder of interior design studio and store Design & That, has used Bauwerk both in her boutique and at home. ‘There’s something almost dream-like about the build-up texture, which adds a depth and interest to the walls and space,’ she says.

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