Your concise guide to choosing wall finishes

When deciding on a wall finish it is important to take lighting into consideration. Natural
light changes throughout the day and you can manipulate artificial light according to your
preference. To help your selection, paint squares (1m x 1m) in the sample colours you are
considering for your walls. If this is for your overall interior colour, use this technique in
more than one room and on more than one wall to experience the effect that light will have
on the space.

Bright rooms look larger and more inviting, so try keep your overall paint finish in soft,
lighter tones with focal walls to create interest. For smaller spaces we recommend sticking
to paint or wallpaper. Keep the room in one shade of a light tone – preferably in an off-
white. Dark colours absorb light and will make a room look smaller. Paint the trimmings and
skirtings in a lighter colour than your walls.

If you want to include a focal wall, try to create an overall balanced look by taking your
furnishings into consideration. It all depends on your style and how formal or informal you
would like the room to be. If fun and eclectic is your style, then make your focal wall pop in
colour! If you prefer a more formal and classic style, match your walls to small decor items in
the room, like a vase or a scatter pillow, to pull the colour through the room.
Paint in different finishes is also an option – there are now paints available that provide a
leather or suede finish.
Wallpaper will always stay in fashion – it is easy to apply and come in a variety of colours,
textures and patterns to suit every trend or style. Big bold florals have been ‘in’ for the
whole year and will create a classic, contemporary style.
Cladding walls in marble is definitely a trend at the moment – dramatic and classic. It can be
expensive, but there are alternatives on the market in form of porcelain tiles.
If you prefer a classic look, consider fabric grass cloth, linen or silk or wood paneling. These
options add texture and elegance to a room along with a sense of formality. Wood paneling
can be painted to match your colour scheme or just varnish it and let the timber speak for
itself.

Do you want to change the style often? The easiest wall covering is paint. There are no
structural elements that have to be removed before application and you can simply just
paint over old paint. Wall paper will need to be removed, but will also not be as time
consuming as changing paneling or tiles. Taking children and pets into consideration, paint is
always a great option as you can wipe off marks and dirt. Certain vinyl wallpaper is also an
option, as marks are easily removed.

We recommend completing all paint work before your floor covering is installed. Touch-ups
on paint work can always be done later. If you are not opting for an industrial look, keep
wiring and pipes to a minimum by hiding them in cornices or skirtings. Alternatively install
wall paneling or wall cladding to cover them.

A good rule of thumb is to work from the bottom up; start with selecting floors, then select
your wall colour – usually at least a shade lighter than your floors. Walls and floors don’t
need to match, but they do need to complement each other in style, texture and colour.
Use the wall finishing samples provided in your box to help find the right look. Have fun!