by: Lifestyle Design Homes, BBC.com.uk
Create a warm and inviting Mediterranean bedroom with terracotta
walls. Create an aging effect with crackle-glazed furniture and
create features around the room with decorative swirls and patterns.
||Wall colour paint effect
Soften walls with a paint effect colour wash. Lightly brush
paint onto the walls. Then, using a dry brush gently brush off
the paint using different brush strokes. Oranges, peaches and
terracotta work well to give a great textured and aged look.
To add a rustic touch to furniture, cut out a square section
of a cupboard or wardrobe door. Nail chicken wire to the back
of the hole in the door. Staple gathered cream material behind
the hole to complete the look.
||Crackle glaze furniture
Apply your first coat with a water-based paint. When dry, apply
crackle medium. Apply a topcoat in different coloured paint.
Cover furniture with an antiquing varnish to seal. For another
aged effect, lightly sand the edges of varnished furniture.
To bring warmth and light into a room, remove any carpets and
paint the floor boards white. Seal with two coats of varnish.
||Artistic paint effects
Bring some artistic patterns into the room using terracotta,
cream, brown and yellow paints. Paint patterns of feather swirls
and olive leaves onto furniture. To enhance the effect, match
your design with curtain and duvet fabric.
If you have an unsightly radiator in your room, make a screen
using MDF fretwork. Coordinate the paint effect patterns around
the room with the style of the fretwork.
To age and add character your plain white or cream curtains,
mix up weak batch of coffee, add a tea bag, give it a good stir
and leave the curtains to soak in it for about half an hour.
Dry fabric on a washing line.
BBC's Lifestyle Design Home is a great resource for design inspiration
and diy tips: http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/design/