Are you in a rented home? Do you want to know how to bring colour in without completey redecorationg?

Are you a tenant? or are you trying to sell your home?

If you fall into either of these then you need to read on.

Bringing colour into you home can be easier than you think. Being a tenant can be a strain when you love interiors especially colour and it’s written in you contract that you cant paint you accommodation. Well have come up with some solutions and how not to lose your deposit. Or you maybe lucky enough to be allowed to decorate but only using Neutral colours. Here is what you can do to add that burst of colour onto a neutral palette!

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What costs less than wallpaper, prints or posters? Our Painthouse tester tubes! Try your favourite colour combo out by simply painting your colour on some artists thick acrylic paper (such as Daler Rowney system 3) and then frame them. Use picture mounts – found easily online – to make them look super-slick. The best thing about this idea is that you can quickly and cheaply change your wall decor when you get bored and want to try a new colour palette.

Wall Décor Colour used Wyatt and Avery

Wall Décor Colour used Wyatt and Avery

Want to achieve a bigger impact with more wall coverage? Bare canvas can be bought in a wide array of sizes online and is also easier to hang than traditional picture frames. You could hang varying sizes of canvas painted all in one colour, in different colour combinations or you could hang one large canvas and make a bold statement with some colour blocking.


Did we tell you that our paint goes on walls, ceilings and wood yet? So, get creative and paint your storage for an instant statement piece. The paint combination on these wardrobes could be applied to any two, three or four panelled stand-alone wardrobes, or even on chests of drawers. Choose different hues from one colour as shown here or choose contrasting colours for a pop art effect.

Wardrobes in Sienna, Blake and Joseph

Wardrobes in Sienna, Blake and Joseph

Similarly, you can create an impact with colour by painting wooden dining chairs around your table. One 750ml tin of paint should approx. cover 4 dining chairs in two coats. For more information on things to consider when painting different surfaces, such as unfinished wood, pre-painted or stained wood,

Chairs in Hans, Liv and Penelope

Chairs in Hans, Liv and Penelope

Things to consider when painting different surfaces with Painthouse paint.

Painthouse paint is a water-based, flat matt, interior paint that works on walls, ceilings and wood. Yep – that's right – no more confusion or procrastinating over different finishes for your walls and woodwork. Brilliant.

Maybe you want to paint your built-in wardrobes the same colour as the adjoining walls for a seamless look, or maybe you want to paint your bannisters the same colour as the landing wall. Maybe you just fancy trying that colour you love on various different things around your house because you can't get enough of it; walls, ceiling, chest of drawers, skirting, kitchen cupboards, photo frames – you get the picture.

But what you might want to consider when painting multiple surfaces, is that their condition may have an effect on the final colour and finish. So – here are a few guidelines to getting the perfect finish on different surfaces.

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Water based paint gives great coverage on plaster and carries colour pigment really well.

Painthouse paint - including our Fire Retardant range - can be applied over pre-painted or brand-new walls, with no base coat required. A minimum of two coats is recommended. Any wallpaper should be completely stripped and the wall sanded and cleaned.

Unfinished Wood

When painting unfinished wood, the paint can sometimes be applied without a primer, but it might be worth trying it out on a small patch before committing to the whole project. If you find there is an issue with the paint adhesion (how well it sticks) or if there are dark knots or grain that show through, you can use a primer, a knot sealer or a stain blocker before painting the recommended two coats of paint. For really tough stains we recommend a shellac-based primer.

A primer gives wood a better surface for paint to stick to as well as a smoother overall finish. You can use a multi surface primer, or a wood primer, but you can also thin Painthouse paint with 10% water and use it as a primer. Before you prime, make sure the wood is clean and sand it slightly to open the grain and give the primer something to grab.

If the wood is extremely absorbent however, we recommend using a sealer. The general rule of thumb is to apply two coats of sealer directly onto raw wood. It will protect the wood and create a barrier. Then apply a coat of primer and then your paint.

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Pre-painted and stained wood

When painting on to pre-painted wood, especially gloss, mid-sheen or silk finish paint, make sure you clean it first to get rid of any grease, dirt or dust, and then sand it to get rid of any paint flakes and to give it a good base for primer. Again, you can thin Painthouse paint with 10% water to use as a primer.

Whatever you end up painting, the great thing about our flat matt paint is that it has a smooth velvety, non-reflective texture (giving added richness to deeper colours) which doesn't reflect light in the same way that gloss or silk paints do, so it works better at disguising imperfections and uneven surfaces and means colour looks more consistent in changing light.

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Finally, get inventive. There is a wealth of unique shelving available out there which you can easily personalise with our versatile Painthouse paint and fill your walls with colour. Painting display cabinets, shelves and wooden picture frames is a brilliant way to inject some colour into a room and bring your personality into your rented home.

Shelf painted with Milo

Shelf painted with Milo

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