The most versatile shades for your kitchen

The kitchen is not just that room in the house where the food is cooked. It is the most essential room in a home as families spend most of their waking time in the kitchen and since it is the most used room, choosing the right colour is important.

Instead of choosing dark, dramatic colours which might become overwhelming in a few months, a simple, bright, yet comforting colour can make your kitchen the best room in your home.

Do not forget to take into consideration the availability of light that can change the appearance of your kitchen in major ways.



What can be more comforting than the colour white? Whether you have a traditional kitchen or a modern one, the colour white results in perfection every time.

There are endless possibilities for one to explore with home décor like crockery, jars, curtains, chairs, blinds and so much more as everything goes great with white.



Ivory is the best alternative for white. It is equally soothing and bright and will make your kitchen look fresh and clean. Ivory also complements easily with most home décor choices and so it is a safe bet.

If you worry about white being too stark then, ivory should be your next choice.


Grey is the most underestimated versatile colour in the palette and should be a popular choice for your kitchen if you have enough natural light to boast of.  Grey can be combined with red, green or yellow for a bit of contrast.


Add shades of green to give your kitchen a sophisticated look. You can do this with a mint or turquoise green feature wall.  This adds drama without becoming too overwhelming.

Another way to get a contemporary look for your kitchen is to have green walls with wooden cabinets.



Yellow in all shades are a welcome choice for kitchens as yellow perks you up and makes waking up to a cuppa in the kitchen an easy choice.

Since yellow is pretty neutral it can be used on all the walls and it will complement beautifully with most kitchen cabinets like bright white or light and dark wooden ones.


Happy Painting!


DIY Creative Paint Ideas for a Teenager’s Room

Presenting, six simple yet fun paint ideas for a teen’s room that are so easy to do. You could even get your teen involved (Good Luck, with that!).


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Use coloured washi tape to make simple decals/patterns on an empty wall for instant transformation. You can use bright coloured tape or just black on a white wall. Make simple patterns such as crosses, stars, dots, snowflakes if you are planning on filling an entire wall with patterns. All you need is tape measure, washi tape, pencil and scissors. You should start by marking your wall with tiny dots using the pencil. You can try by placing them around 5-6 inches apart so that it doesn’t look too crowded. Also do not make the decals too big – about 2 inches should be ideal size. If on the other hand you are only adding a wall feature to a particular section of the room then base the size of the washi tape art on the wall you are highlighting. These can be peeled off when your teen is bored of the trend and they can also be redone seasonally as this costs little or nothing to do.

Broad Stripes


Add stripes of fun to a teen’s room for just the right amount of fun.  To do this all you need to do is cut out broad strips of chart paper about 10-12 inches in width and paste it from the floor to the ceiling in straight lines. Or painter’s masking tape can also do the trick. Then colour only the exposed wall sections in a colour of your choice that contrasts or complements the base colour or the room decor. Once the paint has dried, remove the paper strips. Best part is you can also make a few stripes broader than the rest or paint vertically instead of horizontally. Just use your imagination.

Polka Dots


Add spots of colour to a teenage girl’s room with polka dots. For this project all you will need is a circle stencil or a circular sponge. You don’t need to make all the dots a single colour. You can use a gradient of colours from pink to magenta to lilac and purple.  Make sure you place the dots equidistant from each other so that the wall doesn’t look off balanced. You can use a pencil to marks the spots and measuring tape to measure the distances. You can choose not to cover the entire wall and only highlight one section of any one wall to complement the furniture or maybe even a lamp.



Create a head board silhouette for just a hint of fun in a fussy teen’s room. You can follow a generic theme or choose an idea that they feel strongly about. It could be an outline of the world or a city skyline. All you will need is a pattern that can be traced on to the wall, a flat brush or think permanent market and a steady hand.

Pin Stripes

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Create a riot of colour with a pin stripped wall. To start, you will need to buy syringes for each colour you are using. Fill a syringe with about 5ml of paint and after you have secured the floor with plastic sheets, start from the ceiling and slowly push the paint out of the syringe and allow it to drip down on the wall. The lines will start out thick at the top and eventually thin down towards the bottom. Some lines will run down straight and some might merge with the others but it will create a wonderful unique pattern and effect.  If you have some left over paint it can be recycled or else just invest in small cans of various colours.


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This idea not only adds a personal touch but also a lot of character without much fuss. Choose a sentence that is quirky or inspirational and start by writing it out with pencil from top to bottom. To ensure that you are writing in straight lines, use masking take to make horizontal lines across the wall above which you can write. This can be peeled off at the end. After you have finished, review and make changes if needed. Then go over the pencil writings with a flat paintbrush of a permanent marker to complete the look. Use black on a white wall for an classy effect.


Happy Painting!