The room: Tom and Richard’s living room, transformed by Russell and Jordan into a brilliant party pad that fizzes with golden colour – and a Jackson Pollock-esque splattered paint effect.
Jordan and Russell’s inspiration: Design with "one foot in the past and one foot in the future" – in other words, combining period influences (like the room's earthy, heritage colour) with edgier, contemporary elements (glossy surfaces and urban paint effects).
The colour scheme: Walls coated in Brass Buckle, with a confident splash of Honest Indigo to add a bit of edge to this lively space. Looking for some expert tips in choosing a colour palette in your home? Dulux Select decorator Steph can talk you through the best way to choose the perfect shade for your space here.
What we learned: Taking a single colour across every surface, wrapping it around walls, the ceiling, door and woodwork, will create a super-modern, immersive space. Also: getting creative can be a messy business – one of the designers ended up donning a bin bag to protect himself from paint flicks.
The project we’ll leave to the professionals: Anything involving paint effects! If you lack Russell and Jordan’s confidence - and a Changing Rooms crew - for a complex paint job, the our Dulux Select Decorators website can recommend a specialist professional decorator in your area.
Best quote: When Russell describes the blue feature wall as a “portal to the future”, Anna responds: “Where you see the future Russ, I see an alcove.”
Made by Marianne: “Brass Buckle, used in Tom and Richard’s home, has a wonderful, heritage quality to it, making it perfect for this retro-inspired brief. However, it is a strong choice that might not suit everyone’s tastes so perhaps consider using a similar ‘mid-tone’ shade on the walls and ceiling to create a super modern, yet cosy feeling. Mid-tone colours are neither dark and moody nor pale pastel – on our Dulux colour cards, you can pinpoint mid-range shades as they sit in the middle of each column of colour. Elegant, neutral colours like Soft Stone, Soft Truffle and Perfectly Taupe would work well or perhaps something a tad more colourful such as Dusted Fondant, Overtly Olive or Nordic Sky as ‘wrap-around’ colours to be used on walls and ceilings. Just remember to lighten and brighten things up with accessories that will create some contrast.”