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The weekend project: How to colour drench a corner

Don't you love Christian and Charlotte's living room makeover on Changing Rooms this week? Designer Whinnie Williams oversaw a California-inspired scheme with textured wallpaper, painted radiators to match and a colour drenched zone that just oozes creativity. We couldn’t get enough of the drenching so we asked our painting whiz, Steph King, to recreate the technique and show you how to paint a corner wall.

Colour drenching is not only a conversation starter – it’s also a great way to try a bold colour if you’re too nervous to paint a whole room. You can also play around with shapes and sizes of the colour drenching, creating crisp corners and right angles or more fluid, curved designs. Move over feature walls, corners are where it’s at!

The whole process is so straightforward and you can easily finish a colour drench corner in just a weekend, totally transforming the room. First consider the vibe you’re going for – a shade that is bold for the greatest impact, or something more serene. Either way, be sure it works well with the existing base colour of the room. 

For Christian and Charlotte’s living room (above), Whinnie Williams chose rich Olive Grove for the drenched corner, alongside tonal shades Brass Buckle and Icing Sugar.

Steph King, our Content Director, picked a Simply Refresh emulsion paint in striking vibrant green for her colour drench corner. Modern and on-trend, just one coat of Everglade Forest packs a punch that works fabulously for a multi-purpose space design.

Watch the video above to see how it’s done, then read on for more detailed steps. Let’s get drenching!

You'll need


  • Dust sheets
  • Stepladder or steps
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level
  • Good quality decorators’ low-tack/clean-edge masking tape
  • Small paintbrush
  • Medium roller and tray
  • Paint - emulsion
  • Paint stirrer

Draw your zone

1. Using a pencil and spirit level, mark a line down the centre of the walls on each side of the corner, from top to bottom.

2. Connect the top of the lines on each wall by drawing a curvy line across the ceiling by hand. (If you’d prefer a straight line, then use a spirit level).

3. Set the side lines on the walls with masking tape and seal them in place with some of the paint. 

Details first

4. Starting with a small brush, paint along the pencil line on the ceiling.

5. With a bigger brush, fill in the rest of the ceiling section, working your way down the edge where the two walls connect in the middle.

Final straight

6. Fill in the middle sections with a roller and leave to dry for four to six hours.

7. Once the paint is nearly dry, gently peel off the masking tape to ensure a nice, crisp line. Voila!

Steph’s insider tip: To ensure you deposit enough colour to cover the wall with a single coat, load your roller or paintbrush generously with Simply Refresh paint and work in small sections at a time.

Don’t miss the next episode of Changing Rooms on Wednesday at 8pm on Channel 4 – and stream this week's show here.

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