Paint has the power to transform lives, as this colourful mural by artist Cherilyn Yeates proves. The project is her second in the Stroke Ward at Croydon University Hospital, where she has been working to enhance its communal spaces with Community RePaint – a Dulux-sponsored, UK-wide paint recycling initiative that collects and redistributes paint to improve lives within communities. Cherilyn’s work helps people to realise the beauty of the everyday, exploring how natural patterns and colours can transform spaces and contribute to our wellbeing.
An Earthy Palette
Inspired by the harmony of the different shades found in nature, Cherilyn used a palette of calm ochres and refreshing greens to help recovering stroke patients feel at ease in hospital. She’s been told that the mural gives passers-by a space to truly relax in – somewhere they can sit back and focus solely on their rehabilitation. Cherilyn explains: “As the patients are on a journey to recovery, I wanted to combine earthy, soothing colours. Community RePaint was able to match the natural palette I designed perfectly. Projects like this are possible only because of the generosity of everyday DIYers – just like you at home!”
The average household has 17 partused tins of paint collecting dust in sheds, garages and cupboards. Sound familiar? Thankfully, Community RePaint helps to free up much-needed storage space and give leftover paint a new lease of life. In fact, the UK-wide, Dulux-sponsored initiative collected no less than 433,250 litres of paint in 2018 alone, transforming lives through colour in the process. Have you recently finished a revamp and have part-used tins stashed away somewhere? Worry not: avoid waste by donating what you have to your local scheme. Find a participating centre near you at communityrepaint.org.uk.
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