First impressions count! So tackling the narrow entrance and hallway of their Kingsland reno project was top of the list for serial DIYers Blair and Gretchen. Luckily, the pair knew where to turn for advice and headed straight to their local Resene ColorShop, where Resene Colour Expert Amy Watkins gave them some great practical tips to make the space work better for them.
“Don’t go too dark,” was Amy’s main advice. “As soon as you go darker, it starts to make the space feel that much smaller. The key is keeping it light and bright, so then it feels light and open.”
As the original entrance was “pokey, dark and crammed”, Blair and Gretchen extended the panelling from their lounge into the entrance and hallway, and utilised the same Resene limewash effect for consistency and to create a harmonious, expansive feeling.
“We’ve always loved the two-tone effect that we saw in Italian villas in magazines and from our travels,” Blair explains as to why they chose to paint the panelling and the walls in different hues.
A touch of texture
To achieve the limewash look on the walls, they started with a coat of Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat, then a coat of Resene X-200 acrylic weathertight membrane in Resene Alabaster, to add texture, followed by a coat of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, also in Resene Alabaster.
Once dry, they added one coat of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Double Sea Fog mixed with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium (1/3 colour to 2/3 Resene FX Paint Effects Medium) applied in a criss-cross manner, then ragged, then a final coat of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene Sea Fog mixed with Resene FX Paint Effects Medium (1/3 colour to 2/3 Resene FX Paint Effects Medium), also applied in a ‘criss cross’ manner, then ragged.