Furniture makeover

As you know, last year I embarked on transforming our guest room into a home office and I wanted it to be a bright, motivating space with white walls, floors and furniture to allow the light to bounce around the room. Over the last year I have loved this space but I woke up last Saturday morning and had an intense desire to start adding more pastel colours to my home to make it feel more cohesive as my bedroom and office have a lot of pastels (I warn you, I can feel a whole sitting room makeover coming on – be gone dark colours!).

I decided to start the process by adding a bit of colour to my home office with a quick and easy paint project. There is one corner of my office that has never felt quite right. It feels lifeless and cold with no definition. Here is how it looked before…

I wanted to paint the drawers a pastel colour to bring a bit of warmth to this corner but I couldn’t decide between a dusty pastel pink, blue, green or grey (all these colours thread throughout the office and bedroom at the moment – watch out sitting room, they are coming for you!). I used Dulux’s free Vizualizer app to help me make my colour decision.   As I’ve said before, it can be so difficult to picture the end result when you are decorating so this app is a brilliant tool to help you feel more confident to make colour decisions. All you have to do is hold your phone up in front of the piece of furniture or wall that you want to paint and pick from their huge range of colours and the app will virtually paint the wall/furniture with the colour you choose. You can then save the image and share it directly. I don’t know about you, but I always like to get a bit of feedback from friends. I quickly realised that pink gave the most warmth and tied in well with the bits and bobs that I have on the shelves. I tried out a few different pinks with the app and finally settled on Dulux’s Pink Nevada 6 that is a soft pastel pink – not too sugary.

The app even told me where my nearest Dulux stockist was so I popped to the hardware store and bought a tin of the paint in satinwood and I was confident enough, after using the app, to buy a tin without getting loads of paint samples. This saved loads of time and faffing and didn’t consume my whole weekend.

And here is what this corner of my home office looks like now; much warmer and more cohesive as the pink of the drawers pulls all of the pink around it together. It is now much more of a feature than it was before. Pretty in pink!

I used this vase, flowers and book as colour inspiration and the app also allowed me to colour match the vase to the nearest Dulux shade of pink, which was incredibly helpful as I love this colour.

Dulux Visualizer App | Painted drawers | Home office | Quick makeover | Pastel pink furniture

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Dulux Visualizer App | Painted drawers | Home office | Quick makeover | Pastel pink furniture

I’m really pleased with how bringing more colour into this room has worked out and the process was made so much easier using the Dulux Visualizer app. You can download the app here.

What do you think (please don’t say you like the ‘before’ better than the ‘after’ – ha!)?

Katy x

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17 Comments

  1. Anna 8th October 2015 / 7:38 am

    Your corner has so much more depth now. It’s gone from sterile to deliberately minimal. Love the shelves, too. 🙂 It looks like the vase and dresser were painted in the same colour! Didn’t know the Dulux app could colour match.

  2. Leanne 8th October 2015 / 7:45 am

    It looks truly wonderful, Katy! So fresh, yet cosy and the shade of pink is so scrummy. 🙂 x

  3. Lori 8th October 2015 / 9:34 am

    Oh Katy it looks beautiful! What a perfect way to add a touch of warmth to a room and the pale pink is a gorgeous colour! x

  4. Lorna 8th October 2015 / 9:42 am

    Looks beautiful 🙂 I love that you kept the book shelf in the shot, often I look at blogger posts and think ‘where are all their books/dvds etc.?’ as most of us don’t just have three white and grey books to put on our shelves! So thank you for keeping it real (while still stylish!)

    • Lins @Boo & Maddie 9th October 2015 / 3:05 pm

      Lorna I was just reading your comment and it made me giggle so much – I think exactly the same thing! I need to do a post about our home office and it will have a printer in it because that’s where the printer lives. I ALWAYS wonder what people do with their general paraphernalia. Love how Katy styles.

  5. Jules 8th October 2015 / 11:18 am

    So lovely!!!! I love the idea – downloading the app now!

  6. Hiral 8th October 2015 / 1:23 pm

    Wow! That’s so amazing! I was wondering what colour to paint my walls in my bedroom, now I can use this app to help me decide!!

  7. Amy 8th October 2015 / 7:05 pm

    Such a good idea – love this app. Definitely going to try it out!

  8. Alice 8th October 2015 / 8:40 pm

    How clever is this app?! The drawers look gorgeous – I really love how pastels are making a comeback. The office looks beautifully serene x

  9. Jeska 8th October 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Beautiful pastel pink! 🙂

  10. Claire 8th October 2015 / 11:07 pm

    Terrific. Love that concept. New lease for old furniture. Great post. Off to the colour charts!

  11. Lins @Boo & Maddie 9th October 2015 / 3:07 pm

    I just read about this app on Little House on the Corner blog and it sounds so good, I must try it out over the weekend. Your drawers are perfect in that soft pink, not too much and add just the right level of warmth.

  12. Claire 11th October 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Oh my! This looks wonderful and what a useful app! I need to use this all over the house. Love the pastel pink so much. Great post x

  13. Candy Pop 13th October 2015 / 12:11 pm

    I adore the pink! A beautiful little corner. 🙂 x

  14. Sue 14th October 2015 / 8:38 am

    Loving the pink, Katy! You’re right, it really does warm up that area nicely. Thanks for sharing the info on the Dulux Visualizer app. I’m downloading it as I type, although I was slightly flummoxed…there are 4 versions! I know. I’m easily confused… 😀

  15. Heather 14th October 2015 / 9:27 am

    Well you know how much of a fan I am of your home office, and I think this is a great update. It’s such a subtle shade of pink, but you’re right it totally warms up that area of the room.

  16. Zoë 14th October 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Love that colour – and all the details you have chosen. Didn’t know about the app – am sure that will come in handy – I always struggle to visualise what new colours will look like in situ.

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