Now you see me, now you don't...

How to use paint to hide unsightly features.


This is an attic bedroom, with low walls and sloping ceilings. The wall behind the bed has been painted in Farrow & Ball Off Black. See how the white door is the first thing you see when looking at the wall?


Simply painting the door and architrave in the same colour as the wall hides the door and makes the wall feel bigger. The skirting boards could also have been painted in the Off Black to create extra height to the wall.


In the finished room the door is completely invisible, creating a more symmetrical look to the bed head wall.

This technique of painting ugly features in the same colour as the surrounding wall can be an incredibly useful tool. It is very simple and can be highly effective.


The trick is to not automatically assume that all woodwork has to be painted white.


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