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Dark Grey Bedding Against Light Grey Wall

A method often used in kitchens to give them an expensive finish, painting wall surfaces and cabinets the same shade has the ability to create a cohesive and polished look. This neat little trick can even help make the smallest of spaces feel open and airy by giving the illusion of bulky furniture like consoles, bookcases or a bedside cabinet as unobtrusive built-ins. Just like magic, they become part of the space itself, rather than something that competes with it.  


We took an unloved bedroom that lacked personality and transformed it into a defined sleeping space that adds an abundance of cosiness and drama. 

White Bedding Against Light Grey Wall, Black Side Cabinet and Black Lamp


White Bedding Against Light Grey Wall, Black Side Cabinet and Black Lamp


Woman Holding White Card Against White Wall

For this project, we chose the clay-grey tones of the V487 Cloister shade and complimented the cool tones by pairing the paint colour with intense shades of black and slate grey. Finding your perfect shade from our Feel the Colour collection is made easier with our A4 Colour Samples. When paired with a Tikkurila interior paint, consider the direction of natural light, the size of the room and how the contents will affect your desired shade. The easiest way to understand your shade is to take a tester and try it out at different times of the day to see how the results are affected by natural and artificial light. 


The sumptuous matt finish of Optiva Matt 5 was used for the interior wall paint, while the bedside cabinets and decorative moulding were enriched by our glossy Helmi 80 furniture paint to give the V487 Cloister colour depth.  


Balance this intense colour palette by seeking out tactile touches such as laundered linen fabrics and macrame wall art, and curate smaller highlights like natural wooden textures and delicate gold objects to add character to the interior space. Your new sanctuary will now feel at home in a luxurious boutique hotel.  


Putting the idea into practice 

Hand Cleaning White Wall with White Cloth


Begin by wiping the surface of the wall clean. If the surface is in need of a deeper clean, use Tikkurila Maalipesu cleaning agent to remove any unwanted dirt and leave to dry. 

Corner of White Wall and White Double Socket


Lay down dust sheets to protect the floorspace and cover mouldings and sockets with masking tape. If the wall surface needs to be levelled or if the previous paint is a darker colour, apply a coat of Optiva Primer. Choose Optiva Primer in a shade close to your new topcoat. 

Woman Paint White Wall with Roller


Stir the Optiva Matt 5 interior paint and apply two coats using a paint roller with an extension pole. Optiva Matt 5 can be recoated within a minimum of 4 hours of painting or may take longer depending on a low temperature or in conditions of increased humidity. 

Painting the bedside cabinet and decorative moulding

Hand Cleaning Disassembled Drawer with Cloth


Begin by cleaning the surface of the furniture using Tikkurila Maalipesu cleaning agent - ensure to read instructions thoroughly before use. After drying time, sand the previous paint surface until matt and remove the sanding dust with a dust brush or a dust-binding cloth. 


Disassembled Drawer with Black Paint Tray and Roller Inside


Apply a single coat of Helmi Pohjamaali Primer to the bedside cabinet using a furniture paint roller or a paintbrush. Leave to dry for 5 hours before painting a topcoat. 

Paint Roller on Top of White Piece of Wood


Finish with 1-2 coats of the glossy Helmi 80 furniture paint, pre-mixed with your chosen colour. Helmi 80 furniture paint can be recoated after 16 hours. If a different finish is required, opt for the matt Helmi 10 or semi-matt Helmi 30.  

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