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Tan, burlap, chocolate and espresso, not since the ’90s have these warming tones surged in popularity. Once considered as old-fashioned and drab, it’s not surprising why we’ve overlooked brown colours. Yet, all this time, we’ve been missing out on the remarkable effect this colour palette can have in our home. Holding a little more spice than neutral shades, this sumptuous paint colour has a way of highlighting and opening up the best parts of a room. Evoking a rich earthiness, these inviting shades can create an intimate and relaxed atmosphere to any room, all the while showcasing your flair for interior decorating.  

Far from boring, allow us to change your mind when it comes to this humble colour palette – trust us when we say, you’re going to see this hue in a new light. 


Picking up warm hints of mocha and chocolate, S484 Conglomerate from our Feel the Colour collection achieves a striking look, adding a sense of drama to a room while remaining understated enough to tune in with its surroundings. In this contemporary dining room, the creamy mocha brown is offset by lightweight furnishings and an architectural ceiling light fixture. Like this all-white interior, a monochromatic décor can effortlessly look refreshed when embracing unfamiliar backdrop colours, adding depth and warmth to overlooked corners in your home.  


For this project, we tinted S484 Conglomerate with Optiva Matt 5, a luxurious mixture that adds a depth of richness to shades with a beautiful velvet-like effect. When it comes to the paint to mix your chosen colour with, think about the home’s practicality and longevity. The sumptuous matt finish of Optiva Matt 5 offers a beautiful, smooth finish that is hard-wearing for the home with its high resistance to stains and dirt.  


Before you embark on a renovation project, consider the natural light’s direction and how the room’s size and the contents will affect your desired shade. 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 warming tones of a brown colour palette can also tie together different complementary shades together seamlessly. Whether you’re working with open-concept living or creating an intimate atmosphere in a cosy snug, layering brown tones through paint colour choice and interior décor can add layers of depth to any room. 


Putting the idea into practice



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



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



Stir the Optiva Matt 5 interior paint and pour into a roller tray lined with a plastic bag. This will make pouring any remaining paint back into the can easier.  



Begin to 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. 

Clean your tools with water and soap, or use Tikkurila Pensselipesu tool cleaner for more in-depth results. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label. 

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