How-To - Painting

Sarah Richardson's paint line

Canada's favourite HGTV host and designer Sarah Richardson has come out with a new paint line and Style at Home caught up with her to get the inside scoop and pick up a few decorating tips and tricks.

sarah-richardson-paint-bedroom.jpgSarah went for a preppy Palm Beach look in the bedroom with pink and green walls and a powder pink ceiling.

S@H Have you ever had a colour disaster?
Who hasn't? I've had too many to list, but that’s the beauty of paint -- a fresh coat in a different colour and the disaster becomes a distant memory.

S@H What are your five TOP tips for choosing colour to create the environment you want?
SR 1 Think about how you want to feel in a room and the mood you want to create. Do you want to be stimulated or are you seeking a calming environment?
Always go two shades lighter and two shades "muddier" than the colour you think you want. Colour intensifies once on four walls!
Never overlook the ceiling. It's a wonderful place to add a delicate hint of colour and will add interest to the room.
4 Never use a single colour for an open concept home. You can break colour and introduce a new shade anywhere that two walls meet, and you won't regret breaking out of the builder's beige mould.
5 Always keep the direction of light in the room in mind when deciding on a colour direction. Warm colours are best in North and East rooms and cool colours when facing South and West (blue in a North room can be chilly, and yellows in sunny South rooms can be dazzling and overpowering).

S@H What are your five favourite colours and why?
Just five? Narrowing it down to 75 was agonizing! 

S@H You’re presently shooting Design 101 – what’s that in a nutshell?
It's a back to basics decorating show focusing on the building blocks of design that aims to help viewers achieve winning results at home.

Your career and popularity are taking off at breakneck speed.  How does it feel?
Busy and exciting! There's never time to sit back and reflect on the last project as we're usually diving headlong into the next one, but having the opportunity to offer ideas and inspiration through our work while experimenting creatively is very rewarding. I'm blessed to have built my career doing what I'm most passionate about.

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