If you are planning a painting project around the house we think you should take inspiration from the colourful work of designer Mathew Williamson.
He is working with Dulux on the Let’s Colour project in the UK which uses paint to help regenerate buildings in rundown communities.
Pictured is the first colour makeover which was done to the Ravensbourne Community Centre in South East London.
It is based on one of the designer’s famously colourful pieces of beautiful rainbows and the progression photographs show the real impact the colour change has made on the community surrounds.
“I love the idea that painting grey and unwelcoming areas in bright, vibrant colours can bring about a positive change and a sense of optimism in everyone who lives within them," Mr Williamson said.
"I think life should be filled with colour - the world would be a very dull place without it."
The regeneration program has already been instigated in India, France and Brazil.
There will be more colour projects all across the UK with community regeneration charity, Groundwork joining the cause.
More than 200 projects will be completed this year using a whopping 60,000 litres of paint and positively impacting the lives of more than 350,000 people.
But for now take inspiration from the rainbow mural and Dulux’s tips for painting the exterior of a building at home.
1. Always examine exterior colour cards outside in the daylight because colour chips can often look lighter outside. Rich colours tend to be quite strong and can be used to create a sense of fun and drama.
2. Start by focusing on four main areas; wall, trim, plinth and front door.
3. Bear in mind the existing colours of the space that you cannot change. For example the roof, slates, brick work or wood cladding because these will dictate the colour palette.
4. Try to maintain a sense of colour balance between the space, the landscape and the neighbourhood.
These are excellent tips to ensure your building becomes a much-loved part of the view rather than an eyesore gossiped about amongst the neighbours.
For more information or tips visit the Let’s Colour Project website.