You may have seen me post recently about how we are in the process of giving our daughter’s bedroom a Tween Makeover. In that last post, I shared my inspiration, ideas and some of the plans, looking at the Scandi theme that we are hoping to recreate. It needs to be a room that grows with her into her teens; that we can easily update when we need to and add to as her passions change.
So, one of the main issues was the colour palette. I had taken inspiration from some of some Honeycomb paper balls that I love, from The Hambledon (more on that in another post), and knew this contemporary colour combination would work for our daughter.
I was recently approached by Valspar, the new paint mixing system available in B&Q. At the time of writing, Valspar is being rolled out to the largest B&Q stores, and is already available in the smaller a mid size stores.
Valspar Paint Mixing:
My initial impressions were really good. The area is bright, inspirational and really inviting, with over 2000 colour cards or chips available from the display section. Whites are displayed within the correct colour area to allow you select a great colour combination. Lighting panels also show you how the colour will look in daylight, energy saving light and fluorescent light.
What’s really exciting though is how Valspar can mix a colour for you from over 2.2 million. Yes that’s right. Their system can scan in a colour, from a book, a cushion, some wallpaper or fabric, and then the software will recreate that colour and tell you how accurate it is. And it’s really pretty accurate! There’s no other system in the UK with such a variety of colours at its disposal.
During the hour I spent at the Valspar counter, I noticed several customers discussing their paint requirements with the Valspar team. Customer service is at the heart of the Valspar experience. Every customer should understand their paint. They should take away the correct paint for their project, be really satisfied with their purchase and enjoy their product. It’s really important to Valspar that they sell the correct product and that customers return for the next project.
What We Thought:
This paint is lovely. It’s low odour, easy to use and covers really, really well. I’ve used a lot of paint varieties over the years, some better than others, but this really is one of the best I’ve tried. It just goes on the wall so easily and, to be honest, we could have used just one coat, but obviously went for two to follow recommendations.
Products we tried:
- Premium Matt Emulsion in Coral and Freshwater Pearl
- Premium Water Based Eggshell for Wood and Metal in White and Mint
- Primer and Undercoat in One
This is just a sneak peek into the makeover, but I wanted to show you how the colour is looking on the walls. We’ve gone for one feature wall in Luminous Coral, then 3 walls in Freshwater Pearl, a pink based off white. I’ve used the Mint for Wood and Metal on a few pieces of furniture and accessories, including a mirror, and the woodwork is a lovely fresh white. It’s hard to represent the colours through images, but hopefully you get a good sense of the palette.
A 5 litre tin of Premium Matt Emulsion mixed to your exact requirements is £42 and well worth every penny. Do hop along to your nearest B&Q and check out the Valspar counter. Have a chat and discuss your requirements with the knowledgable team, and enjoy your product. If you try it out, I’d love to know how you get on.
I was gifted the Valspar paint in exchange for the makeover and review, but all comments, opinions and thoughts are my own.