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Creative woman uses lockdown to transform hallway into pastel paradise for £170

May 20, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Tia Chauhan, 33, spent her lockdown creatively
  • She used paints from Next and Dulux to create a pastel theme in her hallway
  • She spent just £170, including accessories from TK Maxx, Aldi and B&M

Many of us are spending lockdown creatively by getting stuck into various DIY projects.

And one woman took the opportunity to turn her hallway into a pastel paradise for just £170.

Tia Chauhan, 33, from Birmingham, stocked up on Dulux and Next paint, Aldi and B&M accessories and IKEA plants and got to work transforming her home.

Tia, who works in retail marketing, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I had all intentions to paint the hallway over spring and summer however being furloughed and on lockdown, the extra time at home gave me the chance to crack on with projects around the house.

"Like most homeowners, I had a few pots of paint lying around the house and initially my thoughts were to just lift the hallway by bringing some life to the walls and be a little playful with the colours.

"I was shopping in Next in their sales earlier this year and randomly came across a single pot of paint in shade Peppermint Scoop in-store for £6 - what a bargain and also I didn't know Next sold paint!

"I fell in love with the colour without even testing the colour on my walls but even more so with the price as I thought it was an absolute steal and I just knew that I would use it somewhere in the house but didn't know where.

"I just knew that I had to get rid of all the magnolia all over the walls and tested the paints I had on the wall and loved Peppermint Scoop out of them all.”

Once Tia got started, she decided to mix the Peppermint Scoop with a pink shade from Dulux.

“I removed my wall art, prepped the walls and started painting with the Peppermint Scoop,” she explains.

"Midway through painting, I realised that I hadn't got have enough paint to all walls twice over and not only that, the paint I got from Next has now discontinued so there was no chance of me being able to get any more paint in!

"I liked the idea of creating the mint with a different shade of green or using a subtle pink but couldn't find the right shade.

"It's hard to get true colours online as they look so different when you get the colour on your wall.

"My friend suggested the Blush Pink matt finish by Dulux and I loved the shade! After waiting over an hour to get on to B&Q's website, luckily my nearest store had stock of the paint and I reserved that and some garden paint via Click and Collect.”

Tia used a wide range of materials to transform the hallway, including a flower print from The Range, accessories from B&M, Aldi and IKEA, and a shelf from TK Maxx, spending a total of £170.

Tia, who shares her home transformations on Instagram at @myabodeandstyle, says she is delighted with the finished look of the hallway, and it has proved an ideal project for the lockdown.

"I am over the moon with how the hallway looks and how the blush pink compliments the peppermint so well,” she adds.

"Both colours are really refreshing and I haven't had to change my wall art and accessories either as they look really nice against the colours I've used.

“My top tips would be that when you've tested a paint colour on the wall, leave it for a couple of days before painting so you can see how the colour looks from day to night.

"Don't be afraid to experiment with colour and to go for something a little different.

"I needed to keep busy during lockdown and especially as I have been furloughed too.

"Using the free time to do something creative and productive whilst you have the free time is really satisfying and also gets a project ticked off your list too.

"Now that my hallway is done, my current projects involve transforming my outdoor garden space and my spare room too.

"Paint seems like gold dust at the moment so you just need to be a little patient with getting your supplies if you don't have them already.

"In the meantime, there is loads of inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram too. I hope that the colours I've used will inspire others to try some pretty colours!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “There have been lots of negative things about lockdown, but one of the positives for me is seeing the amazing ways people are using their newly found time to transform their homes.

“Tia’s pastel paradise looks amazing - and I love all the affordable accessories too. If you want to follow in Tia’s footsteps, order sample pots online and paint on your walls in different lights to decide which colour is your favourite!"

What Tia bought:

Peppermint Scoop matt paint - Next (£6)

Blush Pink matt paint - Dulux (£16)

Flower print - The Range (£29.99)

Gold circular shelf - TK Maxx (£19.99)

Mini cacti - IKEA (£3)

Printed Art - Desenio (£45)

Plant - Aldi (£10.99)

Gold wire basket - B&M (£10)

Gold Tray - IKEA (£10)

Grey Vase - ALDI (£1.49)

Fake flowers - Magical Story (£5)

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