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DIY Limewash... The step-by-step guide to master the technique at home.

Popularised through social media, the newest interior trend of limewashing your walls has taken the interior world by storm. An elevation on the classic neutral home décor and simple interiors, limewashing adds an element of texture and interest to your space. Although lime paint is available, we recommend using a matt finish paint mixed with water to create a diluted solution to then apply to your walls. Not only is this a budget-friendly but eases the stress when redecorating, as it is easier to paint over.

What are limewash walls?

The technique of limewash walls dates back to ancient Egypt, being one of the oldest painting methods known to man. It was initially used as a protective coating for buildings, providing a breathable and water-resistant barrier that helped prevent damage from moisture and decay. However, over time it has seen a rise in demand for inside the home. Different colours can be related to different areas of the country, for example, pink is often seen more in Suffolk therefore being an indicator of the trends in that area during that time.

Limewashed bathroom in a charcoal grey

(Image credits: Jessica Brydson)

How can you create limewash walls in your home?

This technique is surprisingly easier than it looks, and more importantly cheaper. A viral TikTok video shows how you can create this look for under £10 using sample pots and or cheap paint. TikTok creator @chrystalspalcae said she used matt emulsion paint tester pots from B&Q in the shade Tijuana- priced at just £2 a pot. Seeing as you mix the paint with water you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on expensive paints to achieve your desired look.  

We suggest using a matt emulsion paint in a neutral colour to create the most depth in your space, be experimental and use browner or terracotta undertones to add character to your walls. How about using the colour Hedgehog or Blenheim Mews from our Hanford + Green collection to warm up your room?

Limewashed bedroom, with Salmon bed frame

(Image credits: Stephen Kent Johnson)

The next stage is adding the water, we recommend a 70/30 ratio, using 70% water and 30% paint formulation for the best results. Remember you are looking for a watery consistency so if you think it's still too thick to apply add some more water.

The application requires a little more time and patience than just rolling paint onto a wall. We suggest that you paint one light coat of the colour you have chosen onto the walls, before starting with the technique. Once the first coat has been applied and you have waited for it to dry, apply the water and paint solution you have created with either a soft bristle, wide brush or an old rag in circular, flicking motions to the wall. Start with sections, and work your way across the wall for best results. It may take a second to get the hang of it, but once you get to grips with the movement it should take no time at all to complete a room.

If you are after a new look for your home, then this could be the idea for you. Try this technique of painting and see how it can warm up your space for a relaxing and tranquil home.

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