Not everything in the home has to literally be shiny and new to make a statement. A rustic feel and antique look will always been on trend – and they can be easily achieved thanks to the range of Karen Walker Chalk Colour paints from Resene ColorShops.
The collection of chalk colours is an extension of the Karen Walker Paints palette, with the chalk finish creating a velvety, matte look that can be used to upcycle furniture or revamp a room. â€śI think all chalk finishes give a cosy feel but I especially love a full room in a dusty, cosy colour with a chalky finish,â€ť says Walker. â€śThereâ€™s something about the worn-in, lived-in feel it gives thatâ€™s very grounding.â€ť
The paints are available in all 42 of the Karen Walker Resene colours, and Walker says thereâ€™s something â€ścomforting and cocooningâ€ť about the matte finish that differentiates the new collection. â€śIâ€™ve always looked for a slightly worn-in, dusty, even attic-y feel for our colours and being able to execute them in an actual chalk finish is the perfect way for them to be seen,â€ť she explains.
Walker has embraced the chalk look in her own home by playing with contrasting finishes. â€śIâ€™ve always had a dry-looking finish throughout the walls of my home and throw a smoother, slightly shinier finish against it with much of the furniture,â€ť she says.
While people experimenting with chalk paint might be tempted to start small, Walker says not to hold back. â€śDo the full room and donâ€™t be afraid of the colour,â€ť she advises, adding that we shouldnâ€™t fear trying new things with our interiors. â€śItâ€™s only paint! You can always paint over it if you donâ€™t love it. Also, our paint colours are selected so that the colours in each story work with all the others.â€ť
Itâ€™s true that Karen Walker Paints eliminate a need to wade through overwhelming paint charts. The range ensures timeless and stylish colours have already been selected for you. â€śThereâ€™s no way you can go wrong so just have a play,â€ť says Walker. “The editâ€™s already been done for you.â€ť
In addition to the new chalk finish, the new Karen Walker range for Resene includes two waxes that can be used to improve furnitureâ€™s depth and lustre. Karen Walker Vintage Wax can be used to create a French Provincial-inspired aged look, or Karen Walker Soft Wax helps to keep the matte look of the Chalk Colour paint finish while providing an extra protective layer.