Dulux Trade has brought a splash of colour to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, brightening up its bi-colour play barn with colours specified by the paint manufacturer’s Commercial Design Service.
The centre houses abandoned or unwanted pets, promotes welfare and provides treatment until the animals find a new home. The play barn is used on a daily basis where animals, particularly the centre’s canine residents can play and get exercise. A grassy outdoor play area adjacent to the barn – complete with assault course, sandpit and paddling pool – means that when dogs enter the play barn, they bring the outdoors in. The room is subject to constant wear and tear all year round and according to centre manager, Nicola Bishop, the room requires regular cleaning.
Dulux Trade specifiers were asked to enhance the room’s aesthetics and give it a makeover that would withstand the dirt and provide a robust scheme to reduce cleaning.
The Dulux Trade Diamond range of paints specified, which includes Matt, Eggshell and High Performance Eggshell versions, is noted for its hard-wearing qualities, allowing a long-lasting finish and an extended maintenance cycle.
The Dulux Trade Commercial Specifier Team recommended a colourful scheme that they say , “reflected the energy and wit of the animals; colours that would also appeal to visitors and the staff who regularly use the Playbarn “ .
The paint was used to provide fresh ‘pops ‘ of bright colour in the play barn centering on yellow and blues to create an upbeat and ‘optimistic’ feel to the room. These clusters of colour were used as contrasts to the magnolia side walls.
Becky Davidson, Senior Brand Manager at Dulux Trade said: “We chose a bright pop of yellow for the feature walls, with blue and turquoise colours for the adjoining toilet and wash basin walls and main door. The window alcoves were enhanced with lime green to draw the light in “.
Aylesbury-based decorating contractors, A Splash of Colour understook the job with decorating the play barn’s walls, internal door and window trims.