If you’re looking to brighten up your walls, one clever (and pocket-friendly) way to add a splash of colour is by creating colour-blocked shelves.

Grouping a set of mini-shelves together is a good way to maximise wall space too. Be it for a cosy reading nook for favourite books, your kid’s bedroom to showcase their favourite toys, or a hallway for bits and bobs, making a feature from your storage by using different colours and painted shapes can make a playful statement in any room. And the best thing is that you’ll only need a little paint to create this unique look.

So grab your leftover tester pots (or order some colour testers here) and watch the video above or read the step-by-step guide below to see how to do this yourself.

Difficulty rating: Easy peasy

Time: 1 day

What you’ll need:

Step 1: First, draw shapes on the wall around your shelves. These can be any shape you like such as triangles, circles or rectangles.

Step 2: Then, using your sanding block, lightly sand the surface area of your shelves.

Step 3: You’re ready to paint to paint your shelves! Using your paintbrush and Dulux colours, paint your shelves in your chosen shades and wait for the first coat of paint to dry. Once they’re dry, apply a second coat.

Step 4: Fill in your shapes using the matching wall colours. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 5: Make sure your shelves are straight by marking your shelf location using your pencil and spirit level.

Step 6: Now fix your shelves onto the walls securely with the screws. Ta-da! That’s it. Your shelves are ready for styling.

Ready to get this look? Pick your colours and get your testers delivered for free.