Style file: The paint-dipped effect


Style file: The paint-dipped effect


As far as trends go, I am well aware that this one may not be cutting-edge, in fact, it may even be bordering on ‘last season’, but nonetheless, some things are always in style and I for one, am still a big fan of anything with a paint dipped aesthetic. Safe to say that what was once a ‘yeah, I kind of like that’ opinion has now developed into a full-blown crush.

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I suspect the sudden renewed interest in this trend has to do with the application of colours. When I first noticed the paint dipping trend, it was the neons that caught my eye, but whilst my wardrobe has accumulated a few neon numbers, my decorating style has not ventured quite that far (yet), so I didn’t quite take to it at first. Lately however, I am seeing more of this color block effect in pastel shades, beautifully applied to furniture, kitchenware and even fabrics. I figure why have a mind if you can’t change it. Right? So thank you Pinterest for reacquainting me and swaying my opinion on this very cool trend.

Shortly after starting this post, I had to pop out to attend a meeting at one of Dubai’s fabulous new eateries, Tom & Serg. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check it out! Tala Soubra, fellow Dubai-based blogger at Fork It Over Dubai, has captured it beautifully. But, I am digressing… the point I was getting to is that as I walked into this bright and airy space, the first thing I noticed were the amazing paint-dipped chairs (see image 1 below). Sheesh… a little message from the universe, perhaps? Whatever it was, it stirred a sudden urgency in me to (a) complete this post, and (b) get me some paint-dipped action of my own. There are some bar stools in my kitchen that need a makeover… I think they may be in for a dipping!

After taking to the interweb for some inspiration, here’s what I’ve found so far.

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In summary, be it neon or pastel, paint dipping seems a fun and economical way to add life and a pop of color to just about anything – stools, baskets and utensils are ranking amongst my favorite dip victims. I think I may brave the DIY frontier, soonish. Watch this space.

Kathryn Hawkes

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  • […] little change – something to lighten and brighten things up a bit. It was time to try out the paint-dipped effect I have had my eye on for a while […]

  • Tala 07/01/2014 at 9:09 AM

    Thanks for posting this and for the mention.

    I absolutely adore paint dipped furniture.

    The neon trend threw me off a bit, but once the dipping got into the the pastel colors it stole my heart.


    • admin 07/01/2014 at 10:23 AM

      Tala, good to know it wasn’t just me! And to think that I actually kind of like the neons now too. Such is the irony of life 🙂

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