We love Farrow & Ball, The Paint House, Paint & Paper Library as much as the next girl but the costs of these pricey pots of paints can add up fast.
To get the designer look for less we're heading to B&Q, whose entirely free service uses advanced technology provided by Valspar to create paint in any colour that the eye can see - that's an awe-inspiring two million colours – meaning you’re guaranteed to get an exact match to your shade of choice.
All you have to do is find a sample of the colour you’d like to replicate, whether it’s a sample paint pot, piece of fabric, a favourite item of clothing or a home accessory, and take it to your local store to be scanned. B&Q will then do the hard work for you, creating a bespoke shade that’s available in a variety of finishes from satin gloss to durable matt – they’ll even store the colour in their system in case you ever need to come back for more. If B&Q can scan it, they'll match it!
Finally, an ingenious way to get those designer walls (or touch up a piece of furniture) you’ve always hankered after, for less.