Saturday, July 22, 2017  

Color Conundrum
A Fresh Coat of Paint is a Great Way to Change the Look and Feel of a Home

1. Don’t Fear Change…or Color

There are no rules about color when it comes to your own home. Using neutral or earth tones for larger, more permanent or more expensive items like the sofa will allow you to experiment with paint and colorful accessories to liven up your personal space. Many people fear dark and bold colors for their walls, but it’s okay to get creative with paint color, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Many paint brands offers a one-coat coverage guarantee, making it easy to quickly and inexpensively update the look of a room. 

2. The Two “C’s” of Design: Customize and Complement

A room’s color scheme should always be decided based on your personal tastes coupled with something more, like a piece of fabric or favorite accessory. Bring an accent rug or lampshade with you to the store for paint color ideas.  Most paint stores can recreate even the most unusual color.

These eight simple tips should be taken into consideration when consider that colors and methods to painting your interior walls.  It is also important to remember to choose colors and styles that are suited for you, your family, and your lifestyle. Never pick a color based on recommendations from friends and family. Always design to appease your own personality, not the masses.  You are the one who will have to live in that space.

3. Paint Inside the Lines

Painting is the easiest and cheapest way to transform your home. You may want to select an alternating pattern of matte and glossy finishes of the same paint color on your walls to create vertical stripes. This creates dimension and elongates the space between your ceiling and floor. Using faux finishes, stencils and borders can also add personality to your home.  There are also a number of layering techniques available to incorporate several paint colors into your room.

4. Be Your Own Monet

Believe it or not, a plainly painted canvas can be just as effective as an expensive piece of art.  To tie the color scheme of your room together, purchase and paint several canvases with colors inspired by the details of your room - green from the throw pillows or brown from the area rug.  Hang your homemade art grouped in a symmetric pattern or scattered across the wall creating a completely unique masterpiece.

5. Work that Woodwork

Cabinetry, trim and other woodwork add detail and dimension to a room, and finishing them with paint can make them more effective design elements. Use a semi- or high-gloss paint on woodwork to help emphasize architectural details. Priming and then painting trim and cabinets separates the walls from the woodwork, helping every carving and edge to pop.

6. Pick Up the Right Accent

Home enthusiasts are increasingly keen on accent walls, but deciding which wall to paint is tricky. Walls with dramatic architectural features, such as fireplaces and detailed woodwork, make the best accent walls. Avoid choosing long walls and those with TVs or “holes,” like doors and windows, for your accent color. Painting them creates distraction and causes them to compete with other dramatic features of the room.

7. From Gloss to Flat, Finish Matters

Using paint with the appropriate finish can make or break your space. Kitchens and bathrooms should always be painted with a semi- or high-gloss finish for protection against moisture and everyday wear and tear. Glossy finishes tend to highlight a wall’s imperfections, however, so use a flat finish in bedrooms or dining rooms. And regardless of what finish you settle on, always make sure a primer is used first to seal the surface and ensure the best results.

8. Color Me Moody

When selecting the color that you want to paint a room you should keep in mind that colors have the ability to impact your mood.  Color also says a lot about the individual within a living space.  Every color can fit into one of three categories; active, passive, and neutral.  This should be taken into consideration when choosing paint colors.

Red is an active color.  It has the ability to raise a room’s energy level.  In a living room or dining room, red has the ability to draw people together and stimulate conversation. 

Yellow to many people is a happy color.  It captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness.  Yellow’s energizing qualities make it the perfect selection for a kitchen, dining room, or bathroom.

Blue is considered a calming, relaxing color.  It is a good choice to use in bedrooms or bathrooms.  Pale blue can make a room feel cold, especially if there is little natural light, so it should be coupled with more warm hues, such as red or yellow.  Warmer blues, such as periwinkle and turquoise, are ideal for encouraging relaxation in gathering rooms.  Dark blues can evoke sadness and should be used with brighter colors.

Green is considered to be one of the most restful colors; combining the relaxation of blue with the cheerfulness of yellow.  This color is ideal for any room in the house. 

Purple, in shades such as eggplant, is sophisticated and dramatic.  It is often associated with royalty and as such gives the impression of luxury.  A lighter shade of purple can give the same restful feelings as pale blue without the risk of seaming cold.

Orange is a very high energy color.  It evokes excitement and enthusiasm.  This color is best used in high energy rooms such as a play rooms or exercise rooms.

Neutrals, such as black, white, brown and grey, are among the most flexible colors.  Furniture and accent pieces can easily liven things up, but the color will not easily fall in or out of fashion.  Add color to accessories to give the room a more dramatic or exciting feel.  Use more neutrals to calm down the feel of the room.  Black is best used in very small doses, as an accent color. 
When painting the ceiling remember that you can stray away from the typical white.  That being said a lighter color ceiling has the ability to make the space feel larger, while a darker color makes the ceiling seem lower.  A lower ceiling does not always mean that it feels claustrophobic; it could just make the room seem cozier.